June 25, 2018
On June 25, educational leaders from 100 campuses across the nation will travel to Richmond to witness VCU’s accomplishments and explore how universities can strengthen their communities and the democracy of this nation. The visiting leaders are members of two national organizations, the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU) and The Democracy Collaborative (TDC) Anchor Dashboard Cohort, convening at VCU for a conference examining the topic of “Creative Placemaking for Healthy Communities.” University leaders in economic and community engagement will explore partnerships engaged in the arts, health, and innovation. Through presentations, interactive sessions, and tours with community partners, participants will gain new insights into how universities as key anchor institutions can leverage interdisciplinary strategies to address complex social and economic challenges facing our communities.
June 25, 2018
Earlier this past week, Texas Tech University and the College of Education were identified by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) as one of four regional winners of the 2018 W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Award. As a recipient of this award, Texas Tech will compete with other regional winners – Ball State University, University of Florida and Virginia Tech – for the national C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Scholarship Award. As dean of the Texas Tech University College of Education and principal investigator on the East Lubbock Promise Neighborhood (ELPN) grant, the work on this project has been the most rewarding of my career.
June 18, 2018
Dozens of universities are banding together with a new reporting system to keep tabs on Greek organizations in hopes of curbing hazing, sexual assault and alcohol abuse. Dozens of schools, including Penn State, Florida State and Louisiana State University, are supporting the creation on a scorecard for fraternities and sororities to track things like cumulative GPA, alcohol and hazing violations and chapter suspensions. The goal is to discern patterns, identify bad actors and provide leverage to hold national organizations to account.
June 13, 2018
A coalition of 500 research universities, scientific organizations and businesses released a progress reporttoday on a call for Congress and White House to support and improve innovation. The report praises increased congressional support for research but says more progress must be made. And it finds areas like U.S. visa policy an increasing concern. The release of the report comes three years after the groups called on the federal government to take action to back research and innovation.
June 8, 2018
Proponents for better data on whether and how college pays off for students saw a victory, if a small one, Thursday as the primary lobbying group for private nonprofit colleges inched closer to backing a new federal system that would give important information to students and policy makers.
May 31, 2018
Two higher-education associations released statements on Wednesday opposing the U.S. State Department’s move to limit the length of student visas for some Chinese citizens. The planned directive, as reported by news outlets such as Bloomberg News and The New York Times, means that the time allotted in the United States would be reduced for some Chinese citizens, and would be applied on an individual basis. The changes were part of a White House attempt to combat the alleged theft of American intellectual property by China.
May 31, 2018
Major higher education groups issued statements Wednesday expressing concern about the Trump administration's reported plans to limit the length of visas for certain Chinese citizens starting June 11. The Associated Press reported Tuesday that the administration intends to limit Chinese graduate students studying certain high-tech fields to one-year visas -- instead of the usual five -- due to concerns about intellectual property theft. In 2014, the Obama administration extended the terms for visas for Chinese citizens from one year to five years for students and from one to 10 years for tourists.
May 31, 2018
Changes to U.S. policy on Chinese visas may trickle down to college enrollment, officials warned, and Texas' schools may feel some impact. The Trump administration plans to shorten the length of validity for some visas issued to Chinese citizens, the State Department said Tuesday, as President Donald Trump works to counter alleged theft of U.S. intellectual property by Beijing.
May 21, 2018
A decade after the last comprehensive overhaul of federal higher education law, Congress is again working on a rewrite of the nation’s higher education policy – with legislation that could come to the House floor this year. As our economy continues to produce outsized job growth for positions requiring a college education, it’s more important than ever that federal policy works to expand college access, foster college affordability, and strengthen workforce competitiveness.
May 17, 2018
University of Texas at San Antonio President Taylor Eighmy has announced numerous initiatives since taking the helm last September. Recently, a series of town hall meetings convened on campus to elicit feedback and elaborate on the long-term vision for one of those initiatives – the UTSA downtown campus. Key aspects of the vision and planning for Downtown UTSA include new buildings for classrooms, offices, dormitories and mixed-used development in order to offer a full curriculum, student housing and a truly robust campus experience. In addition to increasing the student population and ensuring a full-service university facility – in effect, an autonomous campus – Downtown UTSA will establish new schools and institutes. As a first step, a request for proposals addressing the repurposing of Cattleman’s Square should go out this summer.