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Florida International University is among a group of 130 nationwide universities to improve college access and close the achievement gap between minority, low-income students and their non-minority peers.

The universities will share data with the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), which organized the effort, called Powered by Publics: Scaling Student Success. It’s the largest ever collaborative effort addressing college access, equity and educational attainment, according to APLU.

Participating schools were chosen to create a diversity of enrollment, student demographics, regional workforce needs and selectivity so results could cater to needs of all types of schools.

APLU president Peter McPherson calls it “the most ambitious effort” the organization has ever undertaken. “On their own, public universities have the power to do remarkable things,” he said, “but together they can achieve truly extraordinary results.”

Read more at the Tampa Bay Times.