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From the Executive Director
On Wednesday, March 8, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Eastern Time, the USU/APLU and the AAC&U will hold a webinar on tracking student access to high-impact practices in STEM. We know that certain “High-Impact Practices,” such as internships, undergraduate research, capstone courses, and learning communities, help undergraduate students persist and succeed. These practices have a disproportionately positive impact on students from underrepresented backgrounds. This webinar will briefly summarize the evidence for High-Impact Practices and share innovative efforts from California State University, Northridge and the University of South Carolina to track and analyze underrepresented student participation in High-Impact Practices in STEM. The webinar will close with action items to study these practices further for STEM students and convene a learning collaborative to develop better data collection systems. Click here to register.

And remember to save the date for the USU Summer Meeting on July 20 - 21, 2017. This year we will be in Atlanta, GA co-hosted by Georgia State University. More details will be coming soon. We look forward to seeing you there for the exciting new agenda!

Hiring Diverse Faculty: Promising Practices
Watch the most recent webinar: Hiring Diverse Faculty: Promising Practices

USU in the News
In a reply to the New York Times article "America’s Great Working-Class Colleges" , Dr. Garmise offered her perspective on how low-income students can be helped to finish college in "College Success, for All"

Cleveland State University and the Ohio State University along with other Ohio colleges vow to protect students, scholars affected by recent immigration order.

USU, APLU and Temple University have announced a new effort to help universities improve & grow small-dollar completion grants aimed at turning would-be dropouts into college graduates. The program has also been highlighted in a Washington Post article. 

The University of Cincinnati launched a smartphone app specifically designed to help students from two-year colleges navigate the transition process to obtain a four-year degree. 

Georgia State University reviews its success with predictive analytics to catch students in danger of dropping out.

Dr. Neville G. Pinto was recently appointed the 30th President of the University of Cincinnati.

CSU, Fullerton recently received the 2017 Promising Practices Award given by the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education for its Student Success Teams.

USU Contacts
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A full list of USU Contacts, including presidents/chancellors, main contacts, and strands. 


USU Blog Opportunities
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We encourage you to share your innovations, case studies, reports, guest posts, videos, interviews, infographics, and more.
Funding Opportunities Suggested by UUHEALTH
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Funding opportunities from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Engagement Awards program, and more. 
Affording Degree Completion: A Study of Completion Grants at Accessible Public Universities
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This project will refine and evaluate “completion grants,” a form of financial aid that some postsecondary institutions provide to students who are close to completing their degrees yet at risk of departure from college due to insufficient funding to cover their tuition and student fees. 

latest from the blog:

Accessible, Affordable, Attainable: Reinventing Curriculum Delivery in Health Care Education

Adult college students who have made significant progress in their careers don’t have time to go back and start all over from the beginning. Although they may lack formal credentials, in many cases they have much of the knowledge and skills needed to excel in their field. What if adult students could simply take a test to determine their skill level and skip ahead to where they need to be in the curriculum? They would only need to pay for the credits they need, allowing them to finish early for less.

Read on »
March 8, 2017: Tracking Student Access to High-Impact Practices in STEM Webinar 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET

July 20 - 21, 2017: 12th USU Summer Meeting, Atlanta, GA

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