November 15, 2015
Indianapolis, IN – The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) today named 19 recipients of its inaugural 1890 Universities Career Exemplar Awards. The recipients, distinguished alumni representing each of the 19 historically black land-grant universities, have achieved excellence in navigating their career pathway and providing mentorship to other traditionally underrepresented students pursuing similar career pathways. The awardees were nominated by their alma maters and evaluated on their commitment to institution, individual achievement, civic engagement and impact in providing access, opportunities and mentorship to current students and new alumni. The recipients were honored at APLU’s Annual Meeting now underway in Indianapolis, IN.
August 6, 2015
Washington, DC — The United States Senate passed a resolution this week designating August 30, 2015 as “1890 Land-Grant Institutions Quasquicentennial Recognition Day.” The resolution, which Senator John Boozman (R-AK) and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) led, recognizes the legacy of the Morrill Act of 1890, which helped establish public universities accessible to African Americans in states that had previously excluded them. The resolution notes the contributions 1890 Universities have made in developing agricultural leaders and urges the Department of Agriculture to “remain committed to supporting the goals of the Second Morrill Act.”
July 21, 2015
On behalf of the Council of the 1890 Universities and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), we express our deepest condolences on the loss of Dr. George Cooper, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). An esteemed champion for HBCUs, Dr. Cooper demonstrated tireless efforts in student success, funding allocations, federal government partnerships, and related endeavors to advance the mission of HBCUs and the constituents served.
June 25, 2015
Washington, D.C. – Association of Public and Land-grant Universities President Peter McPherson today released the following statement regarding the Obama administration’s announcement that it’s shifting away from a proposed college ratings system and will instead develop a new set of transparency tools to help students and their families, policymakers, and the general public better understand the cost and outcomes of post-secondary institutions.
May 6, 2015
One hundred twenty-five years after the signing of the second Morrill Act led to the creation of 19 historically black land-grant colleges and universities, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Council of 1890 Universities today renewed their memorandum of understanding for an additional five years. The MOU reaffirms, engages, and sustains the partnership between USDA and the historically black colleges created under the Second Morrill Act of 1890 – represented by the APLU Council of 1890 Universities.