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August 28, 2017
Over the past few years, Boise State University has launched several new programs designed to keep new students in school. The school’s retention numbers are increasing — and on Thursday, it earned BSU a nomination for a national award. BSU is one of five finalists for the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities award honoring innovative student retention efforts.
August 28, 2017
A year from now, some students attending the University of Missouri in Columbia — who also are Missouri residents — may be getting some of their financial aid through either the Missouri Land Grant or the Missouri Land Grant Honors programs. The programs are intended for low-income families whose students already qualify for federal Pell grants, to fill the gap between the total cost of tuition and fees and other financial aid the students also will receive.
August 25, 2017
In the aftermath of the Great Recession, a dramatic drop in state tax revenue led to significant reductions in funding for public higher education institutions, and while there has been some reinvestment by states in the past several years, on the whole states are spending approximately $9 billion less today than in 2008 on higher ed, according to a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Michael Mitchell, a senior policy analyst with the center who helped pen the report, said state reinvestment was tepid but present.
August 11, 2017
American universities are the envy of the world, drawing students from across the world to study in the United States. International students aren’t just pursuing an education here; they want to build a career and life here too. More than anything, they want a chance to chase the American Dream. America’s most prized export shouldn’t be the international students who attend U.S. universities, only to be forced to move home after graduation because a broken immigration system prevents them from driving innovations, building businesses and creating jobs right here in the United States.
July 26, 2017
Renewing the manufacturing sector of the U.S. economy has long been a concern for the nation’s communities, schools and policymakers; the state of manufacturing in the country became an even more pronounced issue during last year’s presidential election campaign. A coalition of educational and manufacturing experts released a report Monday making suggestions to ensure that advanced manufacturing students are prepared for seismic industry shifts. An Expert Education Team assembled by the Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, released the first of the six schedule reports on Monday, calling for higher ed institutions to find ways to adjust their curricula. The report said it is incumbent that students become better equipped to take on manufacturing jobs that are concerned with lightweighting technology and processes.
July 24, 2017
A dozen higher-education organizations expressed serious concerns over a possible change in the student visa program, saying it could deter the most talented international students from applying to schools in the United States. This month, The Washington Post reported that senior officials at the Department of Homeland Security were discussing a proposal to require foreign students to reapply for permission to stay in the United States every year. The proposal, intended to strengthen national security by monitoring students more closely in line with President Trump’s repeated calls to tighten the country’s borders, would require regulatory changes that could take a year and a half or more, and might require agreement from the State Department, as well.
July 21, 2017
Twelve higher education associations this week registered “serious concern” about a proposal under consideration at the Department of Homeland Security that would require international students to reapply annually for permission to stay in the U.S.
July 21, 2017
Two U.S. Senators called on President Donald J. Trump and their fellow lawmakers Thursday to support their bipartisan effort to win passage of the Dream Act. The Senators introduced the bill anew Thursday after 16 years of stymied attempts to pass the legislation that would grant legal status to those brought to the United States illegally as children.
July 14, 2017
A House subcommittee is considering a bill that would increase the 2018 budget of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by 3.2 percent, to $35.2 billion, over this year’s budget, Nature reports. The proposal counters an earlier request by the President Donald Trump’s administration to cut the NIH budget by 18 percent. The House bill also explicitly rejects the administration’s proposal to slash indirect costs paid to grantees’ institutions to a flat 10 percent of the grant amount. Universities and other research institutions had argued that even the current indirect cost rates, which are negotiated individually with institutions, often don’t cover the full costs of services needed to support NIH-funded research.
July 13, 2017
House Republicans issued a fiscal 2018 budget plan on Wednesday that rejects the Trump administration’s proposal to eliminate or sharply cut so-called indirect-cost payments to universities for medical research. The plan, offered by Representative Tom Cole, Republican of Oklahoma and chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee that oversees the National Institutes of Health, makes clear that indirect-cost payments on NIH grants should continue "to the same extent and in the same manner" as has existed.