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APLU In The News: December 2019

December 19, 2019
The US Congress is finalising a budget agreement for the current year that again increases federal aid for college students and spending on university research over the objections of the Trump administration. The blueprint was announced this week by House and Senate negotiators representing both parties, then approved by the House of Representatives and sent to the Senate for its expected endorsement.
December 16, 2019
The Association of American Universities (AAU) and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) received a $191,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). NSF’s funding would go towards developing guidelines for universities to establish policies and procedures to ensure the public has access to federally funded data, according to a press release.
December 16, 2019
When the University of Rhode Island hit a first-year retention record this year, Dean Libutti, a vice provost, drove to Allie’s Donuts, a North Kingstown institution, and ordered a doughnut cake in the shape of an 86. Technically, the retention rate was 85.9, but that would require an extra doughnut digit and decimal, and URI is a frugal place, still recovering from the severe budget cuts it sustained during the Great Recession.
December 16, 2019
Investing in higher education meets the needs of employers for growth and positions students for successful and rewarding lives. But Wayne State University is Michigan's only public, urban research university not to have its state funding level restored to 2011 levels and is still down $1.8 million, said WSU President M. Roy Wilson, M.D. Adjusted for inflation, WSU is down $1 billion a year in funding based on fiscal year 2002, he said.
December 4, 2019
The on-time graduation rate for University of Hawaii at Manoa students has doubled in the last decade, officials said. The school’s graduation rate now matches the national average for public universities, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Monday. The four-year graduation rate reached 36.6% for the class of 2019, up from 17.5% in 2010, according to the University of Hawaii Institutional Research & Analysis Office.
December 4, 2019
At community colleges, the idea of students earning industry and professional certifications as they pursue their education is often standard operating procedure. At four-year colleges, not so much. This is true even though recent research suggests that liberal-arts graduates can improve their job prospects considerably if they graduate with even one or two industry-specific skills along with their degree.