Wednesday, July 31, 2013



The following open letter was sent today from 165 university presidents and chancellors.  Additional university leaders are lending their support for this critical effort at 

Dear President Obama & Members of the 113th Congress:

Our nation’s role as the world’s innovation leader is in serious jeopardy.  The combination of eroding federal investments in research and higher education, additional cuts due to sequestration, and the enormous resources other nations are pouring into these areas is creating a new kind of deficit for the United States: an innovation deficit.  Closing this innovation deficit—the widening gap between needed and actual investments—must be a national imperative.  

Ignoring the innovation deficit will have serious consequences: a less prepared, less highly skilled U.S. workforce, fewer U.S.-based scientific and technological breakthroughs, fewer U.S.-based patents, and fewer U.S. start-ups, products, and jobs.  These impacts may not be immediately obvious because the education and research that lead to advances do not happen overnight.  But the consequences are inevitable if we do not reverse course.

The path for resolving appropriations, the debt limit, and a potential long-term budget agreement this fall is unclear.  What should be clear is that the answer to our nation’s fiscal woes must include sustained strategic federal investments in research and student financial aid to close the innovation deficit and bolster our nation’s economic and national security for decades to come.

Read the rest of the letter here...

Inside APLU: Public Universities' International Focus

A discussion with Tag Demment, APLU's head of International Programs about the efforts his department is undertaking to advance key partnerships between U.S. public universities and other nations, particularly in Africa.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

APLU's Kacy Redd Talks STEM on The Hill

By Cristian Cardenas, APLU Summer Intern

The need to improve undergraduate education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is not a new issue, but in recent years it has increasingly become an important national priority said panelists during a briefing on the Landscape of Undergraduate STEM Education Reform: A Snapshot of Current National Initiatives before the U.S. House of Representatives' STEM Education Caucus last week.

The Association of American Universities (AAU), Business Higher Education Forum (BHEF), the Research Corporation and APLU co-sponsored the event that offered perspectives on STEM education programs from higher education advocacy groups, industry, and education. 

Kacy Redd represented the STEM efforts being taken at the APLU. Drawing from her own past difficulties in entering the realm of STEM education, she is inspired to see that kids from Mississippi to Maine can receive exposure to science education. APLU plans to achieve long term results through their Science and Mathematics Teacher Imperative (SMTI) which plays on the fact that APLU institutions currently prepare 40% of STEM majors in the U.S. and almost 30% of the STEM teachers. STEM education and teacher preparation is seen as an undergraduate issue, which if taken seriously, can result in strengthening the national pipeline of students from K-12 to undergraduate STEM research and education.

The second APLU program, the Mathematics Teacher Education Partnership (MTEP), was created so that teachers can be prepared to the new Common Core State Standards for mathematics. It is also the goal of APLU to be able to prepare science teachers in a similar manner to prepare them to teach to the NextGen Science Standards.

The event opened with Congressman Daniel Lipinski (D-IL), speaking from his engineering background, making the point that it is hard to teach STEM and that we need all hands on deck to stay in the lead for global innovation.  

APLU Morning News Scan: July 30, 2013


Top Headlines in Higher Education

Thursday, July 25, 2013

APLU President McPherson Responds to President Obama’s Comments on College Cost

Video of President Obama's speech at Knox College
Following President Obama’s speech at Knox College yesterday in which he talked about containing college costs, APLU President Peter McPherson spoke with Inside Higher Ed and gave his reaction.

Read the full story here.

APLU Morning News Scan: July 25, 2013

 Top Headlines in Higher Education

Inside Higher Ed:  'Shake Up' for Higher Ed **
Something Old, Something New in Obama’s Education Plan**
Inside Higher Ed:  GOP Drives Passage of Loan Bill**
KPBS (San Diego):  Summer Vacations On Campus One Way UCSD Reaching Out To Alums**
The Chronicle of Higher Education:  Who Is Driving the Online Locomotive?**
The Chronicle of Higher Education:  Senate Approves Deal on Student-Loan Interest Rates, Ending Standoff
Boston Globe/Associated Press:  Student Loan Deal Faces an Easy Path In House
The Huffington Post:  'Fix UC' President Thrilled To See Delayed-Tuition Plan Catch on Elsewhere
San Francisco Gate/Associated Press:  Obama Highlights College Program in Missouri
Obama Promises 'Aggressive Strategy' For Higher Education (Audio)
WGBH:  Cutbacks on University Research Funding Could Hamper Innovation
Diverse:  Report: Steady College Enrollment Growth for Underrepresented Minorities, College Completion Rates Increasing More Slowly
Diverse:  ETS Explores the Link Between Poverty and Education
Inside Higher Ed:  Different Kind of Ranking?
Is Your College Going Broke?
In These Times:  Is Higher Ed the Next Target of Corporate ‘Reformers’?
Southeast Ag Net: 
History of Land Grant Universities (Audio)

** APLU recognized in article