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October 30, 2014
UW-Madison professor Emily Auerbach will receive national recognition Sunday for her commitment to promoting educational opportunities for students of diverse backgrounds. The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities will honor Auerbach with the Commission on Access, Diversity and Excellence Distinguished Service Award, according to a university press release. UW officials who nominated Auerbach for this award noted her role in the success of the Odyssey Project.
October 27, 2014
By Autumn A. Arnett
A group of historians (and just plain storytellers) gathered in the nation’s capital over the weekend to discuss the past, present and future of historically Black colleges and universities in this country. Meeting under the umbrella theme “Where do HBCUs Go From Here? Strategic Partnerships + Sustainable Futures,” scholars from across the country convened for the second annual HBCUstory Symposium, presenting research and case studies around the modern relevance of these institutions at the Association of Public Land-grant Universities headquarters in Washington, D.C. Oct. 24-25.
October 14, 2014
By Eric Kelderman
Representatives of the University of Texas system came to town last week, touting an online data tool that shows the salaries of the universities’ graduates. It wasn’t just the associations of peer institutions that got a look. The officials also met with federal lawmakers to register their support for a "unit record" system to track individual students during college and after they graduate.
September 30, 2014
Holistic admissions policies -- in which colleges consider a candidate as an individual, and base decisions on more than a formula of grades and test scores -- have long been common among undergraduate institutions, but have also gained ground in health professions admissions, according to a report released today. The report found that more than 90 percent of medical schools and nearly half of nursing bachelor's programs are using holistic admissions. Because holistic admissions can consider such factors as a candidate's background and disadvantaged status, these policies have generally been associated with increased diversity, and the new report finds that to be the case in health fields. Among institutions with many attributes of holistic admissions, more than 80 percent report that moving in that direction led to increased diversity in the student.
September 15, 2014
Three higher education associations are working to develop a framework to talk about and develop ways to gauge how well students do after college. The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), in partnership with the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), will craft a strategic framework to help colleges and universities, policymakers and the public better understand and talk about post-collegiate outcomes in areas such as economic well-being, ongoing personal development, and social and civic engagement.
September 14, 2014
By Lauren Rosenblatt
Each year, Pitt omits a large portion of students in its graduation rates. The U.S. Department of Education does not allow schools to include transfer students in their calculations. But the Student Achievement Measure (SAM), an organization that encourages universities to post more comprehensive information about their graduation rates on their website, makes sure no student goes uncalculated.
September 12, 2014
By Kim A. Wilcox
About 4 million freshmen are entering four-year American universities and colleges this fall, and statistics show that only 39 percent of them will actually graduate in four years.
August 7, 2014
The main group representing student aid administrators has backed a proposal to create a federal database that tracks student progress through higher education and into the workforce. The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators announced Wednesday that it now supports a “limited” student-unit record system because it would provide more accurate and comprehensive data than the government’s current collection of information, which leaves out transfer and nontraditional students, for example.