The Bay View Alliance (BVA) arose from a group of academics concerned about higher education’s low adoption rate of improved pedagogical practices. The work of Carl Wieman in science departments at the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of British Columbia provided inspiration for the group.
Lorne Whitehead, former UBC Provost, was charged with finding ways to adapt some of these ideas beyond the sciences and beyond the university. A network of like-minded research universities was proposed to achieve this objective. The Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Teagle Foundation provided grants to support a series of workshops to design of this network.
The outcome was the formation of the Bay View Alliance including the first six members of the BVA (University of British Columbia, Indiana University, University of Kansas, University of Saskatchewan, Queens University, University of Texas Austin) and the Steering Committee and the Hub.
The BVA got its name from a meeting held at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching where the group had a view of the San Francisco Bay – so we became the Bay View Alliance.
The BVA was able to secure a seed grant to start the work, from the Sloan Foundation, Teagle Foundation, Spencer Foundation and the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario. The BVA secured a multi-year grant to support its work from the Sloan Foundation in 2012. UC Davis also joined the Bay View Alliance that year.
In 2014 the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the University of Colorado Boulder joined the BVA, making nine member campuses.