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APLU In The News: 2018

November 16, 2018
Earlier this month, the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) launched a major initiative that deserves watching. It’s called Powered By Publics: Scaling Student Success. The project involves a national collaboration comprised of 130 public institutions that have committed to improving college access, closing student achievement gaps and dramatically increasing the number of undergraduate degrees that are awarded over the next decade.
November 16, 2018
Cleveland State University and Kent State University are part of a new initiative by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities aimed at better supporting students. The Powered by Publics: Scaling Student Success initiative was announced this week. About 130 public institutions and systems will be working in small clusters, with a goal to "improve college access, advance equity and increase college degrees awarded," a news release said. Some of the clusters are concentrated on geographic area, while others are focused on the type of schools involved or the issues they'll be examining. Cleveland State will be part of what's being called the urban cluster.
November 16, 2018
This semester, a professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte approached the university with a dilemma. He had been identified for an award in China, and he was unsure of whether he should take it, given the heightened geopolitical tensions, said Joan F. Lorden, the provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at Charlotte.
November 16, 2018
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Friday proposed a major overhaul to the way colleges and universities handle sexual misconduct complaints, adding protections for students accused of assault and harassment and narrowing which cases schools would be required to investigate. Her plan would scale back important Obama administration rules while adding mandates that could reshape the campus disciplinary systems that schools have developed over the past decade.
November 15, 2018
The Trump administration is breaking with 75 years of precedent by attempting to interfere in how science is practiced by the U.S. government, according to three experts who issued a dire warning to their profession in the journal Science on Thursday. The administration is empowering political staff to meddle with the scientific process by pushing through reforms disguised to look as though they boost transparency and integrity, the experts say. “It is tempting to conclude that recent proposals for reforming regulatory science are similar to what has occurred in the past,” they write. “They are not.” “People who are not scientists are telling us how scientific synthesis and analysis should be done,” says Wendy Wagner, a professor of law at the University of Texas at Austin and one of the authors of the paper. “We’re not even getting scientists’ best work. We’re tying scientists’ hands behind their back and not even giving them a shot.” “It’s a very dangerous place for science and public policy,” she told me. “Politics has gone to a place that should be off limits, and no one is noticing and calling them on that fact.”
November 15, 2018
A growing number of universities are trading notes on how to improve student success rates. And the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities wants to take this cross-institutional collaboration to the next level. Over the weekend the group released details on an ambitious project involving 130 universities and systems that have pledged to work together in 16 “clusters” to boost their student access and completion rates while also curbing equity gaps.
November 15, 2018
More than 100 public universities on Sunday unveiled what they said was the largest-ever drive aimed at improving college access – with a goal of awarding hundreds of thousands more degrees, especially to low-income students. The initiative, organized by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, includes 130 public universities and systems enrolling 3 million students — a third of whom receive Pell Grants. How it works: Schools will work in "clusters" of four to 12 institutions that will test ways to enroll more low-income students and get them to graduation.
November 15, 2018
Wayne State University (WSU) was named the winner of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU)’s 2018 Degree Completion Award which recognizes and awards schools that utilize new approaches to advance degree completion and ensuring educational quality of its students. In 2011, WSU established a Student Retention Initiative which works to improve student success by hiring professional academic advisers, improving the general education curriculum courses, increasing support for faculty development and for underprepared students, strengthening financial aid and creating first-year experiences for new students, according to an APLU press release.
November 15, 2018
This is a story celebrating the public university with the lowest graduation rate in the state of Michigan. Stick with me here. Wayne State has taken its lumps over the years. Less than a decade ago, about one in four students earned a degree within six years. More alarming: Fewer than one in 10 black students who enrolled at the Detroit campus left with a four-year degree within that time. For black men, the rate was one in 14. Since then, the chances of Wayne State University students leaving the Detroit campus with a degree has almost doubled to 45 percent. And the African-American graduation rate has tripled to 26 percent.
November 15, 2018
LSU has announced it’s joining a national initiative to increase college access, close disparities between different types of students and award more degrees by 2025. The initiative is the largest-ever of its kind, reaching some 3 million students—including 1 million Pell Grant recipients—from 130 institutions across the country. Organized by the Association of Public Land-Grant Universities, the “Powered by Publics: Scaling Student Success” initiative will be overseen by APLU’s Center for Public University Transformation, which the association created this year to drive change across the public higher education sector.