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December 4, 2014
By Nick Anderson
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 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 19, 2014
By Catherine Morris
Though it is difficult to make sweeping generalizations about HBCUs, for the most part, they are more commonly associated with conservative traditions and Christian-based values than they are with vibrant LGBTQA communities. Yet as times and student demographics change, HBCUs will be increasingly challenged to ensure that all students are equally protected and valued on campus. Dr. John Michael Lee Jr., vice president for access and success at the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU), notes that HBCU student bodies have greater expectations of diversity.
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 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.