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APLU In The News

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.
January 30, 2020
The night before Sadie Billings took her ACT exam, her stomach was in knots. She was so anxious she couldn’t sleep. She had been in the same position five times before. And although she had maintained a 4.0 high school grade point average, Billings — even after six tries — was never able to score above a 21, the cutoff for admission to the University of Missouri-Kansas City, her preferred school.
January 23, 2020
Pressured by her family to pursue medical school, Diana Choi found herself managing a Chipotle fast-food restaurant after sticking with her course at the University of California for less than a semester: “I don’t think I really wanted to go in the first place,” she admits. But now the twentysomething is better off than most people her age, with a full-time job at the software development company Techtonic – which, for no charge, gave her better training than her friends claim to have obtained in college.
December 4, 2019
At community colleges, the idea of students earning industry and professional certifications as they pursue their education is often standard operating procedure. At four-year colleges, not so much. This is true even though recent research suggests that liberal-arts graduates can improve their job prospects considerably if they graduate with even one or two industry-specific skills along with their degree.
November 18, 2019
Public universities are serving their students, communities, and society at large in a variety of ways. They provide access to college and work to ensure every student who enrolls in college leaves with a life-changing degree in hand. They undertake public-impact research. They drive economic development through innovation and collaboration with the private sector. They work with communities across the globe to solve pressing societal challenges. And they instill a sense of civic responsibility in their students.
November 18, 2019
Purdue University has been recognized for its economic engagement. During its annual meeting in San Diego, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities named Purdue a 2019 Innovation and Economic Prosperity Place award winner.