Collaborating for Change: Flexible Degrees at Portland State University

This blog entry features Portland State University’s Collaborating for Change project efforts. PSU is one of three USU institutions participating in what is known as the Frontier Set, a group of colleges, universities, state higher education systems and partner organizations … Continue reading Collaborating for Change: Flexible Degrees at Portland State University

Bridge to the Future: CSUN Puts College on the Agenda for Canoga Park High School Students

In Canoga Park, a community in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley, many students at Canoga Park High School aren’t planning to attend for college. Most are low-income, many are first-generation immigrants, and some come from families whose members have less … Continue reading Bridge to the Future: CSUN Puts College on the Agenda for Canoga Park High School Students

A Boot Camp for Innovation in Bioscience: LABioStart

Entrepreneurs play a critical role in our economy. The innovations they develop have a cascading effect on job creation, standards of living, and growth in related industries. Teaching talented individuals to become entrepreneurs themselves and supporting them as they launch … Continue reading A Boot Camp for Innovation in Bioscience: LABioStart

Accessible, Affordable, Attainable: Reinventing Curriculum Delivery in Health Care Education

Adult college students who have made significant progress in their careers don’t have time to go back and start all over from the beginning. Although they may lack formal credentials, in many cases they have much of the knowledge and … Continue reading Accessible, Affordable, Attainable: Reinventing Curriculum Delivery in Health Care Education

VCU Launches New University-Community Partnership: the MLK Jr Collaborative Intervention Project

Like many urban-serving institutions, Virginia Commonwealth University is located in a high-needs community where K-12 students struggle just to learn and prepare for their futures. At Richmond’s Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School, for example, the majority of students come … Continue reading VCU Launches New University-Community Partnership: the MLK Jr Collaborative Intervention Project

Small Changes, Big Results: How “Re-imagining the First Year” Is Changing the Way We View Student Success

The undergraduate students of the 21st century in America will include significantly greater numbers of low income, first generation and students of color.  Many of these students will not be as well prepared for college as some previous students.  Yet it’s not simply how many students are college-ready.  In the rapidly-changing circumstances and demographics of this new century, a companion question will be:  How many institutions are student-ready?  How institutions react to this new generation of students, particularly low income, first generation, and students of color, will not only determine how many of these students succeed; it will determine how … Continue reading Small Changes, Big Results: How “Re-imagining the First Year” Is Changing the Way We View Student Success

Leaders and entrepreneurs gather to tackle urban challenges at CEOs for Cities National Meeting

As a university leader, how can you be sure that students are getting the skills they need to keep up with the rapidly-changing job market? What role should universities play in reducing inequality in the community? How can universities collaborate … Continue reading Leaders and entrepreneurs gather to tackle urban challenges at CEOs for Cities National Meeting

Urban Serving Universities Collaborate to Transform Higher Education, Strengthen Cities

In 2014 a cohort of seven public urban research institutions embarked on a bold journey of transformation with the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU) in the Transformational Planning Grant (TPG) project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMFG). Their goal, reinvention; spark institution-wide reflection and engagement, planning and redesign, that disrupts inefficiencies related to access, diversity, student costs, retention and degree completion and replace them with evidence-based, promising practices that maximize student success and can be scaled and replicated by other institutions. The outgrowth of this multi-year collaboration … Continue reading Urban Serving Universities Collaborate to Transform Higher Education, Strengthen Cities

Will this degree get me a job? Cleveland State’s Career Pathways Orientation

“Will this degree get me a job?” To help students, their families, faculty and employers see the connection between academic pursuits and career aspirations, and to motivate students to complete their degrees, Cleveland State University (CSU) introduced its Career Pathways Orientation to translate between majors and occupations more effectively. Rather than focusing on specific majors as the essential paths to get to specific jobs, career pathways – or Career Lines, as CSU calls them – identify broad but definable categories of career clusters. Each category connects to a diverse set of academic majors and leads to an array of existing … Continue reading Will this degree get me a job? Cleveland State’s Career Pathways Orientation