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November 27, 2018
Public universities are a powerful force in the U.S. economy. They stimulate innovation, meet ever-changing industry demands and enable us to remain competitive globally. They also transform lives through the socioeconomic gains associated with having a college degree. Although the societal and individual benefits of a college degree are clear, fewer than 60 percent of America’s first-year college students earn a baccalaureate degree within six years, the standard period used to assess graduation rates.
November 27, 2018
The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities announced ASU, along with four other universities, as a finalist for the 2018 Degree Completion Award. The award is given to universities for improving rates of undergraduate student retention and graduation within the past three years. The winning university, Wayne State University, was announced at the 2018 APLU Annual Meeting which took place Nov. 11 to 13 in New Orleans.
November 26, 2018
On a Saturday earlier this month, the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) brought together representatives from 130 institutions in the same room. Previously, they had worked together to group the universities into clusters of four to 12. These clusters will spend the next five years minimum working to increase access to college, boost retention, close the achievement gap, and ensure that more Americans are earning degrees. Known as the Powered by Publics: Scaling Student Success initiative, it marks an unprecedented collaboration among public American institutions.
November 26, 2018
The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities is starting a major new initiative with 130 public universities and systems to make it easier for students to get a higher education degree. The initiative, called Powered by Publics: Scaling Student Success, is a collaborative effort to improve college access, advance equity efforts and increase the number of college degrees by hundreds of thousands by 2025.
November 16, 2018
Earlier this month, the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) launched a major initiative that deserves watching. It’s called Powered By Publics: Scaling Student Success. The project involves a national collaboration comprised of 130 public institutions that have committed to improving college access, closing student achievement gaps and dramatically increasing the number of undergraduate degrees that are awarded over the next decade.
November 16, 2018
Cleveland State University and Kent State University are part of a new initiative by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities aimed at better supporting students. The Powered by Publics: Scaling Student Success initiative was announced this week. About 130 public institutions and systems will be working in small clusters, with a goal to "improve college access, advance equity and increase college degrees awarded," a news release said. Some of the clusters are concentrated on geographic area, while others are focused on the type of schools involved or the issues they'll be examining. Cleveland State will be part of what's being called the urban cluster.
November 15, 2018
A growing number of universities are trading notes on how to improve student success rates. And the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities wants to take this cross-institutional collaboration to the next level. Over the weekend the group released details on an ambitious project involving 130 universities and systems that have pledged to work together in 16 “clusters” to boost their student access and completion rates while also curbing equity gaps.
November 15, 2018
More than 100 public universities on Sunday unveiled what they said was the largest-ever drive aimed at improving college access – with a goal of awarding hundreds of thousands more degrees, especially to low-income students. The initiative, organized by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, includes 130 public universities and systems enrolling 3 million students — a third of whom receive Pell Grants. How it works: Schools will work in "clusters" of four to 12 institutions that will test ways to enroll more low-income students and get them to graduation.
November 15, 2018
Wayne State University (WSU) was named the winner of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU)’s 2018 Degree Completion Award which recognizes and awards schools that utilize new approaches to advance degree completion and ensuring educational quality of its students. In 2011, WSU established a Student Retention Initiative which works to improve student success by hiring professional academic advisers, improving the general education curriculum courses, increasing support for faculty development and for underprepared students, strengthening financial aid and creating first-year experiences for new students, according to an APLU press release.
November 15, 2018
This is a story celebrating the public university with the lowest graduation rate in the state of Michigan. Stick with me here. Wayne State has taken its lumps over the years. Less than a decade ago, about one in four students earned a degree within six years. More alarming: Fewer than one in 10 black students who enrolled at the Detroit campus left with a four-year degree within that time. For black men, the rate was one in 14. Since then, the chances of Wayne State University students leaving the Detroit campus with a degree has almost doubled to 45 percent. And the African-American graduation rate has tripled to 26 percent.