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April 8, 2022
An analysis by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities has found that public research universities had spent nearly $14.5 billion, or over 70 percent of the federal COVID-19 relief grant dollars they received, as of Dec. 31, 2021. This includes the nearly $10 billion from the first two pandemic relief bills—the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, as well as a substantial portion of the third round of funding that came from the American Rescue Plan Act. Funds were used to meet students’ basic needs, mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and shift to digital then hybrid instruction formats with unprecedented speed. Spending has continued this year.
April 8, 2022
Public research universities spent almost $14.5 billion in federal coronavirus relief funding by the end of 2021, totaling about 70% of the amount they received, according to an analysis released Wednesday by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.
January 13, 2022
The pandemic has illuminated the challenges facing college students who are low income, first in their family to attend or a member of a racially minoritized group. From affordability to improving the learning environment to supporting students outside the classroom, the long-standing issues facing such students have been magnified. It’s not just hard to afford college. It’s difficult to stay enrolled and learn while juggling a myriad of academic and personal concerns.
November 11, 2021
Peter McPherson, president of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, will retire in September 2022 after more than 16 years in the role. McPherson said he’s leaving his post to spend more time with his family and to devote more time to projects and causes that are important to him. He plans to stay active in the higher education industry but isn’t sure exactly how he’ll continue his work.
November 11, 2021
After more than 16 years as president of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) — the nation's oldest higher education association — Peter McPherson has announced plans to retire in September 2022.
September 13, 2021
Over a dozen higher education associations and organizations sent a letter to members of Congress Friday, once again urging senators to vote in favor of James Kvaal to serve as under secretary of education ahead of the first vote on his nomination happening today.
August 25, 2021
Powered by Publics is a multifaceted effort begun in 2019 by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities to produce hundreds of thousands of new college graduates by reducing gaps in completion rates by race, ethnicity, income, and first-generation status. As part of that project, APLU is tracking not only enrollments of Pell-eligible students at 125 participating colleges, but also other metrics such as retention and graduation, all broken down by demographics.
May 6, 2021
The DFW rate — the share of students who receive a grade of D or F or withdraw — in gateway courses has emerged as an important metric. DFW rates are correlated with progress to graduation. They can also be an important gauge of equity: In general, DFW rates are higher for first-generation students, students from underrepresented minority groups, and men than for their classmates. Both trends come through in this recent look at DFW rates for a set of common high-enrollment gateway courses compiled by a group of Big Ten universities working together on a project for the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities.
April 26, 2021
Learotha Williams Jr., a professor at Tennessee State University, witnessed how badly his institution needed funding when the campus was struck by lightning two years ago. The lightning damaged underground wires when it hit a central circuit in the campus’s aged electrical system. Disruptive power outages followed for weeks at the historically Black land-grant university. “Our infrastructure shouldn’t have been to a point where a lightning strike can shut down the school, not in the 21st century,” said Williams, an associate professor of African American and public history.
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.