February 26, 2020
American factories are about twice as efficient today as they were three decades ago. Cutting-edge “Industry 4.0 technologies” such as artificial intelligence, advanced robotics, data analytics, and the Internet of Things have bolstered productivity. They’ve also automated many low-skill factory jobs and created new, high-skill jobs requiring workers with more advanced levels of education.
January 30, 2020
The night before Sadie Billings took her ACT exam, her stomach was in knots. She was so anxious she couldn’t sleep. She had been in the same position five times before. And although she had maintained a 4.0 high school grade point average, Billings — even after six tries — was never able to score above a 21, the cutoff for admission to the University of Missouri-Kansas City, her preferred school.
January 23, 2020
Pressured by her family to pursue medical school, Diana Choi found herself managing a Chipotle fast-food restaurant after sticking with her course at the University of California for less than a semester: “I don’t think I really wanted to go in the first place,” she admits. But now the twentysomething is better off than most people her age, with a full-time job at the software development company Techtonic – which, for no charge, gave her better training than her friends claim to have obtained in college.
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.
November 18, 2019
Public universities are serving their students, communities, and society at large in a variety of ways. They provide access to college and work to ensure every student who enrolls in college leaves with a life-changing degree in hand. They undertake public-impact research. They drive economic development through innovation and collaboration with the private sector. They work with communities across the globe to solve pressing societal challenges. And they instill a sense of civic responsibility in their students.
November 18, 2019
Purdue University has been recognized for its economic engagement. During its annual meeting in San Diego, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities named Purdue a 2019 Innovation and Economic Prosperity Place award winner.
November 18, 2019
A report on the state of rural education came out last week, asserting that some schools and places “face nothing less than an emergency in the education and well-being of children.” Part of that emergency is the low level of “college readiness” in many of these rural districts, which enroll nearly one in five public-school students in the United States.
July 25, 2019
The University of Louisville’s Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research will be recognized for its outstanding work and community partnership with Louisville's Fairness Campaign. The Braden Institute worked with the Fairness Campaign from 2015-2017 on a project aiming to shine light on Kentucky’s relatively unexplored LGBTQ history. As a result of this effort, U of L has received the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities' 2019 W. Kellogg Awards and will have the opportunity to compete for the Peter Magrath Award for Community Engagement.
June 21, 2019
Colleges and universities play an important role in strengthening communities and driving economic and community development, Pennsylvania Secretary of Community and Economic Development Dennis Davin said Tuesday. Davin highlighted the role of colleges and universities at the 2019 joint meeting of the Commission on Economic and Community Engagement (CECE) and the Council on Research (CoR) of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) held this week at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center in State College.
April 23, 2019
The function and makeup of the workforce will change as industries adapt to new technology and processes, raising questions about how educational models are responding to deliver relevant training, explains a new white paper from the World Economic Forum and the Boston Consulting Group.