CAA Academic Alliance Programs

With its genesis through the athletic conference, the CAA Academic Alliance serves a diverse array of faculty, staff, and students across its 14 institutions. It is governed by the Provosts Council, comprised of the Chief Academic Officer of each member institution. Over the past 21 years, the Alliance has maintained a record of successful programmatic accomplishments, including faculty research grant programming, communities of practice, high impact practice collaborations, and an array of other programmatic initiatives identified as priorities by the Provosts Council. 

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Innovate/Collaborate (IN/CO) Grant Program

Over the past six years, the CAA Academic Alliance has encouraged inter-institutional collaboration and research innovation through its signature Innovate/Collaborate (IN/CO) Grant Program. By providing seed and pilot project funding of more than $442,000 since its inception, to eleven different institutions, most project awards have included three or more collaborating CAA institutions.


As a pilot program stemming from a CAA Academic Alliance IN/CO Round 3 grant project award, UNCW, Elon and NC A & T are currently participating as the first cohort of CAA Research Scholars. The inaugural group of CAA Research Scholars will offer their initial findings at a regional research symposium event in October, 2023. 


Virtual research mentoring is an important aspect of high impact mentoring and provides opportunities to underrepresented students who are involved in mentored experiences. Furthermore, the recent pandemic environment has resulted in creating better technological resources for faculty and students, and has demonstrated the extensive capabilities of virtual engagement and learning.