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April 14, 2021
Rutgers University–Newark announced it is one of 16 institutions that will receive additional investment and support to advance student-centered transformation. This investment was provided through through the Powered by Publics initiative of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). The cohort will engage in an in-depth institutional needs assessment, share student success data, and receive targeted professional development and technical assistance based on needs in advising, college readiness policy and practice, and digital learning. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is funding the effort. Each institution began to work in March 2021 and will continue through July 2022 and will receive a $15,000 stipend to cover expenses related to participation.
April 14, 2021
President Joe Biden’s first budget proposal, released in a preliminary form on 9 April, was well-received by the nation’s research community and science advocates. The new president’s request for fiscal year 2022, which begins on 1 October, includes a funding increase of more than $10 billion (£7.3 billion), or 20%, for the National Science Foundation (NSF), with $500 million of that going to climate and clean energy research. It would also create a new technology and innovation directorate at the fundamental science and engineering agency to help expedite technology development.
April 9, 2021
Agriculture, food and related industries contribute $1.1 trillion to America’s economy and support 22 million jobs a year. In Kansas, agriculture’s contribution to the state’s economy is $81 billion, which represents 54% of the state’s economy and is responsible for 21% of our workforce. 
April 9, 2021
Increasingly, higher education is placed in the position of updating and upgrading the curriculum to assure that students are prepared for the careers of today -- not those of yesterday or those careers that will never materialize due to the impact of artificial intelligence, shifting societal needs and the changing economy of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).
March 29, 2021
The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU) have released a report examining the pandemic’s significant impact on food insecurity among college students. The report, “Food Insecurity at Urban Universities: Perspectives During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” also outlines steps institutions can take to more effectively address food insecurity.
March 29, 2021
Mentors and “champions” can help elevate more women and minorities to positions of authority, according to The University of Texas at El Paso’s President Heather Wilson, who was a panelist on a virtual Women’s History Month webinar on Tuesday, March 23, 2021.
March 26, 2021
College lobby groups launched a campaign on Thursday for lawmakers to double the total value of grants to low-income students. Pell Grants once covered two-thirds of the total cost of a four-year college, but rising college costs have eroded the value of the grant. The maximum Pell award—$6,345 this academic year—covers less than a third of the cost of the typical four-year school.
March 26, 2021
As part of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities’ (APLU) Powered by Publics: Scaling Student Success initiative, Texas Tech University is among nearly 125 institutions that have joined together to improve college access, advance equity and increase college degrees awarded.
March 26, 2021
How massive is the $1.9 trillion economic stimulus package signed recently by President Joe Biden? Here’s some Nebraska-size perspective. Those $1,400 payments going directly to individuals are bringing $2.3 billion into the state, equal to almost 6% of what Nebraskans spent last year on all taxable purchases.
March 26, 2021
The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) recently 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.