APLU's Shannon Looney will examine lessons learned from innovation across urban public research universities. Looney will present on Collaborating for Change, which tests and deploys strategies that foster innovation across urban public research universities.
Wendy Fink, APLU's associate director for Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources, served as a panelist at the North American Food & Ag HR Roundtable. The panel examined how employability skills have changed in food and agriculture fields, where they need to change further, and what universities can do to help agriculture graduates develop skills such as teamwork, leadership, communications, and professionalism.
Montague (Tag) Demment was honored with the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development's 2016 Distinguished Service Award. The award recognizes a demonstrated public service that has advanced AIARD’s purposes, innovative contributions to AIARD programs, and extended service in the international arena and in AIARD.
Travis York will lead a comprehensive look at evidenced-based transformative activities occurring across pathways into and through post-secondary education. While the session focuses on four portions of the college path—holistic enrollment, transfer students’ sense of belonging, retention initiatives, and senior completion grants, the overarching focus is towards how institutions can vertically align suites of transformative activities to achieve increased gains overall student persistence and aid in closing achievement gaps.
Samantha Alvis, APLU's Assistant Director of International Programs and Development, completed her Ph.D. in international agricultural development and agricultural communications from the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications at Texas A&M University. Her research focuses on the role of higher education in international development.
Christine M. Keller, APLU's Vice President for Research and Policy Analysis, will speak at a symposium on research universities and undergraduate education at the University of California, Berkeley on Thursday, March 10. The symposium will address issues including how to measure research universities' advantage in undergraduate education, how universities can better engage their undergraduates in research, and how universities can scale high-impact practices.
While a growing number of studies have indicated service-learning courses produce gains in several student outcomes, little empiric work has explored underserved student groups experiences with this pedagogy. Travis York, APLU’s Director of Student Success, Research, & Policy, sought to address that gap with his most recent publication — a research chapter titled, “More than a Desire to Serve: A Mixed Methods Exploration of Low-Income, First-Generation College Students’ Motivations to Participate in Service-Learning.” In this publication, York challenges long-held beliefs about service-learning and suggests a multidimensional motivation process.
Jennifer Poulakidas, APLU's Vice President for Congressional and Governmental Affairs and Co-President of the United for Medical Research, said the NIH budget increase is "overwhelmingly good news," in an interview with The Atlantic. Yet she cautioned that "this one year alone is not going to turn everything on its head."
Jim Woodell, APLU's Assistant Vice President for Innovation and Technology Policy, gave the keynote presentation at the recent University of Wisconsin System Annual Conference.