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APLU/USU’s Rodriguez Speaks on Connecting Industry Certifications and Degrees Panel
Andréa Rodriguez
Director, Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU)

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.

APLU’s Shalin Jyotishi presents during Rutgers University graduate student workshop
Shalin Jyotishi
Assistant Director, Economic Development and Community Engagement

At a workshop organized by Rutgers University graduate students hosted at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, APLU’s Shalin Jyotishi spoke on a panel addressing the role of boundary organizations, associations, and professional societies for fostering public and policy engagement. He focused on the importance of engaging with local communities and leveraging economic and community engagement officers as resources for outreach. 

APLU’s Mair Presents on Developing Student-Centered Research Universities
Bernard Mair, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer | Acting Vice President for Access, Success, & Equity

Bernard Mair, APLU’s Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer, was a plenary speaker and panelist at the Reinvention Collaborative’s Lamborn-Hughes Institute, where he spoke on developing student-centered research universities.

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APLU’s Fink Honored with Award for Exceptional Journal Article
Wendy Fink
Executive Director, Academic Programs Section & Assistant Vice President, Food, Agriculture, & Natural Resources (FANR)

Wendy Fink, Director of Food, Agriculture, & Natural Resources, was honored with the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture’s E.B. Knight Journal Award for a journal article she co-authored on employability skills in agriculture.

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APLU’s York Presents on Future of Higher Ed
Travis York, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President, Academic & Student Affairs
Dr. Travis York, APLU’s Assistant Vice President for Academic & Student Affairs, gave a keynote address on the future of higher education at the Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers on June 13, 2019.
APLU’s Martin Speaks on Universities’ Role in Workforce Development at NGA Summit
Sheila A. Martin, Ph.D.
Vice President, Economic Development & Community Engagement (OEDCE)

Sheila Martin, APLU’s Vice President of Economic Development and Community Engagement, spoke on the role of universities in workforce development at the National Governors Association’s Good Jobs for All Americans Summit. She also authored a white paper on how higher education is responding to 21st Century Workforce Needs that was shared at the conference in Whitefish, Montana on May 22.

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APLU’s Demment Awarded Texas Tech’s 2019 Global Citizen Recognition
Montague Demment, Ph.D.
Vice President, International Programs

Tag Demment, APLU’s Vice President for International Programs, was given Texas Tech’s 2019 Global Citizen Award for his extraordinary commitment to internationalization in higher education. He also served as the award ceremony’s keynote speaker. In his remarks, he highlighted the challenge of inequality, in the U.S. and globally, as a source of great instability — emphasizing that U.S. public universities, with proper attention to global challenges in education and research, can be one of great engines to achieve greater equality.

APLU’s Julia Michaels Presents on Powered by Publics at the Higher Learning Commission’s Annual Conference
Julia Michaels
Executive Director, Center for Public University Transformation (CPUT) & Associate Vice President, APLU

Julia Michaels, Deputy Director of APLU's Center for Public University Transformation, was a panelist at two sessions at the Higher Learning Commission’s annual conference on April 8, alongside four institutions from the Big 10, Urban, and Metropolitan clusters of the association's Powered by Publics initiative. The panels showcased each university’s student success work and how peer collaboration through Powered by Publics is helping them accelerate change on campus.

APLU’s Jyotishi moderates Embassy of Finland panel on Future Proofing Higher Education
Shalin Jyotishi
Assistant Director, Economic Development and Community Engagement

As part of a week-long high-level delegation organized by the Finnish Embassy, the panel featured Ms. Anita Lehikoinen, Finland’s Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Culture, Dr. Heikki Mannila, President of the Academy of Finland, and Mr. Tobin Smith, Vice President for Policy, Association of American Universities. The panel focused on how best to maximize the impact of universities on the economy and society through innovation and talent development.