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APLU’s Anderson Leads Workshop on Examining Diversity in Engineering
Eugene L. Anderson, Ph.D.
Vice President, Access and Success

In May, Dr. Eugene Anderson, APLU’s Vice President for Access and Success, presented at a virtual workshop, Examining Diversity in Engineering: From National to Local Exploration and Problem‐Solving, at the University at Albany.

APLU’s Perkins Leads Session on Closing Achievement Gaps by Addressing Inequities on Campus
Christel Perkins, Ed.D.
Assistant Director, Coalition of Urban Serving Universities
APLU’s Christel Perkins, Melissa Rivas, and Lynn Brabender led a session on new approaches for achieving equitable student outcomes at College Complete America’s Annual Convening in mid-December. Their session explored the work of APLU’s Powered by Publics initiative.
APLU's Jyotishi Appointed Member of the U.S. Youth Working Group to the United Nations
Shalin Jyotishi
Assistant Director, Economic Development and Community Engagement

Born out of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, the Youth Working Group's is committed to igniting action that positively impacts the lives of 47 million young Americans with a focus on achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Through partnerships, the Youth Working Group serves as a sustainable hub for U.S. youth leadership. Jyotishi will contribute expertise to efforts focused on education and workforce development, technology and innovation, and economic growth. 

APLU’s Jyotishi Pens Op-Ed on Certification-Degree Pathways for IndustryWeek
Shalin Jyotishi
Assistant Director, Economic Development and Community Engagement

In an op-ed for IndustryWeek, APLU’s Shalin Jyotishi and Workcred’s Isabel Cardenas-Navia share how embedding certifications into a 4-year degree can address the skills gap in manufacturing, while promoting life-long learning. Read the full op-ed here

APLU’s Jyotishi speaks about the Future of Work at World Bank Conference
Shalin Jyotishi
Assistant Director, Economic Development and Community Engagement

As part of the 2019 Vision 20/20 Conference, APLU’s Shalin Jyotishi joined fellow panelists Debbie Hughes, Senior Advisor, Walmart; David Pang, Partner, Advisory Market Leader, Washington DC Metro Area at KPMG US; and Tony Scardino, Managing Principal at Grant Thornton Public Sector for a discussion around the Future of Work and trends in workforce preparedness. The conference was held at the World Bank and organized by Leadership ASCEND, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the World Economic Forum Global Shapers.

APLU's Jyotishi Publishes Article for Institute for International Education
Shalin Jyotishi
Assistant Director, Economic Development and Community Engagement

The article entitled, How Universities are Addressing the "False Choice" Between Education and Employment Readiness of Students, highlighted three critical strategies APLU member institutions are leveraging to strengthen student workforce and employability outcomes. The article also highlighted case studies of the three strategies being deployed at APLU member institutions. 

APLU’s Michaels Presenst at College Completion Summit
Julia Michaels
Executive Director, APLU Center for Public University Transformation

Julia Michaels, Deputy Executive Director of the APLU Center for Public University Transformation, presented on how universities participating in APLU’s Powered by Publics are advancing college access, equity, and completion at College Completion Summit on October 1.

APLU’s Jyotishi Speaks at University Economic Development Summit
Shalin Jyotishi
Assistant Director, Economic Development and Community Engagement

Jyotishi spoke at and co-led a workshop at the 2019 Annual Summit of the University Economic Development Association. The workshop brought together economic development leaders from colleges and universities for a dialogue around fortifying university-MEP partnerships to transition new technologies and innovation to America’s small and medium-sized manufacturers. Learn more at

APLU’s Martin Speaks at Innovation Summit
Sheila A. Martin, Ph.D.
Vice President, Economic Development and Community Engagement

Sheila Martin, APLU’s Vice President for Economic Development and Community Engagement, spoke on a panel examining the importance of research that measures and communicates universities’ impact on society. The session took place September 26 at the Institute for Research on Innovation and Science Summit. Martin’s remarks explored the value of undergraduate research experience for student success; tracking graduate workforce outcomes, and the impact of universities on the development of new industries.

APLU/USU’s Rodriguez Speaks on Connecting Industry Certifications and Degrees Panel
Andréa Rodriguez
Assistant Director, USU/APLU Office of Urban Initiatives

As part of a two-day cross state meeting themed: Educate for Opportunity, the panel focused on a partnership on coordinating higher education institutions and credentialing bodies to bolster student success and career outcomes as we prepare for the future of work. Andrea shared examples of innovations APLU/USU member institutions are doing around the future of work and shared ways states can collaborate with higher education institutions to connect traditional academic pathways.

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