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June 25, 2020
International scientists seeking to work in the United States were thrown into limbo June 22 when the Donald J. Trump administration issued a ban on H-1B and other temporary visas. The ban, which will be in effect through at least Dec. 31, applies to thousands of international scientists who want to work in the US. It does not affect people who are already in the country.
June 25, 2020
Graduation rates? Workforce readiness? Competitive pressures? None of these shows up in a recent ranking of the top three major issues faced by university and college executives. Still, in a survey done pre-pandemic among members of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, researchers found that many of the big challenges cited by higher education leaders then are the same ones they're grappling with today, in an era of COVID-19.
June 25, 2020
The most significant problems in higher education have not changed because of the coronavirus pandemic but have been compounded by it, according to a new report, which includes a survey of more than 550 college leaders. A potential decline in government support, and students' well-being, were the top two concerns facing college administrators at the start of the year, finds research by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and two higher ed research and consulting firms.
June 25, 2020
The U.S. Supreme Court ruling last Thursday offered an important victory for those enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which provides temporary deferred status to immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. Some 700,000 participants are enrolled in DACA, providing them status to live, work, and study here without fear of being deported.
June 12, 2020
Two new reports highlight the gaps in employability skills among college graduates. The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities surveyed stakeholders across 31 universities on the importance of certain skills and how prepared students are in those skills, as well as how to better prepare students in those areas, according to the executive summary for the reports.
June 12, 2020
On the heels of #ShutDownSTEM, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities published a new report and guidebook on steps institutions and policy makers can take to broaden faculty diversity efforts in the sciences. The report, "Strengthening Pathways to Faculty Careers in STEM: Recommendations for Systemic Change to Support Underrepresented Groups," notes that just 10 percent of science, technology, engineering and math faculty at four-year institutions are from underrepresented backgrounds.
June 12, 2020
The Association of Public & Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) announced the creation of a Gene Editing Task Force. Recognizing the potential for gene editing to increase food security and safety, the 11-person panel is comprised of scientists and industry leaders who will map out recommendations for regulating this emerging genomic technology in animal agriculture with appropriate safeguards and procedures.
June 5, 2020
US President Donald J. Trump signed an order late last month canceling visas and barring entry for Chinese students, postdocs, and other visiting scientists associated with China’s “military-civil fusion strategy.” The order, which went into effect June 1, is an effort to stop what the Trump administration sees as a Chinese attempt to acquire US technology.
June 5, 2020
A new ‘proclamation’ by President Trump that bars certain Chinese graduate and postgraduate students from studying or doing research in the US has got American university groups and research advocates worried. The decree, which came on 29 May, also calls on the State Department to consider revoking F and J student visas already issued to Chinese nationals currently in the US – if they are deemed to meet particular criterion such as links to China’s military.
June 3, 2020
The U.S. manufacturing industry has lost a staggering 5 million jobs and thousands of manufacturing establishments over the past two decades, according to a report from MForesight. Stalled manufacturing productivity growth and overseas competition are two major drivers of the decline. COVID-19 is likely to make matters worse, but the industry may also experience five years of innovation within the next 18 months as existing and new digital technologies gain traction.