Friday, August 23, 2013

Fink: Agricultural and Natural Sciences Should Be Included as STEM in Immigration Bill

Wendy Fink
APLU's Associate Director for Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Wendy Fink pens op-ed on  Why STEM in the Immigration Bill Should Matter to Agriculture.

In the article published on Farm Journal, Fink says immigration reform is one of the few federal legislative areas where there's hope for bipartisan compromise but key improvements are needed to include agriculture, food and natural sciences as STEM in the Senate and House versions of the bills.  
The Senate Gang of Eight bill and efforts in the House could lead to the immigration reform our nation desperately needs, and APLU supports these efforts. While we continue to work with the Hill in advancing immigration reform, we will also continue to make the case for the inclusion of agricultural and natural resources sciences as part of STEM. We encourage you to reach out to members of Congress and ask for an adjustment to the language to fix this issue. 

Read the full article here!

APLU Morning News Scan: August 23, 2013

The Wall Street Journal:
Obama Wants College Aid Tied to Rating System **
Boston Globe: Obama Targets High Cost of College **
Bloomberg: College Leaders Wary of Obama Plan Linking College Aid to Rank**
The Washington Post: Obama Proposes College-Rating System That Could Increase Affordability**
Christian Science Monitor: Obama to Rank Colleges. So Can You, With No Wait. Here's Where to Look. **
The Chronicle of Higher Education: 4 Key Ideas in Obama's Plan to Control College Costs Bear Familiar Fingerprints **
The Milwaukee Sentinel: Obama Unveils College Aid System, Touts UW's Flexible Option
Farm Journal: Why STEM in the Immigration Bill Should Matter to Agriculture **
Journal and Courier: Mitch Daniels Offers to Sign onto Innovation Deficit Effort **
Columbus Dispatch: Colleges Relieved As Enrollment Levels Off
San Diego Union Tribune: Should Foreign Students Pay The Same For College As U.S. Students?
USA Today: Community Colleges Graduate to 4-Year Programs

**APLU mentioned in article.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

McPherson Talks to Wall Street Journal about Tuition and Future of Higher Ed

In this Wall Street Journal video, APLU President Peter McPherson talks with Dan Wessell of Seib & Wessell about the rising costs of attending college and how new technology is shaping the future of higher education. McPherson says public universities have about 23 percent more students on campus today than it had 10 years ago but during this time states have generally slashed their higher education appropriation budgets. This has led to the tuition increases we see today. Looking into the future, he says we will continue to have residential campuses along with distance education but technology will be key in helping colleges cut cost while increasing learning outcomes. See the full interview below. 


APLU Morning News Scan: August 22, 2013


The Wall Street Journal: VIDEO: Seib & Wessel: Is a College Degree Still Affordable? **
Inside Higher Ed: Obama's Ratings for Higher Ed
The Boston Globe: Obama to Propose New System For Rating Colleges
The Denver Post: Student Loan Default Rates Soar In Colorado
The Huffington Post: Bankruptcy Should Be An Option For Some Student Loans: Report
The Chronicle of Higher Education: Oregon's 'Pay It Forward' Plan on Student Loans Could Become 'Pay It Yourself'
Inside Higher Ed: State Funding Upturn
Inside Higher Ed: Beyond Enrollment: Study Argues for Need-Based Aid
The Plain Dealer (OH): Students in Ohio's Four-year Public Universities Who Attended A Community College Could Qualify For An Associate Degree
The Oregonian: Teacher Preparation On The Upswing In Oregon, but Still Needs Faster, Broader Improvement, Audit Says
Minneapolis Star Tribune: EDITORIAL: Measuring Success at Minnesota Colleges, Universities

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Registration Now Open for U.S. Manufacturing Initiatives Update on Sept. 24

APLU, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and others will present a Federal Agency Update on Manufacturing Initiatives Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 10:00 a.m. to Noon at APLU headquarters.   The event, which will also be available via live video stream, will feature manufacturing research program leaders from Department of Defense, National Science Foundation, National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Department of Energy as well as participation from the higher education community.

RSVP for the event now by clicking here!
View the draft agenda here!

APLU Morning News Scan: August 21, 2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education:
Report Calls for Bankruptcy Protection for the Most Vulnerable Borrowers
The Chronicle of Higher Education: Obama Vows Action on College Costs, but Observers Say His Options Are Few
NPR: Obama's College-Cost Tour Is A Chance To Get Past Climbing Walls
Indianapolis Star: Students Get Financial Aid At Highest Rate Since WWII
The Star Tribune: Minnesota's 'Dream Act' Law Makes College Possible for Immigrant Students
Concord Monitor (NH): N.H. Bill Would Let Some Illegal Immigrants Get In-State Tuition At Public Colleges, Universities
Open Source: City of Boston Teams Up with edX to Create BostonX
Asbury Park Press (NJ): NJ Lawmakers Discuss Studying Tuition-free Higher Education System
Diverse: Texas Schools Join Forces in Bid to Help Minority Males
The Washington Post: ACT Reports That Only A Quarter of High School Graduates Are Ready For All College Subjects
KRWG-TV/FM (NM): UTEP Provost Named To Federal Advisory Council**
The Baltimore Sun: OPINION: Unequal Outcomes
Education News:
BLOG: UT Austin President Outlines Principles for Online Education