December 4, 2014
Higher-education leaders from across the country are pledging to take steps to widen college opportunity and help more students finish degrees, an initiative President Obama will promote at a gathering in Washington on Thursday. The event will build on a summit Obama hosted in January at which he gathered similar commitments for college access from more than 100 colleges and 40 related organizations.
November 4, 2014
The University of Tennessee has received national recognition for improving the retention and graduation rates of its students over the past decade. The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, one of the nation's largest coalitions of colleges, honored UT with its "Most Visible Progress" Trailblazer award during its meeting Tuesday in Orlando, Fla. The school will receive a sculpture and a $20,000 prize to be used toward further improving degree completion.
October 14, 2014
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 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.