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.
July 9, 2019
The clock began ticking on Monday for educators and students hoping to avert a potentially devastating financial blow to the University of Alaska system. Higher tuition, fewer students, crushing layoffs and program closures all loomed as frightening possibilities on Day 1 of the state’s special legislative session. The fiscal year had already begun, on July 1, and in a few months, a new crop of students would be arriving at the state’s far-flung campuses.
July 8, 2019
A national group representing 239 public research universities, land-grant institutions, state university systems, and affiliated organizations, is urging a veto override of Gov. Mike Dunleavy's cuts to the University of Alaska. Association of Public and Land-grant Universities President Peter McPherson on Wednesday sent the following letter to Alaska Senate President Cathy Giessel, Alaska Speaker of the House Bryce Edgmon, and all the members of the 31st Alaska State Legislature urging them to override the line-item veto that would see millions in cuts to the University of Alaska.
July 8, 2019
A chaotic budget fight in Alaska sparked by a new governor’s efforts to increase the annual oil royalty payments sent to residents may result in steep cuts—including layoffs and unpaid leave—at the state university system. Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy last week vetoed about $444 million worth of line items in an $8.3 billion state budget that went into effect Monday.
May 16, 2019
Will NASA’s plan to land astronauts on the moon by 2024 fly with Congress? The Artemis program’s implications are still sinking in on Capitol Hill, but there’s already a political problem having to do with where the money’s supposed to come from. Trump administration officials confirmed that the $1.6 billion being sought as a “down payment” for accelerating the push to the moon would be taken from a roughly $8 billion reserve account for the popular Pell Grant program, which funds education for millions of low-income students annually.
May 16, 2019
The Trump administration proposed cutting the Pell Grant surplus to fund new spending at agencies including NASA in a budget amendment this week. The White House fiscal year 2020 budget proposal released in March included a $2 billion cut to the Pell surplus. The budget amendment calls for redirecting another $1.9 billion in Pell funds. The Associated Press first reported the proposal. The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, the Institute for College Access and Success, and the Education Trust issued statements opposing the proposed cut to the Pell surplus.