Navigating Uncertainty: The Urgency of Continuous Improvement

The fourth session in the USU Summer meeting series explored how applying a continuous improvement frame to student success efforts, particularly within the context of institutions’ responses to COVID-19, could serve as a model for sustaining and scaling positive change … Continue reading Navigating Uncertainty: The Urgency of Continuous Improvement

Innovating for Equitable Outcomes: Applying Human-Centered Design to Address the Needs of Urban University Stakeholders

Human Centered Design is an approach that focuses on creating solutions to identified issues by focusing on and designing with the end user in mind. Used successfully in corporate settings for decades, universities are now adopting human-centered design principles to … Continue reading Innovating for Equitable Outcomes: Applying Human-Centered Design to Address the Needs of Urban University Stakeholders

Leveraging Students’ Community Cultural Wealth: Moving from Deficit to Asset-Based Approaches to Student Success

The COVID-19 pandemic and the recent protests against racism are inflection points for higher education. As students continue to face the barriers and challenges of remote/online learning, this has thrust universities to think of alternative ways to support students through … Continue reading Leveraging Students’ Community Cultural Wealth: Moving from Deficit to Asset-Based Approaches to Student Success

Designing for Equitable Futures: Respond, Reset, Reinvent

What have urban serving universities learned from the COVID-19 crisis that can inform strategic planning for the future? What inequities have been brought to light? What assumptions need to be questioned and what opportunities exist for structural change moving forward? … Continue reading Designing for Equitable Futures: Respond, Reset, Reinvent

Academic Advising, Career Services and Social Distancing in a Global Pandemic

  The global COVID-19 pandemic has shifted higher education through uncharted waters in 2020, and many colleges and universities are working diligently to advise students through such a time. Social distancing has changed the way people interact physically, and higher … Continue reading Academic Advising, Career Services and Social Distancing in a Global Pandemic

Navigating to the Future: A University Roadmap to Deliver 21st Century Skills

Accelerating technological advances, population changes across many dimensions, greater economic, social and climate volatility and the changing nature of the workplace are but some of the pressures on universities to transform to meet the needs of a digital world. In … Continue reading Navigating to the Future: A University Roadmap to Deliver 21st Century Skills

Redefining Student Success: APLU Launches Collaborative Initiative Focused on College Completion

APLU has launched the Center for Public University Transformation (CPUT) to address the challenges for college completion. The main work of the Center will be the APLU Transformation Cluster Initiative, which aims to catalyze transformational change across the higher education sector. Continue reading Redefining Student Success: APLU Launches Collaborative Initiative Focused on College Completion

Cal State LA Implementing Fast-Track Math Teacher Preparation Program

  The state of California has awarded California State University, Los Angeles a nearly $250,000 grant to create a fast track for students studying to become math teachers. The grant from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) will be … Continue reading Cal State LA Implementing Fast-Track Math Teacher Preparation Program

UCF President Hitt: How We’re Using Digital Learning to Increase Access and Improve Outcomes

This blog was originally published on The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities blog on October 10, 2017 With all of the benefits higher education offers individuals and society, why do so many universities pride themselves on whom they keep out? … Continue reading UCF President Hitt: How We’re Using Digital Learning to Increase Access and Improve Outcomes