March 27, 2020
The U.S. Senate passed a $2.2 trillion stimulus package late Wednesday meant to blunt the economic fallout from the coronavirus, but higher education leaders say the roughly $14 billion it gives the sector falls far short of what is needed to support institutions. Of the money earmarked for higher ed, more than $1 billion is reserved for historically black colleges and other minority-serving institutions, many of which enroll a significant number of low-income students.
March 26, 2020
Advocates who have been pushing for student loan debt to be canceled were disappointed that, even with a $2.2 trillion price tag, the stimulus package approved by the U.S. Senate late Wednesday night doesn’t do more. The president of the umbrella association representing colleges and universities also expressed disappointment, saying the amount of aid for higher education institutions in the bill is “woefully inadequate.”
February 26, 2020
The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) and Association for Institutional Research (AIR) have selected Oakland University as one of 12 universities to take part in a nationwide initiative to further student success goals by increasing data literacy on campus. Facilitated through the APLU’s Powered by Publics initiative, OU and other universities will have 20 staff and faculty members trained by the AIR’s Data Literacy Institute on how to read and analyze data.
February 11, 2020
President Donald Trump’s proposed budget, released Monday, received praise and condemnation from those involved in higher education. The plan could particularly impact Georgia’s 22 technical colleges and its nine accredited historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).
February 7, 2020
The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and Association for Institutional Research (AIR) are teaming up for a pilot that will provide data literacy training to APLU member campuses. The Data Literacy Institute, funded by a $670,000 grant from Ascendium Education Group, will offer coursework developed by AIR on the use of data to boost student success.
February 7, 2020
Oakland University has been selected to participate in a Data Literacy Institute project aimed at increasing the use of data to boost student success, including the number of graduates. "Data collection and analysis are key components of all student success initiatives," said Dr. Anne Hitt, associate provost and associate professor of biological sciences at OU. "We can use data to determine which student success tactics or programs are the most cost-effective in helping different student populations graduate on-time in their chosen major with minimal debt."
January 13, 2020
During the recession last decade, the University of Rhode Island (URI) lost $26 million in state support over a three-year period. That loss represented about a third of its state appropriation, posing a major threat to URI’s future. But the university used its budget crisis as a spur to revamp undergraduate education and focus on increasing student progress and graduation rates.
January 8, 2020
It’s not hard to find folks in higher education talking about the challenges of getting more rural students to and through college. It’s the solutions that are more elusive. Yet after I wrote about this issue in a newsletter last fall, readers helped to connect me to several ideas worth highlighting. Most notable: Some colleges are beginning to consider their rural students as a separate demographic group and are consciously devising services, such as internships and orientations, especially designed for them. Likewise, I heard about some cool examples in response to my specific question about strategies for improving broadband access, which is one of the biggest and most-obvious barriers right now.
January 2, 2020
The University of Arkansas, Fayetteville is among 20 public research institutions to recently join a National Science Foundation-funded effort to increase diversity among faculty members in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. UA has similar numbers of women and minority engineering faculty members compared with other large public universities in the region, according to data compiled by the American Society for Engineering Education.
December 16, 2019
When the University of Rhode Island hit a first-year retention record this year, Dean Libutti, a vice provost, drove to Allie’s Donuts, a North Kingstown institution, and ordered a doughnut cake in the shape of an 86. Technically, the retention rate was 85.9, but that would require an extra doughnut digit and decimal, and URI is a frugal place, still recovering from the severe budget cuts it sustained during the Great Recession.