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May 4, 2016
If you’re eliminating a big chunk of the population that you say you’re serving with the scorecard, it’s going to kill the results. It has a huge impact on the scorecard’s effectiveness. There is another scorecard system that has been developed by the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU) called the Student Achievement Measure (SAM). They take into account that there are mobile students who enroll in multiple institutions or who transfer and then graduate. The traditional way of counting only the graduation rates of first-time, full-time students really doesn’t show the true picture and it can really have an negative representation for some institutions. The SAM tracks student movement across various postsecondary institutions. A link between the the scorecard and SAM would be good because that would give us a more complete picture of how an institution is doing in terms of student success and completion.
January 19, 2016
January 19, 2016 - The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges will discuss their report, Addressing Antibiotic Resistance, on the crucial ways the universities can best help advance a national strategy for education, research and outreach to livestock and feed producers to improve animal antibiotics and their wise use.
November 18, 2015
Over the weekend, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities issued a legislative analysis explaining why it opposes the bill, noting it is "deeply troubled" by the restrictions blocking colleges from fully responding to sexual assault reports.
November 16, 2015
NCAA President Mark Emmert told a gathering of high-ranking university officials Sunday that they have an “ethical responsibility” to address what he termed academic or admissions mismatches that result in Division I athletes struggling in the classroom and having trouble completing meaningful degree programs.
November 13, 2015
More library and higher education groups on Thursday threw their support behind the editors of the linguistics journal Lingua, upping the pressure on publisher Elsevier.
November 13, 2015
The “higher-education lobby” isn’t a singular force opposed to improved data, increased transparency and greater oversight. Public colleges and universities, which educate nearly three-quarters of all students, have been fierce advocates of lifting the legal ban that blocks the federal government from providing comprehensive aggregate data on student outcomes. We want more transparency of higher-education outcomes, including employment data and comprehensive graduation rates. Due to a federal ban on student-level data, the federal graduation rate excludes part-time and transfer students despite 55% of bachelor’s degree recipients attending more than one institution before graduating.
November 11, 2015
The editors and editorial board members of the linguistics journal Lingua have stoked antipublisher sentiment with their highly publicized protest against Elsevier. But judging by past revolts, turning their popularity into editorial success for their new journal, Glossa, could be a challenge. Open-access advocates, meanwhile, see the conflict as an opportunity to further their cause.
November 10, 2015
As reported in Inside Higher Education, there is evidence of fed-up academics taking a harder line against increasing journal prices: “All six editors and all 31 editorial board members of Lingua, one of the top journals in linguistics, last week resigned to protest Elsevier’s policies on pricing and its refusal to convert the journal to an open-access publication that would be free online. As soon as January, when the departing editors’ noncompete contracts expire, they plan to start a new open-access journal to be called Glossa.”
November 5, 2015
It was the kind of exit designed to make a statement. Last week all six editors and all 31 editorial-board members resigned from Lingua, a prominent linguistics journal, after a disagreement with the journal’s publisher, Elsevier. The announcement re-energized concerns about the relationship between academics and for-profit companies, and the future of scholarly publishing.
November 3, 2015
Peter McPherson, president of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, issued a statement Monday expressing strong support for the move of the six editors and 31 editorial board members of Lingua, a top linguistics journal, to resign to protest Elsevier pricing. The protest has attracted considerable attention among advocates for open-access publishing (in which materials are available free online).