April 3, 2017
It's never easy. There are many obstacles to getting that college degree. Money is often the biggest of all. And it is the number one reason why students fail to get their degree when they are just a semester or two from graduation. Cleveland State University started taking a look at students who had to delay or stop their studies just a few credits short of receiving their diploma.
March 23, 2017
In order to reduce disparities and make college more accessible, policymakers and higher education leaders should initiate a national discussion to establish a free and universal K-14 system. That was one of the key arguments made Wednesday at a higher education forum meant to highlight ways to increase postsecondary attainment and give students a better shot at securing one of the growing number of jobs that require education beyond high school.
February 6, 2017
Since education policy professor Sara Goldrick-Rab arrived at Temple University eight months ago, she's brought in two large grants, totaling more than $6 million for research on making college more affordable. They include a nearly $4 million grant, announced Monday, under which she will lead a team researching the effectiveness of “completion grants” aimed at preventing needy college seniors from dropping out. Goldrick-Rab is partnering with the national Association of Public and Land-grant Universities to implement the U.S. Department of Education research grant.
February 6, 2017
Several public universities are taking part in a pilot program to provide small-dollar grants to help low-income students complete their degrees. The five-year project is a collaboration of Temple University and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, which will use a nearly $4 million grant from the Education Department to examine and build out completion aid programs at up to 10 universities.
January 30, 2017
Public colleges and universities enroll nearly three-quarters of students. The sheer size of these institutions means that they have the potential to substantially increase economic mobility nationally. These schools can increase enrollment and maintain quality, something often missed in rankings. Scale is an asset.
January 30, 2017
More than 75 professors from Arizona's three state universities have signed a national petition denouncing President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration as discriminatory and detrimental to the country.
December 8, 2016
A House appropriations bill released this week leaves out new funding to restore summer Pell Grants, disappointing advocates who made that item a priority heading into the lame-duck session. The continuing resolution also includes $872 million for the 21st Century Cures Act, including $352 million for the National Institutes of Health Innovation Account. Higher ed groups including the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and the Association of American Universities praised the passage of the Cures Act for its support of research and innovation.
November 22, 2016
When the Supreme Court handed down its decision in the case Fisher vs. the University of Texas in July, university admissions officers cheered the affirmation of including race and ethnicity as admissions criteria when narrowly tailored to the institution’s mission. Despite the positive decision for affirmative action, however, university leaders are facing another challenge: making sure they have the right diversity practices in place to support the students they admit. Colleges and universities still have plenty of work to do to encourage students to pursue high-needs fields, like STEM and the biomedical sciences, where diversity is urgently needed. In addition, universities continue to struggle with faculty diversity, which studies have shown is important not just for excellence in teaching and research but also for the overall campus climate. All the more reason, then, for us to redouble our efforts in researching and sharing effective practices for improving campus diversity -- and identifying ineffective practices that we should stop.
November 16, 2016
The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities set the theme for its opening keynote discussion here Sunday well before Election Day. The topic: "Balancing Freedom of Expression and Diversity on Campuses." The election results weren't just the elephant in the room for the session, but were more like a herd of elephants stomping through the room. To be sure, many public universities have struggled with these issues for some time, and in particular since 2015's protests by minority students led to widespread discussions of racial incidents on campus and on social media. In many cases, what some students saw as hate speech, university leaders and free speech advocates saw as protected speech. APLU's members are public universities, and the First Amendment is very much a factor in how these institutions can respond.
November 16, 2016
After a week of heightened tension on college campuses, Education Secretary John B. King Jr. on Tuesday urged public university leaders to "respond aggressively" to any cases of racial harassment. The "challenging national moment ... has left many of our students feeling vulnerable," King told a crowd of public university administrators at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities meeting in Austin. "We’ve got to make sure all of our students feel like our campuses are a place they belong and will feel supported all the way through to graduation. We’ve got to respond aggressively to incidents where that safety is violated and we have to set a tone on all of our campuses that we see diversity as an asset."