February 14, 2020
As the presidential election campaign picks up, almost every top candidate has released a plan for higher education that addresses college affordability and student debt issues. But there’s only one candidate who’s already in the White House – Donald Trump – and this week he released his plan in the form of a proposed education budget for fiscal year 2021. If Congress were to approve it, some higher education experts say, low-income students would be so financially squeezed that college might be out of reach.
February 11, 2020
President Trump on Monday called for a $5.6 billion, or 7.8 percent, cut in Department of Education funding and reductions for most core funders of academic research, but also proposed a nearly $900 million increase in career and technical education funding that U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos called “perhaps the largest increase in CTE ever.”
December 19, 2019
The US Congress is finalising a budget agreement for the current year that again increases federal aid for college students and spending on university research over the objections of the Trump administration. The blueprint was announced this week by House and Senate negotiators representing both parties, then approved by the House of Representatives and sent to the Senate for its expected endorsement.
November 22, 2019
Regardless of your perspective regarding disruption, higher education and what to do about it, the importance of harnessing the potential of these changes is undeniable. In a recent article, “Is College Worth It?” Peter McPherson, President of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, makes a case that is both compelling and frightening regarding the past and future impact of higher education on modern America. It is compelling in its description of what we have achieved. And it is frightening in its prediction of the dire consequences of failing to sustain and extend higher education’s core social and economic value.
September 23, 2019
There is something economists call the college earnings premium – the amount of money college graduates earn in excess of people with high school diplomas. It amounts to about $32,000 more a year, according to the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, and that gap widens every year. Of course, a higher paycheck isn’t the only reason students pursue higher education.
September 4, 2019
The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities yesterday published a letter to the Department of Justice Antitrust Division, urging that it block the proposed merger of publishers Cengage and McGraw-Hill Education. “The textbook market is already highly concentrated, which has helped fuel cost increases far exceeding the overall rate of inflation for several decades. Increased consolidation will further reduce competition, disincentivize innovation, and raise prices for students,” wrote Peter McPherson, president of the APLU, in the letter.
August 5, 2019
The Falling into Place series spotlights the important work of -and fosters collaboration between- not-for-profit organizations in our communities; allowing us all to fall into place. This morning, the program focuses on UAlbany's Purple Pantry - a new on-campus food pantry that was enabled through a grant from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. Director of Student CARE Services Sally D’Alessandro and Associate Director of Off-Campus Student Services Luke Rumsey speak about the program.
July 16, 2019
A coalition of higher ed groups asked key Senate and House lawmakers in a letter Monday to make graduate students a priority in a reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. The letter went to Senator Lamar Alexander, the GOP chairman of the Senate education committee, and ranking Democratic senator Patty Murray as well as Representative Bobby Scott, chairman of the House education committee, and ranking Republican representative Virginia Foxx. It noted recent decisions by Congress that have made graduate education more expensive, including elimination of in-school interest subsidies for grad students and higher origination fees on Grad PLUS loans. Lawmakers also removed graduate eligibility for the Perkins Loan program before its expiration in 2017.
July 16, 2019
A laundry list of 32 higher education interests, student organizations and science societies this week went to bat for graduate and professional students, calling on the chairs and ranking members of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions and the House Committee on Education and Labor to make graduate education a priority in reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.
July 10, 2019
The agency that accredits universities in Alaska is warning legislators that a 41 percent cut in state funding for the University of Alaska could lead to the loss of accreditation. Sonny Ramaswamy, president of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, issued the warning in a letter Sunday to state senators and representatives, and urged them to reconsider the funding cut. The cut, he wrote, poses a significant risk to the quality of education provided to UA students.