May 11, 2018
President Trump last year issued an executive order calling for an expansion of apprenticeship opportunities while also increasing federal funding for such programs by roughly $100 million. The U.S. Department of Labor subsequently pulled together a 20-member task force of experts, including the secretaries of education, labor and commerce, to develop recommendations to make that expansion a reality. Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter and a senior White House adviser, was on the task force. Representing traditional higher education were Walter Bumphus, president and CEO of the American Association of Community Colleges, and Mark Rosenberg, president of Florida International University.
February 7, 2018
Over 50 years ago, with the creation of Pell Grants and federal student loan programs, college access became a national priority for higher education. In the last decade, a broad agreement has emerged that institutions also need to do more to help students complete their degrees. These targets of college access and completion are now taken for granted as guiding goals for postsecondary institutions.
November 30, 2017
A State College-based agricultural startup founded by a State College Area High School and Penn State graduate was recently selected to participate in an innovation showcase in Washington, D.C.
November 21, 2017
In a project laden with both symbolism and substance, Carnegie Mellon University on Monday began the conversion of an old Pittsburgh steel mill into the home of a $250-million advanced-robotics center. The site occupies 178 acres of riverfront just 10 minutes from downtown, where thick black smoke from rows of coal-fired furnaces once signaled a solid middle-class life for tens of thousands of steelworkers and their families.
November 20, 2017
Colleges and universities should reframe the goals of their technology transfer offices away from a focus on revenue generation to how technology and innovation in the school can contribute to the health and prosperity of the surrounding community, region and economy, according to a new report from the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities.
November 16, 2017
Oklahoma State University is the 2017 winner of a national community outreach award for its collaboration with the Chickasaw Nation on a health initiative to improve child nutrition and public health. 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 14, 2017
Barron has been tapped by the APLU to chair the organization’s Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness and Economic Prosperity. “Public institutions of higher education are in a unique position to drive economic development, job growth and student career success — and we need to harness the incredible abilities of our students and researchers, and nurture and reward innovators and big thinkers,” Barron 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.
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.
May 31, 2017
Not every student walking away with a liberal arts degree from the University of Utah -- or any other institution, for that matter -- feels confident picking a profession or finding a job in an often tepid market. So the university has introduced an option growing in popularity -- a certificate program, what it has labeled as “degree-plus.” Though certificates often are geared toward older adults returning to academe and seeking to diversify their skill sets, the University of Utah has concentrated on recent liberal arts graduates, largely in the humanities and social sciences.