5 Things Universities Can Do to Engage Faculty in Student Success

As the summer draws to a close, you and your colleagues may be contemplating how you will achieve your goals for the upcoming academic year, and it’s likely that improving student retention, graduation, and success is high on your agenda. … Continue reading 5 Things Universities Can Do to Engage Faculty in Student Success

Urban Universities Excel at Improving Student Retention and Degree Completion

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) named four urban-serving institutions as finalists last week for the APLU 2016 Project Degree Completion Award: California State University, Fresno, Cleveland State University, the University of California, Riverside and Wayne State University. The competition identifies institutions that have made significant progress toward improving degree completion on their campuses, and rewards universities that have developed innovative practices for retaining students. Although increasing the number of students who attend college is an important goal, degree completion is just as essential. Without a degree, students cannot reap the long-term benefits of their education such as … Continue reading Urban Universities Excel at Improving Student Retention and Degree Completion

Meet Seven Urban Serving Universities Collaborating for Change

  They are not a club but enjoy a unique membership as part of a higher education cohort collaborating nationwide to transform their institutions from the inside out. They are seven, public, urban research institutions engaged in the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the Coalition of  Urban Serving Universities (USU) initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMFG), Collaborating for Change. The seven institutions embarked on a journey with the Transformational Planning Grant (TPG) project directed by the USU/APLU Office of Urban Initiatives.  They are: California State University, Fresno, Florida International University, Georgia State University, Portland State … Continue reading Meet Seven Urban Serving Universities Collaborating for Change

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

Small Grants Produce Big Results to Push Students Across the College Finish Line

Nearly everyone has had, or will have, an unexpected financial need. The car breaks down.  A child is hurt on the playground.  And as frustrating as the unexpected bill may be, redirecting a few hundred dollars from the budget to cover it won’t cost you your college degree- not unless you’re among the millions of low income students dropped out annually by unmet need. Ironically many of these dropouts are students in good academic standing, only a semester or two from graduating.  They’ve spent years “plugging away, taking the right courses, getting the right grades,” said Tim Renick, Vice Provost and … Continue reading Small Grants Produce Big Results to Push Students Across the College Finish Line

Educators Are Pitch Perfect in $165,000 Advising Innovation Competition

Maybe you missed it at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.  A  competition developed by APLU and the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU) that had academic leaders pitching student success innovations to win $165,000, that day. The payoff?  Making their idea a campus reality to energize student success efforts to move thousands of students across the finish line to degree completion. Now you can see it here as well as a panel discussion with leaders from the philanthropies that funded the pitch competition.  The panelists discuss key elements of student success and the higher education … Continue reading Educators Are Pitch Perfect in $165,000 Advising Innovation Competition

Global Macrotrends Shaping Higher Education: The Economist Higher Education Forum

      Change in higher education is the new normal. While we have spent a lot of time on this blog discussion innovations within the academy, we also need to understand the macrotrends driving the nature of that change. That’s why USU sponsored the Economist Events Second Annual Higher Education Forum with puts these very trends under the microscope. For our members, there are discounted rates if you register by this Friday, October 9, using promotion code CUSU145 to save $145.  Read on and see what you’ll learn. will take place on October 22nd 2015 at The Apella in … Continue reading Global Macrotrends Shaping Higher Education: The Economist Higher Education Forum

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

Building Deep University-City Collaboration: Wayne State’s Warrior STEAM Saturdays

At the USU Summer meeting at Cleveland State University, our theme was deep collaboration between campus and community. As part of the event, we had a for-fun pitch session whereby three university representatives had five minutes to pitch to a panel of community judges. The winning collaborative was Wayne State University’s College of Engineering Warrior STEAM Saturdays. Pitched by Jasmine Roberson, Director, Community Engagement, College of Engineering, Wayne State University, the project offers hands on science technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) activities on six Saturdays throughout the year to Detroit K-12 students. The purpose is to motivate students to … Continue reading Building Deep University-City Collaboration: Wayne State’s Warrior STEAM Saturdays