STATEWIDE COMMUNITY IMPACT
UA’s Winning Grants and Sustaining Communities Grant Training Program trained 70 participants on successful grant-writing strategies during the 2021-2022 academic year.
UA employees contributed $386,464 to the United Way of West Alabama campaign.
The Center for Instructional Technology provided logistical and technological support for Alabama School Superintendents in over 50 counties to support online learning needs.
The UA ACCESS Support Center, in collaboration with the Alabama State Department of Education, offers free online courses through its Franchise Model to all students in grades 7-12 in the state of Alabama. During the 2021-2022 academic year, ACCESS Virtual Learning provided distance learning education opportunities to 16,914 students across 152 schools in Alabama.
UA’s University Medical Center expanded its operations and added clinics throughout West Alabama and the Black Belt Region to provide increased medical care and support to Alabamians. UMC is now operating clinics in Tuscaloosa, Northport, Demopolis, Fayette, Carrollton, and Livingston.
The Alabama Life Research Institute, in partnership with a multidisciplinary team of researchers at UA and UAB, was awarded a five-year $7.1 million NIH grant titled, “HEALthy Brain and Child Development Study,” to conduct a comprehensive study of risk and protective factors for healthy brain development in children.
Working with several state agencies and nonprofit organizations, researchers and social work experts at UA created the Connect Alabama app, an easy-to-use app that instantly provides access to behavioral health resources people need to take the next step.
During the 2021-2022 academic year, HomeFirst, a financial wellness program funded through a contract with Fannie Mae and implemented by UA’s Center for Community-Based Partnerships, assisted individuals on their path toward financial well-being and potential first-time homeownership.
Vision Days, hosted by the UA Division of Community Affairs, is a campus-wide effort focusing on early recruitment of high school students from rural and underrepresented areas in Alabama. During the 2021-2022 academic year, 1,848 high school students from 28 in-state high schools and 16 Alabama counties attended a Vision Days event.
Now in its seventh year, The University of Alabama’s Rising Tide Capital Campaign has surpassed $1.22 billion, setting a state record for the most funds raised during a campaign, with nearly four years left to achieve its $1.5 billion goal. As of mid-February 2023, The Rising Tide has created over 800 new scholarships and 46 new faculty support funds.
UA raised more funds than ever during the fifth annual Bama Blitz. Alumni and supporters contributed 1,329 gifts totaling more than $6.1 million during the crowdfunded, social-media-driven campaign, surpassing a previous record of $3.6 million.
UA Dance Marathon raised $201,000 for Children’s of Alabama during its latest annual fundraising efforts. The event was honored by Children’s of Alabama for donating more than $2 million to the hospital since the student-led organization was created in 2011.
UA received nearly $8 million in federal transit funds to replace a quarter of its transit system buses with electric buses, reducing emissions and further positioning UA and the region as a hub for the electric vehicle ecosystem.
UA SafeState has provided 107 educational and assistance visits and corrected 311 hazards for the New OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard for Health Care Workers and conducted training for 1,657 people from 63 of 67 Alabama counties.