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As congressional budget leaders continue negotiations over fiscal year 2014 spending levels, three organizations representing the nation’s leading public and private research universities today released the results of a new survey looking at sequestration’s impact on research across the country. The survey is a bellwether of the devastating impact that sustained cuts to research and higher education will have on the economy and the United States’ role as a global innovation leader. APLU, the Association of American Universities (AAU), and The Science Coalition (TSC), which collectively represent nearly 300 higher education institutions nationwide, including 171 research universities, conducted the survey and released it at a press conference at the APLU Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.
Deeply concerned about major federal budget cuts to research and higher education at a time when other nations are steadily increasing investments in those areas, nearly 200 university presidents and chancellors have called on leaders in Washington to close what they call the “innovation deficit.” In an open letter to President Obama and Congress, the university leaders wrote that closing the innovation deficit—the widening gap between needed and actual investments in research and education—must be a national imperative.
In light of the Obama administration’s proposal to develop an array of accountability measures, including the creation of a new rating system, APLU strongly encourages all of its members to sign up for the Student Achievement Measure (SAM). Signing up for SAM is a quick and easy way for your university to publicly demonstrate its commitment to greater accountability and transparency.
SAM is a joint effort by APLU and the five other presidential associations to enhance transparency and provide the public with a more comprehensive measure of college student progress and completion than ever before. The SAM metric will allow universities to deliver a more complete picture of student progress along the path to earning a college degree or certificate because it captures student movement across institutions. The SAM project is a voluntary collaboration that provides a common tool for different types of nonprofit institutions—public and private, colleges, universities, and community colleges. In less than two weeks, student progress and completion information for participating institutions will begin to be posted on SAM website for public consumption. More than 225 institutions have already signed up to participate (full participant list). Inaugural participating campuses, signed up before October 18, will receive a special Inaugural Member notation on their individual SAM webpage.
Further details on the SAM Project can be found here.
Nearly 490 four year public colleges and universities have pledged to boost college completion by 3.8 million bachelor's degrees to help the nation reach the goal of 60 percent of adults possessing a college degree by 2025.
Through Project Degree Completion: A Public University Initiative, the institutions will increase the number of bachelor's degrees they award from an estimated 14.6 million to 18.4 million over the next 14 years. Collectively, public colleges and universities currently award more than 1 million degrees annually. The participating institutions are members of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU). Their membership represents nearly all the four year public colleges and universities in the country. [More]
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The 126th Annual Meeting was held Nov. 10-12, 2013 in Washington, DC.
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An A۰P۰L۰U discussion paper looks at tuition, college costs and strategies for addressing affordability.
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A۰P۰L۰U members are contributing to a vital discussion about the future of public research universities.
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