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APLU In The News: June 3, 2020

June 3, 2020
The U.S. manufacturing industry has lost a staggering 5 million jobs and thousands of manufacturing establishments over the past two decades, according to a report from MForesight. Stalled manufacturing productivity growth and overseas competition are two major drivers of the decline. COVID-19 is likely to make matters worse, but the industry may also experience five years of innovation within the next 18 months as existing and new digital technologies gain traction.
June 3, 2020
The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and the Science Coalition have applauded the introduction of a bipartisan bill in the United States Congress that would expand the budget of the National Science Foundation by US$100 billion over the next five years, increasing research in areas such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics and advanced manufacturing and providing additional research opportunities at universities and support for undergraduate programmes and scholarships.
June 3, 2020
At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, college faculty may have felt a little lost as to how to transfer their face-to-face classes online. Now, a few months in, they may feel inundated with advice. A new “playbook” aims to strike the middle ground between offering higher ed instructors and institutions too much information about teaching remotely and offering too little. Called “Delivering High-Quality Instruction Online in Response to COVID-19,” the guide is organized into short chapters that offer insight at three levels
June 3, 2020
In a surprise twist to the political drama over potential new immigration restrictions, 21 House Republicans sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf urging support for Optional Practical Training (OPT) for international students. Sources have confirmed some Trump officials hope to use the recent economic downturn due to Covid-19 to impose new restrictions on H-1B visa holders, international students and others. Deliberations on specifics continue inside the administration, which has prompted members of Congress and others to weigh in.
June 3, 2020
The Trump administration needs to preserve a program that allows international students work in the U.S. for up to three years after graduating, a group of House Republicans said this week. The program, known as Optional Practical Training, is opposed by many conservatives who have pushed for the White House to suspend it in response to the coronavirus pandemic.