November 14, 2017
The University of Hawaii at Manoa has been singled out for a national award for its success in raising its four-year graduation rate. The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities named UH Manoa the winner of its 2017 Project Degree Completion Award on Sunday during its annual meeting in Washington, D.C. “Public universities are working hard to substantially increase the number of students who don’t just enroll in college, but actually make it across the finish line and earn all the benefits a college education provides,” association President Peter McPherson said.
November 14, 2017
The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) announced at its annual meeting in Washington, D.C., Sunday night that Oklahoma State University is the winner of its national community outreach award for 2017. The C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Scholarship recognizes how colleges have redesigned their learning, discovery and engagement missions to become even more involved with their communities.
November 8, 2017
Buried in the details of the 400-page tax-reform plan unveiled on Thursday by House Republicans is a proposal that, if enacted, would leave many graduate students wondering if they could afford to continue their studies. Under current law, college employees are allowed to get a break on tuition without counting that break as taxable income. Graduate students who work as research or teaching assistants are among the chief beneficiaries of that policy.
November 8, 2017
Missouri’s ability to pay its bills could be dependent on what Congress includes in a tax cut plan. One proposed change would almost double the standard deduction, used by 71 percent of Missouri taxpayers on their federal and state returns. Missourians used it to reduce taxable income by $17.1 billion in 2015 and the deduction is slated to grow by 90 percent under the plan proposed last week. “It is obvious that this is a ginormous revenue loser for the state,” said Tom Kruckmeyer, chief economist for the Missouri Budget Project.
November 3, 2017
Republicans in Congress released their proposed overhaul of the nation’s tax laws on Thursday, including several measures that would place new tax burdens on colleges and students — and, critics said, could undermine charitable giving to higher education. The bill was met with immediate opposition from a number of higher-education groups, which argued that the measure would rob institutions of vital dollars and increase the price of college for debt-laden students and already-strapped families.
October 31, 2017
Preparing students for the workforce is integral to the success of a higher education institution. Manufacturing programs at universities have embraced the same technology that the industry is using for this specific purpose. The Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute leverages a public-private partnership to foster research and give students real-world skills.
October 24, 2017
Issues facing the world are not divided into academic departments, and universities should reflect that reality in their search for solutions, Peter McPherson, president of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, said at the Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium. The big issues almost always require social sciences as well as traditional life sciences,” McPherson said during a panel on breaking down silos in grant work. “Just think about the big issues, you need people along with the technical solution.”
October 23, 2017
Tom Ebaugh, working toward a Ph.D. in chemical engineering, says Radenka Maric is the reason he’s doing it at the University of Connecticut. “I wouldn’t be here if she wasn’t,” said Ebaugh, 24, wearing plastic gloves and protective glasses at a fuel cell energy laboratory, part of UConn’s Center for Clean Energy Engineering. Originally from Pennsylvania, he is among a handful of graduate students working under Maric, who is not only a professor in sustainable energy, but as of July, vice president of academic research at Connecticut’s flagship university.
September 29, 2017
An Obama administration initiative that provided consumer information on colleges and universities has survived for another year and into the Trump administration. The Department of Education published updated information on the College Scorecard Thursday, including a new feature that allows students to compare data from up to 10 institutions at once. The update is a significant win for proponents of transparency in higher education who have watched Education Secretary Betsy DeVos over recent months delay and water down requirements for the gainful-employment measure.
September 22, 2017
Public scrutiny of how colleges handle sexual assault cases is appropriate. Institutions should be held accountable for safeguarding the rights of complainants and respondents. That these cases are often extremely complicated and challenging does not in any way diminish the need for fair policies.