June 25, 2018
In recognition of its extraordinary community outreach initiatives, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) today selected Ball State University as one of four regional winners of the 2018 W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Award. As regional winners, Ball State, University of Florida, Texas Tech University, and Virginia Tech will represent and compete for the national C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Scholarship Award, which will be announced during the APLU Annual Meeting November 11-13 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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.
May 11, 2018
President Trump last year issued an executive order calling for an expansion of apprenticeship opportunities while also increasing federal funding for such programs by roughly $100 million. The U.S. Department of Labor subsequently pulled together a 20-member task force of experts, including the secretaries of education, labor and commerce, to develop recommendations to make that expansion a reality. Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter and a senior White House adviser, was on the task force. Representing traditional higher education were Walter Bumphus, president and CEO of the American Association of Community Colleges, and Mark Rosenberg, president of Florida International University.
February 7, 2018
Over 50 years ago, with the creation of Pell Grants and federal student loan programs, college access became a national priority for higher education. In the last decade, a broad agreement has emerged that institutions also need to do more to help students complete their degrees. These targets of college access and completion are now taken for granted as guiding goals for postsecondary institutions.
November 30, 2017
A State College-based agricultural startup founded by a State College Area High School and Penn State graduate was recently selected to participate in an innovation showcase in Washington, D.C.
November 21, 2017
In a project laden with both symbolism and substance, Carnegie Mellon University on Monday began the conversion of an old Pittsburgh steel mill into the home of a $250-million advanced-robotics center. The site occupies 178 acres of riverfront just 10 minutes from downtown, where thick black smoke from rows of coal-fired furnaces once signaled a solid middle-class life for tens of thousands of steelworkers and their families.
November 20, 2017
Colleges and universities should reframe the goals of their technology transfer offices away from a focus on revenue generation to how technology and innovation in the school can contribute to the health and prosperity of the surrounding community, region and economy, according to a new report from the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities.
November 16, 2017
Oklahoma State University is the 2017 winner of a national community outreach award for its collaboration with the Chickasaw Nation on a health initiative to improve child nutrition and public health. The C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Scholarship recognizes how colleges have redesigned their learning, discovery and engagement missions to become even more involved with their communities.
November 14, 2017
Barron has been tapped by the APLU to chair the organization’s Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness and Economic Prosperity. “Public institutions of higher education are in a unique position to drive economic development, job growth and student career success — and we need to harness the incredible abilities of our students and researchers, and nurture and reward innovators and big thinkers,” Barron said.