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March 4, 2021
Washington, D.C. – The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) today released a comprehensive study that found there is a collective total of nearly $11.5 billion in needed repairs and renovations at the buildings and supporting facilities at schools of agriculture authorized to receive U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) research funding. The study was conducted for APLU by Gordian, a leader in facility and construction cost data, software and expertise. The study notes that 69 percent of the buildings at these schools – 97 land-grant universities in total – are more than 25 years old and require urgent upgrades to remain safe and useful. Without action, the declining state of these facilities threatens to hinder critical research on food safety and security, natural resources, climate change, and other key matters.
February 19, 2021
Washington, D.C. — APLU President President Peter McPherson today issued the following statement on President Biden’s appointment of James Kvaal as Under Secretary of Education.
February 18, 2021
Washington, D.C. — Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) President Peter McPherson today released the following statement on the immigration reform bill introduced by Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Representative Linda Sanchez (D-CA).
February 8, 2021
Washington, DC —The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) today announced it is joining with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities in a new effort to increase transfer rates for African American, Hispanic, adult, and first-generation learners.
February 3, 2021
Washington, DC – Association of Public and Land-grant Universities President Peter McPherson today released the following statement after President Biden appointed Dr. Michelle Asha Cooper as Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Postsecondary Education (serving as Acting Assistant Secretary) at the U.S. Department of Education.
February 1, 2021
Washington, DC – Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) President Peter McPherson today released the following statement regarding a proposal from 10 Senate Republicans for a smaller Covid-19 relief package.
January 27, 2021
Washington, DC —The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) today announced an effort to build and pilot a model for creating career pathways for low-income rural students while addressing the needs of rural employers. APLU is partnering with the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development at Purdue University for the project. Together, the groups will support a team of Cooperative Extension professionals as they work to create a model to identify rural workforce needs, develop stakeholder partnerships, map workforce pathways, recruit and support low-income rural learners, and build entrepreneurship and leadership skills.
January 20, 2021
Washington, DC – Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) President Peter McPherson today released the following statement praising the series of Executive Orders that President Biden is scheduled to sign on his first day in office.
January 15, 2021
Washington, DC – Association of Public and Land-grant Universities President Peter McPherson today released a statement on President-elect Biden’s personnel selections for key science positions in the administration.
January 14, 2021
Washington, DC – Association of Public and Land-grant Universities President Peter McPherson tonight released a statement on President-elect Biden’s proposed COVID-19 relief package.