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July 27, 2018
Over the past decade Bring Data! has emerged as a new cri de coeur across American colleges and universities. Campus planning initiatives, policy discussions about student success (retention, advising, institutional outcomes, and value added), instructional interventions and innovations, operational effectiveness, and efforts to enhance the return on investment (ROI) are all data dependent.
July 27, 2018
Higher ed associations and scientific societies in recent weeks have joined a chorus of opposition to a proposed Environmental Protection Agency rule that would limit the use of science for crafting regulations where all underlying data aren’t publicly available. The proposal fits into a decades-long debate over what data should be made public from research that informs government policy making. More recently, arguments for data transparency have been wielded by critics of environmental regulations, such as Representative Lamar Smith, the outgoing chair of the House science committee who has been a vocal opponent of new environmental regulations. The agency says the proposal, which was announced in April, would ensure it pursues its public health mission in a manner the public can trust and understand. But university and medical groups that back scientific research say the rule would prevent EPA from using the best research available. The proposal could have huge implications for issuing regulations under environmental laws like the Clean Air Act.
July 27, 2018
The Democrat-crafted bill, a version of the Higher Education Act that is due for reauthorization, has some significant differences from the PROSPER Act, a Republican-sponsored plan passed earlier this year by the House. The HEA would, among other provisions, increase the annual Pell grant maximum; allow two tuition-free years at a community college; preserve the TEACH grant program that provides student aid to those who agree to teach certain subjects in high-needs schools; create competitive grant programs for future teachers and school leaders and preserve the provision in the HEA that allows teachers in some cases to cancel out their college debt. The Aim Higher Act “would make important progress in supporting college access, affordability and completion,” APLU president Peter McPherson said in a statement. “The bill includes a number of provisions that APLU supports and has advocated for over the years,” he said, citing annual inflation adjustments for Pell grants, fixing “flaws of the 90/10 rule” governing federal aid ratios and expanding the collection and reporting of higher-ed outcomes data to count all students.
July 27, 2018
Iowa State University will establish and lead a new research center into antibiotic-resistant bacteria, according to a joint announcement Thursday from two university organizations. The Institute for Antimicrobial Resistance Research and Education will be based at the Ames campus. The institute's formation will be a result of a task force on antibiotic resistance in production agriculture created in 2014 by the Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges. Federal health officials have said antibiotic-resistant bacteria annually cause at least 2 million illnesses and 23,000 deaths in the United States. The misuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture and overprescription and patient noncompliance in human health care are leading contributors to the resistance problem, experts have said.
July 27, 2018
Democrats on Tuesday unveiled a bill summary of the Aim Higher Act, their stance on how to comprehensively reauthorize the Higher Education Act, a critical piece of legislation guiding federal higher education policy, which due to lack of bipartisan agreement has not been renewed since 2008.
July 5, 2018
Following a wave of free speech controversies that have rocked U.S. institutions, campus administrators have become more cautious of the need for best practices and security plans in handling situations that get out of hand, said Howard Gillman, chancellor of the University of California, Irvine, during an Association of Public and Land-grant Universities panel on Capitol Hill Thursday.
July 5, 2018
President Donald Trump's administration is rescinding guidance that encouraged schools to take a student's race into account to promote diversity in admissions.
June 29, 2018
The journey to a degree these days has many types of passengers, from full-time enrollees, to transfer students, to those who stop out for a variety of reasons only to re-enroll at a later date. More than half of bachelor’s degree recipients attend more than one post-secondary institution, and two-thirds of community college students are enrolled part-time, according to National Student Clearinghouse data.
June 25, 2018
In recognition of its extraordinary community outreach initiatives, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) today selected Ball State University as one of four regional winners of the 2018 W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Award. As regional winners, Ball State, University of Florida, Texas Tech University, and Virginia Tech will represent and compete for the national C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Scholarship Award, which will be announced during the APLU Annual Meeting November 11-13 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
June 25, 2018
On June 25, educational leaders from 100 campuses across the nation will travel to Richmond to witness VCU’s accomplishments and explore how universities can strengthen their communities and the democracy of this nation. The visiting leaders are members of two national organizations, the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU) and The Democracy Collaborative (TDC) Anchor Dashboard Cohort, convening at VCU for a conference examining the topic of “Creative Placemaking for Healthy Communities.” University leaders in economic and community engagement will explore partnerships engaged in the arts, health, and innovation. Through presentations, interactive sessions, and tours with community partners, participants will gain new insights into how universities as key anchor institutions can leverage interdisciplinary strategies to address complex social and economic challenges facing our communities.