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February 7, 2017
Since the Sustainable Development Goals were adopted, higher education professionals have worked across departments and reached across borders to advance the agenda, with universities offering the kind of interdisciplinary expertise needed to solve such complex problems as eradicating poverty in all its forms by 2030. But researchers who rely on the U.S. government for funding say they may now be in the difficult position of having to defend their work and demonstrate their value to an “America first” administration.
February 1, 2017
In response to President Trump’s sweeping executive order on immigration, nearly 50 higher education organizations united Tuesday to urge the secretary of homeland security to ensure that the United States remains an ambition for the brightest students and scholars from around the world. On Friday, Trump signed the order, which began a temporary ban on allowing people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the United States, and suspended admission of refugees for 120 days.
February 1, 2017
“International scholars and students are very important for higher education,” APLU President Peter McPherson said. “Our institutions and our whole country are a very vibrant place in part because we have these very excellent people from around the world.”
January 30, 2017
Peter McPherson, president of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, said in an interview Saturday that while the association is hearing stories from member schools about individuals affected by the order, it doesn’t know how many people are unable to return to campuses.
January 30, 2017
A federal judge blocked part of President Trump’s executive order on immigration on Saturday evening, ordering that refugees and others trapped at airports across the United States should not be sent back to their home countries. But the judge stopped short of letting them into the country or issuing a broader ruling on the constitutionality of Mr. Trump’s actions. Lawyers who sued the government to block the White House order said the decision, which came after an emergency hearing in a New York City courtroom, could affect an estimated 100 to 200 people who were detained upon arrival at American airports in the wake of the order that Mr. Trump signed on Friday afternoon, a week into his presidency.
January 30, 2017
An executive order signed by President Trump late Friday afternoon immediately barring immigrants and nonimmigrant visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. has had immediate effects on scholars and students. More than 17,000 students in the U.S. come from the seven countries affected by the immediate 90-day entry ban: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
January 30, 2017
President Trump's executive order Friday that bars all refugees from entering the United States, as well as citizens from seven majority-Muslim countries, prompted colleges to frantically start trying to determine what it meant for them.
January 30, 2017
Peter McPherson, director of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, said Trump’s executive order is causing “significant disruption and hardship” to students and scholars at universities like Kansas State.
July 25, 2016
University of South Florida president Judy Genshaft received a national award this week recognizing the university's heightened focus on international studies. Genshaft received the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities 2016 Malone International Leadership Award on Monday for spearheading efforts to grow the USF System's involvement with international initiatives throughout her 16-year tenure as president.
May 16, 2016
Three agricultural experts from Purdue University have been appointed to a newly created Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities commission to help ensure universal food security by 2050. The commission, called The Challenge of Change: Engaging Public Universities to Feed the World, includes Gebisa Ejeta, distinguished professor of agronomy and the 2009 World Food Prize laureate; Jay Akridge, Glenn W. Sample Dean of Purdue Agriculture; and Vic Lechtenberg, special assistant to the Purdue president and dean emeritus of the College of Agriculture.