January 21, 2021
When we tell our friends and relatives that we study the role of universities in economic development, we typically encounter furrowed brows. The idea that universities do anything other than teaching and research seems unfathomable, except perhaps during football season.
January 21, 2021
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the focus of significant discussion was the incongruity between reports that simultaneously stated that recent graduates were unable to find jobs and that employers could not find people with the skills they needed even for entry-level jobs requiring a bachelor’s degree.
December 10, 2020
A new report describes a framework for embedding industry certifications into bachelor's degree programs, an approach that could increase the job-market value of some degrees. The report is based on a project led by Workcred, a nonprofit organization, in partnership with the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU), and the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA).
November 13, 2020
A University of Utah program that helps facilitate connections with underserved west side communities recently won a $20,000 prize for its outreach efforts. University Neighborhood Partners won the C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Scholarship Award presented by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities as announced during the association's annual meeting on Wednesday.
November 13, 2020
APLU’s IEP Universities designation program recognizes institutions committed to university economic development and helps higher education institutions advance their support of economic and community development. “UTEP has long identified as a community-engaged institution,” said John Wiebe, Ph.D., provost and vice president for academic affairs. “This designation recognizes our commitment not only to the educational, cultural and social prosperity of the region, but it speaks to the hard work of our faculty, staff and students to build UTEP’s role as an economic anchor for the community.”
July 1, 2020
Students, educational providers, and employers are all seeking innovative strategies to ensure their futures in this era of uncertainty. As the higher education sector begins planning for the fall semester and beyond, creating new stackable credential pathways are seen as one such innovation.
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 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.
May 27, 2020
There’s a growing interest in embedding industry-recognized certifications into college and university degree programs. Workcred is working on a Lumina-supported project with the goal of improving students’ transition from college to the labor market.
February 26, 2020
American factories are about twice as efficient today as they were three decades ago. Cutting-edge “Industry 4.0 technologies” such as artificial intelligence, advanced robotics, data analytics, and the Internet of Things have bolstered productivity. They’ve also automated many low-skill factory jobs and created new, high-skill jobs requiring workers with more advanced levels of education.