Web-Based Toolkit Helps Universities Advance Community Health Equity

More than 60 million Americans live in areas without enough health care providers to meet demand – primarily in minority and low-income communities, where residents are less likely to be insured and suffer disproportionately from chronic disease. The lack of … Continue reading Web-Based Toolkit Helps Universities Advance Community Health Equity

Redesigning Advising? Online Course Provides Opportunity to Learn from Leading Colleges and Universities

This blog was originally published on the EDUCAUSE Review, Transforming Higher Ed blog on April 28, 2017 Last year, as program manager for the Personalized Learning Consortium of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), and with a video … Continue reading Redesigning Advising? Online Course Provides Opportunity to Learn from Leading Colleges and Universities

Social Justice and Student Success at Georgia State University

Georgia State University (GSU) has demonstrated that students from all backgrounds can succeed. Situated in downtown Atlanta, GSU graduates more low-income, Latino and Asian American students than any university in Georgia and more African American students than any university in the country. Continue reading Social Justice and Student Success at Georgia State University

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