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The APLU Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of senior leaders from public research university leaders. Come meet and exchange ideas with colleagues from across the country and all of North America, learn about the latest challenges and opportunities facing public universities, and develop new ideas and initiatives to further strengthen our work. This year’s sessions revolve around the theme of Progress through Partnerships. With a broad array of challenges facing public higher education it has never been more important to strengthen the historic partnerships that have led to our success, including engagement with state governments, the federal government, the business community, K-12 systems, community colleges, students and families, faculty, other institutions, and more.
From the university community, presidents, chancellors, provosts, deans, and senior leaders for research, governmental affairs, public affairs, student affairs, finance and more are encouraged to attend. And we welcome others who are interested in securing the future of public higher education as well. The Annual Meeting provides great opportunities to strengthen your institution along with ample networking opportunities -- learn about best practices and share your institution’s story.
Close the Innovation Deficit is an effort by the business, higher education, scientific, and high-tech manufacturing communities who are concerned about cuts and stagnating federal investments in research and higher education at a time when other nations are investing heavily in these areas. APLU helps lead the effort to Close the Innovation Deficit and believes sustained federal investments in research and higher education are necessary to develop the ideas, people, and innovations that power our economy, create jobs, improve health, and strengthen our national security. Read more at www.innovationdeficit.org and follow the conversation on Twitter at #InnovationDeficit.
This year marks the 100-year anniversary of the signing of the Smith-Lever Act, the founding legislation of the national Cooperative Extension System. Cooperative Extension held a Centennial Convocation May 8 to celebrate its heritage and look to the future. The primary focus was on Extension’s contemporary efforts and launching the next 100 years of educational programming that transforms behavior of individuals, families, youth, farmers, communities and businesses.
:: President Carter Congratulates Cooperative Extension:: APLU President Peter McPherson at Cooperative Extension Centennial Celebration
:: For more information click here, extension100years.net:: Follow the celebration on Twitter, #ext100years
SAM is a joint effort by APLU and the five other presidential associations to enhance transparency and provide the public with a more comprehensive measure of college student progress and completion than ever before. The SAM metric will allow universities to deliver a more complete picture of student progress along the path to earning a college degree or certificate because it captures student movement across institutions. The SAM project is a voluntary collaboration that provides a common tool for different types of nonprofit institutions—public and private, colleges, universities, and community colleges.
Nationally, more than one in five students who complete a degree do so at an institution other than the one where they started, according to a recent study by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Yet the typical method for calculating graduation rates, as stipulated by federal legislation, counts only those students who enroll full-time and then start and finish at their first college or university. SAM better accounts for the success of these students.
Further details on the SAM Project can be found here.
Nearly 490 four year public colleges and universities have pledged to boost college completion by 3.8 million bachelor's degrees to help the nation reach the goal of 60 percent of adults possessing a college degree by 2025.
Through Project Degree Completion: A Public University Initiative, the institutions will increase the number of bachelor's degrees they award from an estimated 14.6 million to 18.4 million over the next 14 years. Collectively, public colleges and universities currently award more than 1 million degrees annually. The participating institutions are members of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU). Their membership represents nearly all the four year public colleges and universities in the country. [More]
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