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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
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."
March 14, 2016
Nine public urban research universities were awarded a total of $450,000 to launch or expand pilot “micro-grant” programs meant to prevent low-income college students who are close to graduation from dropping out, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU) announced Monday.
February 23, 2016
When students are short on funds for tuition but otherwise on track to graduate, colleges and universities should provide “completion grants” to help make sure the students finish school instead of dropping out. That is the major thrust behind a new report released Monday and meant to highlight the best ways to identify and assist students for whom a lack of cash is the only thing that stands in between the students and earning a degree.
February 23, 2016
Oregon's seven public universities want more state money to help undergraduate students who are on the verge of graduation but face money woes stay in school. Higher education leaders are asking for $15 million from the Legislature during February's short session to help students who otherwise might drop out stay in school and finish their degrees, a request officials don't expect to receive with competing requests and a rapidly approaching legislative deadline.
February 22, 2016
Even modest financial hardships can often derail students who are nearing graduation. That’s why some colleges give small awards known as completion grants to low-income students who are well on their way to earning a degree. A just-in-time grant of even a few hundred dollars can keep many recipients from dropping out, according to a report released on Monday by the Coalition of Urban-Serving Universities and the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. The report, "Foiling the Dropout Trap," describes how 10 colleges are using similar aid strategies to help students overcome financial shortfalls and stay enrolled.
February 22, 2016
A small amount of financial aid, even $300, can go a long way toward helping a student graduate. Emergency aid or microgrants from colleges can be used to cover a last tuition bill or even to help pay for a financial emergency, like fixing a car or visiting a sick relative. Microgrants aren’t new. But a growing number of colleges -- both community colleges and four-year institutions -- have data to prove that this form of institutional aid improves student retention and can even save a college money by preventing dropouts.
February 22, 2016
A new report from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities encourages schools to use predictive analytics to identify at-risk students and continue to track their progress after they’ve received grants. The suggestions are a part of guidelines for schools interested in using small grants to improve retention and completion.
August 31, 2015
It’s the first day of school for colleges across western New York, including the University at Buffalo. UB is welcoming in the new year with a national recognition of a major initiative aimed to get students to graduate in four years.
August 7, 2015
The University of Texas at El Paso is one of five finalists for a national award recognizing colleges and universities that improved retention and graduation rates in innovative ways.