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March 4, 2019
President Trump vowed Saturday to "soon" issue an executive order that would deny federal research funds to colleges and universities that do not support free speech. "If they want our dollars and we give them by the billions, they’ve got to allow people to speak," said Trump in a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
February 25, 2019
Colleges have been focused for more than a decade on accelerating the completion movement to increase graduation rates and improve student outcomes. Community colleges especially have worked on improving career opportunities for their students, reforming remedial education, encouraging students to attend full-time and offering tuition-free programs.
February 25, 2019
A root cause of college dropouts is the high failure rate in foundational courses, prompting a new initiative, announced Wednesday, aimed at creating a national network for education groups to collaborate on adaptive learning solutions.
February 22, 2019
While emerging technologies are creating wide open and lucrative careers for STEM graduates, a growing concern among those hiring is landing a diverse and inclusive workforce. According to the website for Benetech, a nonprofit tech company, the U.S. Department of Labor estimates 1.1 million computing-related job openings in the U.S. by 2024. But more than two-thirds of those jobs could go unfilled due to an insufficient pool of candidates.
February 5, 2019
The longest government shutdown in US history might be over, at least for now, but agencies like the National Science Foundation (NSF) are scrambling to catch up from the 35-day closure, and research universities are speaking out about the damage caused. Before Christmas, the partial shutdown went into effect because of a standoff between Congress and President Trump over his demands for $5 billion (£3.8 billion) to build a wall along the US’s southern border with Mexico.
January 30, 2019
The longest-ever federal shutdown may be over, putting a stop to financial bleeding for many research universities covering the costs of ongoing research, but colleges across the country aren't declaring victory. The deal reached between congressional Democrats and the White House last week means at least a three-week reprieve from the shutdown.
January 30, 2019
The longest-ever federal government shutdown is huge concern to universities that get funding from the National Science Foundation, the U.S Department of Agriculture and NASA. After Congress passed a continuing resolution to reopen these agencies and others on Jan. 25, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities expressed its disappointment that all federal government agencies still do not have funding for the full 2019 fiscal year.
January 28, 2019
Science and higher education groups praised the agreement between Congress and President Trump to end the government shutdown, but cautioned that any resumption of a shutdown would be damaging. A statement from Peter McPherson, president of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, noted that the deal only covers the next three weeks, leaving key agencies for higher education -- such as the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities -- vulnerable.
January 28, 2019
The longest U.S. government shutdown in history may soon be over, at least temporarily. But researchers shouldn’t expect their favorite federal research agency to be back to normal anytime soon. “Scientists will need to be patient,” warns Sarah Nusser, vice president for research at Iowa State University in Ames. “You’re not going to get all your questions answered immediately.”
January 22, 2019
Penn State has joined 129 other public universities in a five-year Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) access and affordability initiative. Over the next five years, Penn State and its cluster of other Big Ten Academic Alliance Schools, including Indiana and Rutgers, will be studied to examine access and affordability measures that can be changed to make getting a college degree more affordable and obtainable.