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January 8, 2019
Knowledge Is Power Program charter schools have built a national reputation for sending disadvantaged students to college, but that success didn't always translate into students actually graduating from college. Money shortages and gaps in financial aid, even relatively small ones, often got in the way and forced students to either temporarily take time off from college or to drop out entirely.
January 4, 2019
The University of Texas at San Antonio has joined 129 other public universities in a new five-year effort to improve college access for low-income, first generation, and minority students. The initiative of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) brings together 130 higher-education institutions, divided into 16 study groups to look into how to improve student success. Together, the schools enroll more than 3 million undergraduate students.
January 2, 2019
A new report from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities shows that while the numbers of black and Hispanic students in engineering are going up, they still lag significantly in enrollments at the undergraduate and graduate level. For example, Hispanic students make up 19 percent of college undergraduates but only 11 percent of engineering bachelor’s degrees conferred in 2016, an 8-percentage point gap. Similar gaps are found for black students, and the gaps are even more pronounced at the graduate level.
January 2, 2019
Growing demand for tech workers is fueling an increase in undergraduate engineering degrees. While underrepresented groups are experiencing those gains, too, the uptick is not sufficient to close the gap between their share of those degrees and their share of the college-age population in their state, according to a new report from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.
January 2, 2019
Financial aid has traditionally focused on helping lower-income students gain access to higher education, paving paths to college for millions of poor students. Recently, an increasing number of colleges are targeting a portion of their aid to help financially struggling undergraduates cross the finish line to graduation.
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
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.