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April 16, 2021
Two studies released over the past year, including one conducted by the Temple University-based Hope Center for College Community and Justice, show that 60% of students are struggling with food and housing insecurity. In its Food Insecurity at Urban Universities: Perspectives During the Pandemic report, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU), suggest potential strategies institutions can take to help in the fight against food insecurity food hunger.
April 16, 2021
Science takes center stage in US president Joe Biden’s 2022 funding request, with research and environment agencies all slated for increases—many in the double digits—in 2022. “Federal research investment is the lifeblood of American innovation and the administration’s proposal would ensure the U.S. is positioned to lead in critical areas such as health, climate, and manufacturing,” said Peter McPherson, president of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.
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.