A Conversation with University Innovation Alliance Executive Director Bridget Burns, EdD

UIA Executive Director Bridget Burns, EdD joins Travis Smith on the Higher Ed Athletics podcast. The University Innovation Alliance is a group of 11 universities, all of which are NCAA D1 institutions, that focus on tackling big problems in higher education.

Dr. Burns introduces the UIA and talks about their work streams and mapping techniques. Burns, who used to serve as a Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor in the Oregon University System, talks about what it takes to be a great behind-the-scenes executive for college presidents. Next, Smith asks what most college presidents think of big-time college football and men’s basketball and how it fits into modern higher education. Burns ends the episode with a detailed explanation of what college presidents are dealing with during the coronavirus pandemic.

The University Innovation Alliance members include: Oregon State, UC Riverside, Arizona State, Texas, Kansas, Iowa State, Purdue, Michigan State, Ohio State, Georgia State and Central Florida. Visit www.theuia.org to learn more about the UIA and why athletic conferences might be an opportunity to be innovative in solving big problems, too.