USU Urban Update Newsletter
USU Urban Update  
September 2015

From the Vice President


The APLU annual conference is November 15 - 17, 2015  in Indianapolis, IN and USU has a dynamic agenda filled with rich opportunities. We will be holding a $165,000 pitch session in partnership with APLU, there will be two training workshops (at no additional fee ), our annual membership luncheon on Sunday, and IUPUI is also organizing a tour of its engagement activities among other events. More information will be coming on this soon.

The first workshop will be on Saturday, November 14th from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. on faculty cluster hiring for diversity and institutional climate. Space is limited so we are offering this opportunity to our USU members first before we extend it to the broader APLU community. If you are interested in sending a team from your institution, please reply to For more information click here
The second workshop, supported by Lumina Foundation and Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation, will be held Monday, November 16th from 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. It will explore completion grants and other tools to enhance student success. At the end of the workshop, there will be information on how to apply for seed funds to launch completion grants at your institution.  Please reply to if your institution will be participating in this workshop.

Finally, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), has invited all USU members to attend the installation ceremony of IUPUI’s new chancellor , Dr. Nasser Paydar, on Tuesday, November 17th on the IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Boulevard, Indianapolis, IN. The ceremony will begin at 2:00 p.m. and will be followed with a reception. 

I hope to see you all in Indianapolis!

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Partners' Events
Learn how today's universities are adapting to industry shifts, updating models by incorporating big data, and emerging as leaders at The Economist Events' Higher Education Forum October 22, 2015. The forum will be held at the Apella, Event Space at Alexandria Center in New York, NY. USU members get a discount. Use promotion code CUSU145 and save on standard registration

Also, SUNYCON 2015 will be held on October 29 - 30, 2015 in New York, NY. The discussion will center around new business models for universities and their partners by exploring questions like, what do colleges and universities need to do today to ensure future strength and relevance? And, how does higher education adapt to the changing demands of society without compromising the core academic mission? To learn more about the conference and to register, visit the conference website


USU Spotlight

In the spotlight are the USU institutions that were placed in the top 20 of the U.S. News World Report "Most Innovative Universities" list. Congratulations Arizona State UniversityUniversity of Maryland—​Baltimore CountyGeorgia State University, University of Central Florida, and Portland State University!


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Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Development of Software Tools and Methods for Biomedical Big Data  - to solicit development of software tools and methods in the three topic areas of data privacy, data re-purposing, and applying metadata, all as part of the overall BD2K initiative.  
Deadline: October 6, 2015

October 22, 2015: Higher Education Forum, New York, NY
October 29 - 30, 2015: SUNY Critical Issues In Higher Education Conference, New York, NY

November 15 – 17, 2015: USU Winter Meeting, Indianapolis, Indiana 

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