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October 25, 2016
Washington, DC — The United States Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Cooperative Extension System, and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) today announced that Stephen D. Green, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, will receive the 2016 Excellence in Extension Award. Green is cited for developing programs proven to increase knowledge of best practices in child care, enhanced opportunities for early childhood professionals, and increased involvement by fathers with their children.
October 25, 2016
Washington, DC – In an effort to help undergraduate students pursuing degrees in STEM fields avoid trouble with introductory mathematics courses -- the most common roadblock to a degree -- the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and three university partners today announced they have received a $3 million, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study and scale the use of active learning for precalculus and calculus instruction. The announcement coincided with a nationwide Active Learning Day led by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy as part of its efforts to improve STEM education at all levels using insights from research in the learning sciences.
October 5, 2016
Washington, DC – The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) today named six public research institutions as finalists for its fourth annual Innovation & Economic Prosperity (IEP) University Awards. The winners will be announced on November 13 at the association’s annual meeting in Austin, Texas. The finalists — Arizona State University, Colorado State University, Iowa State University, Montana State University, Purdue University, and the University of Massachusetts Lowell — are competing for four different awards that recognize different components of university economic engagement: talent, innovation, place, and connections.
September 22, 2016
Washington, DC – The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and NAFSA: Association of International Educators today applauded the introduction of the Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Act by U.S. Senators Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.). The bipartisan bill would vastly expand study abroad opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students and increase the share of students who graduate with study abroad experience.
September 13, 2016
Washington, D.C.— Strengthening ties between community colleges and public universities is critical to boosting minority male enrollment and success in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields, according to a new report released today by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU).
September 12, 2016
Washington, DC – In support of its effort to increase diversity among STEM faculty, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) today announced it received a $300,000 pilot grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) as part of its first-ever INCLUDES (Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science) program.
September 9, 2016
Las Cruces, NM -- Seeking to strengthen and formalize a partnership founded in research and extension, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the Mexican Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) aimed at working collaboratively to address sustainable agriculture and natural resource management.
August 22, 2016
Washington, D.C.— Ten exemplary colleges and universities today were named as the inaugural class of Excellence in Assessment designees, recognizing the institutions’ commitment to the comprehensive assessment of student learning outcomes as a means to drive internal improvement and advance student success. The Excellence in Assessment (EIA) program – the first national designation of its kind – spotlights institutions successfully integrating assessment practices across campus, providing evidence of student learning outcomes, and using assessment results to guide institutional decision-making and improve student performance.
August 10, 2016
Washington, D.C. — In recognition of their extraordinary global engagement efforts, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities today named Arizona State University; the University of California, San Diego; The Ohio State University; and the University of Minnesota as finalists for its inaugural Institutional Award for Global Learning, Research & Engagement. The award recognizes institutions at the leading edge of inclusive and comprehensive efforts to internationalize their campuses. The winner will be announced during the 2016 APLU Annual Meeting November 13-15 in Austin, Texas.
July 28, 2016
Washington, D.C.— To help university leaders address a lack of underrepresented minority scholars in the nation’s scientific workforce, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU), and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) today released a report proposing specific actions that would put vital evidence at their fingertips.