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APLU In The News: July 2016

July 29, 2016
Universities should evaluate their graduate programs in science and technology for ways to reduce "stereotype threat," in which female and minority students may feel less able to succeed academically even if in fact they can do so, says a report issued Thursday. The report examines steps colleges and universities may take to increase the diversity of the biomedical research workforce. The report also recommends that colleges and universities use holistic review -- in which applicants are considered individually without relying on cutoff scores or formulas of grades and test scores -- in doctoral admissions in science and technology fields.
July 29, 2016
Cleveland State University's efforts to enhance student success and strengthen economic engagement have received national recognition from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. "Raising degree completion rates remains key to achieving our national goal of 60 percent of adult Americans holding a bachelor's degree by 2025," APLU President Peter McPherson said in a release. "Cleveland State has made great strides in improving student retention and degree completion – and we're thrilled to share their experiences so other institutions can replicate their approaches and results."
July 29, 2016
Over the next five years, underrepresented student enrollment in postsecondary education is projected to climb 25 percent. But will the biomedical sciences and STEM workforce experience the same demographic shift? The Coalition of Urban Serving Universities, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and the Association of American Medical Colleges hope so: the group published a report with recommendations for ways to increase underrepresented student enrollment in biomedical sciences and STEM graduate programs.
July 29, 2016
Fresno State is one of five finalists for a national award recognizing its significant work to promote the retention and graduation of students. The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) named Fresno State as a finalist for its 2016 Project Degree Completion Award. The annual prize works to identify, recognize and reward public universities across the country that employ innovative approaches to improve retention and degree completion. "Fresno State is honored by this national recognition of our bold efforts to better serve our students,” said University President Joseph I. Castro. “We are heartened by the significant increase in our graduation rate and focused on doing even better in the future as we strive for a 70 percent, six-year graduation rate by 2023."
July 25, 2016
University of South Florida president Judy Genshaft received a national award this week recognizing the university's heightened focus on international studies. Genshaft received the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities 2016 Malone International Leadership Award on Monday for spearheading efforts to grow the USF System's involvement with international initiatives throughout her 16-year tenure as president.
July 22, 2016
Pssst! You wanna buy a college education? Of course you do! People with college degrees earn about $1 million more over their lifetimes than those with only high school diplomas, and are far more likely to have jobs they enjoy. At least, that’s how things turn out for the average American graduate,according to the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.
July 20, 2016
Last week the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) announced seven universities will receive grants to use adaptive courseware in an effort to achieve higher completion rates at lower costs. Over three years, each institution will receive $515,000 “to adopt, implement and scale use of adaptive courseware in high-enrollment, blended learning courses in multiple departments and programs to improve student success,” according to Meaghan Duff, executive director of APLU’s Personalized Learning Consortium (PLC). The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) is funding the grant.
July 11, 2016
As a more racially and socioeconomically diverse body of students pursues college in the United States, schools find themselves responding to more requests to stock food pantries and hand out vouchers for supplies at campus bookstores. In addition to food pantries and vouchers, schools are also turning to completion grants to help students who run out of money and other financial-aid options in their last semester or year of school. A separate study from the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) found that most of the schools it looked at turned to the grants after they noticed rising dropout rates among students close to graduating.