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January 2, 2019
Growing demand for tech workers is fueling an increase in undergraduate engineering degrees. While underrepresented groups are experiencing those gains, too, the uptick is not sufficient to close the gap between their share of those degrees and their share of the college-age population in their state, according to a new report from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.
January 2, 2019
Numerous federal agencies that are important to higher education were shut down when a standoff over President Trump's proposed border wall was not resolved. Trump has vowed not to sign a measure to keep the government fully functioning unless more than $5 billion is included for the wall. Democrats have refused to provide the votes to do so.
January 2, 2019
Financial aid has traditionally focused on helping lower-income students gain access to higher education, paving paths to college for millions of poor students. Recently, an increasing number of colleges are targeting a portion of their aid to help financially struggling undergraduates cross the finish line to graduation.
December 14, 2018
The $867 billion farm bill passed by Congress this week includes important wins for land-grant institutions, especially historically black colleges. The bill, which is set to go to President Trump's desk, would eliminate a provision of the law that for decades required 1890 land-grant universities, including 19 HBCUs, to spend most of their federal extension funding in a calendar year.
December 10, 2018
It’s hard to believe that 2018 is drawing to a close! This has been a wonderful year of celebrating Montana State University as the first institution of higher education in the state to be established 125 years ago in the interest of people. One more time, your university would like to express appreciation to all of you for being our partners in excellence.
November 27, 2018
Public universities are a powerful force in the U.S. economy. They stimulate innovation, meet ever-changing industry demands and enable us to remain competitive globally. They also transform lives through the socioeconomic gains associated with having a college degree. Although the societal and individual benefits of a college degree are clear, fewer than 60 percent of America’s first-year college students earn a baccalaureate degree within six years, the standard period used to assess graduation rates.
November 27, 2018
The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities announced ASU, along with four other universities, as a finalist for the 2018 Degree Completion Award. The award is given to universities for improving rates of undergraduate student retention and graduation within the past three years. The winning university, Wayne State University, was announced at the 2018 APLU Annual Meeting which took place Nov. 11 to 13 in New Orleans.
November 26, 2018
On a Saturday earlier this month, the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) brought together representatives from 130 institutions in the same room. Previously, they had worked together to group the universities into clusters of four to 12. These clusters will spend the next five years minimum working to increase access to college, boost retention, close the achievement gap, and ensure that more Americans are earning degrees. Known as the Powered by Publics: Scaling Student Success initiative, it marks an unprecedented collaboration among public American institutions.
November 26, 2018
The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities is starting a major new initiative with 130 public universities and systems to make it easier for students to get a higher education degree. The initiative, called Powered by Publics: Scaling Student Success, is a collaborative effort to improve college access, advance equity efforts and increase the number of college degrees by hundreds of thousands by 2025.
November 19, 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.