USU Urban Update Newsletter
USU Urban Update  
August 2016

From the Vice President

APLU and USU will hold a special session, Turning Points: Moving from Setback to Success, at the APLU Annual Meeting on Sunday, November 13, 2016 in Austin, Texas. Panelists will be selected through a competitive format. Each panelist will receive $5,000 and travel costs and registration fees will be covered by APLU. Application is by video. Emails indicating interest in submitting are due by September 2, 2016.  We invite institutions to submit their videos by September 30, 2016.  More details on this opportunity can be found in the call for submissions.  Please direct expressions of interest and any questions to Shari Garmise at or 202-478-6064.

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Latest on the USU Blog

Imagine this scenario at a hypothetical university: it’s the early 2000s, and online learning is an emerging concept growing in popularity. The university’s president comes up with an innovative idea to get ahead of the e-learning curve, trim the university’s budget, and provide more course flexibility for the institution’s many non-traditional students. The president instructed colleges and departments to reduce the number of classroom sections for introductory gateway courses, and replace them with online sections taught by the same instructors, with identical content.  He theorized this shift would help working students fit introductory courses into their busy schedules.

One year later, to the president’s chagrin, first-year student retention rates had dropped by 7 percent overall – and by 15 percent for first-generation college students.

This wasn’t the outcome he’d been hoping for. But the results proved critically important.  Read the full post.

USU in the News 

Timothy Renick, Vice Provost and Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success of Georgia State University has been recognized as on of the sixteen most innovative people in higher education by the Washington Monthly

IUPUI is part of the inaugural class of the Excellence in Assessment (EIA) program. This program spotlights institutions successfully integrating assessment practices across campus, providing evidence of student learning outcomes, and using assessment results to guide institutional decision-making and improve student performance.


CEOs for Cities will host its National Meeting, "The Opportunity City" in Columbus, OH on September 27 - 29, 2016. Participants in The Opportunity City will explore how cities and regions are working to achieve inclusive economic growth and opportunities for widespread economic success.

USU Spotlight

The spotlight is on Wayne State University and it's new grant to support homeless college students. The university has received a substantial grant in June from the Detroit-based McGregor Fund to aid such students as well as to find long-term solutions to the problem. 


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September 27 - 29, 2016: CEOs for Cities Annual Meeting, Columbus, OH

November 13-15, 2016: APLU 2016 Annual Meeting, Austin, TX

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