July 8, 2019
Two years ago in this space, I used a marriage metaphor to describe the interactions between campuses and their communities. I emphasized the development of harmonious town-gown relationships characterized by high levels of both effort and comfort. I urged community leaders to become more active suitors in order to jump-start partnerships that would generate a strong return on investment for all parties.
June 7, 2019
Don’t expect to see a draft anytime soon of the Higher Education Act rewrite that Sens. Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray have been negotiating for the last three months. The chairman and ranking member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, still have their teams huddling, according to committee staff, but while progress is being made and optimism abounds, a number of outstanding issues remain to get through.
March 7, 2019
As my time serving as the University of Vermont's 26th president begins drawing to a close, I am reflecting on the priorities that have guided this remarkable university and informed our strategic decisions across campus. In October 2012, at my installation, I challenged the UVM community to raise our expectations and aspirations so that, together, we would create an academic environment of the highest quality — for our students, for our faculty and staff, for the future of Vermont, and beyond.
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.
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.
January 8, 2019
Knowledge Is Power Program charter schools have built a national reputation for sending disadvantaged students to college, but that success didn't always translate into students actually graduating from college. Money shortages and gaps in financial aid, even relatively small ones, often got in the way and forced students to either temporarily take time off from college or to drop out entirely.
January 4, 2019
The University of Texas at San Antonio has joined 129 other public universities in a new five-year effort to improve college access for low-income, first generation, and minority students. The initiative of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) brings together 130 higher-education institutions, divided into 16 study groups to look into how to improve student success. Together, the schools enroll more than 3 million undergraduate students.
January 2, 2019
West Virginia State University (WVSU) has joined the national effort created by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) called Powered by Publics: Scaling Student Success, where 130 public higher education institutions will collaborate to expand college access, award more degrees to students and decrease the achievement gap by 2025.
January 2, 2019
Financial aid has traditionally focused on helping lower-income students gain access to higher education, paving paths to college for millions of poor students. Recently, an increasing number of colleges are targeting a portion of their aid to help financially struggling undergraduates cross the finish line to graduation.