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The Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) is arguably the nation’s preeminent model for effective collaboration among research universities. Since it's founding in 1958, the member universities have collaborated to save money, build powerful academic and research connections, and increase opportunities for students and faculty.
Initially known as the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, the consortium's name was changed to the Big Ten Academic Alliance in 2016 to better reflect the composition of the member institutions.