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Close the Innovation Deficit is an effort by the business, higher education, scientific, and high-tech manufacturing communities who are concerned about cuts and stagnating federal investments in research and higher education at a time when other nations are investing heavily in these areas. APLU helps lead the effort to Close the Innovation Deficit and believes sustained federal investments in research and higher education are necessary to develop the ideas, people, and innovations that power our economy, create jobs, improve health, and strengthen our national security. Read more at www.innovationdeficit.org and follow the conversation on Twitter at #InnovationDeficit.
This year marks the 100-year anniversary of the signing of the Smith-Lever Act, the founding legislation of the national Cooperative Extension System. Cooperative Extension held a Centennial Convocation May 8 to celebrate its heritage and look to the future. The primary focus was on Extension’s contemporary efforts and launching the next 100 years of educational programming that transforms behavior of individuals, families, youth, farmers, communities and businesses.
:: President Carter Congratulates Cooperative Extension:: APLU President Peter McPherson at Cooperative Extension Centennial Celebration
:: For more information click here, extension100years.net:: Follow the celebration on Twitter, #ext100years
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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Sequestration is Eroding America's Research Capabilities
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The APLU Fact Sheet on College Costs highlights the most frequently asked questions and answers about public higher education
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