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From the Executive Director
Registration is open for the 2017 USU/CEO Joint Summer Meeting. This year the meeting will be Thursday, July 20, 2017 – Friday, July 21, 2017, and located at Georgia State University; Student Center East, Suite 310, 55 Gilmer St., Atlanta, GA 30303. 

USU is partnering with APLU's Commission on Engagement and Outreach this summer. The conference theme is strengthening the resiliency of our universities and their local communities, with an emphasis on building deep partnerships across the institution and the region. During this uniquely designed convening, attendees will participate in a facilitated learning experience crafted around a case study and focused expert conversations, examining what it means to strengthen resiliency on our campuses and in our neighborhoods.

We invite all health, strengthening community, and student performance strand representatives to accompany their presidents and chancellors to the meeting. The strands will meet during the conference.

A block of discounted rooms has been secured at the Ellis Hotel, located at 176 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

We hope to see you and your team in Atlanta, GA in July.

Also, click here if you missed Improving Campus Climate for Diversity and Inclusion: What Can Leaders Do?.


Improving Campus Climate for Diversity and Inclusion: What Can Leaders Do?
Watch the latest webinar: Improving Campus Climate for Diversity and Inclusion: What Can Leaders Do?

USU in the News
Virginia Commonwealth University and its community leaders reflect and strategize on their community-university partnerships.

Wayne State University has launched a new phone app for its incoming students to stay on track as part of their student success strategies. 

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's architecture and urban planning students are set to announce their innovative designs for the downtown area

The University of Colorado Denver and the Peace Corps have a new partnership centered on an undergraduate certificate program called Peace Corps Prep.



Dr. Wim Wiewel, President of Portland State University, has been spotlighted as the CEOs for Cities: May Changemaker

Portland State University has been named Dr. Rahmat Shoureshi as next president starting August 14, 2017.

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.
New Report on Developing an Accountability System for Broadening Participation
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Better STEM Outcomes: Developing an Accountability System for Broadening Participation” summarizes proceedings from a workshop held last year involving 50 educators, administrators, and evaluators from science and engineering enterprises.
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: What Can Leaders Do to Improve Campus Climate?

In late 2015, the University of Missouri system president Tim Wolfe resigned after weeks of student protests. What were the students’ demands? To end structural and systemic racism on campus, and to ensure a learning environment that was safe, inclusive, and valued diversity. The students had called for President Wolfe’s resignation because of a perceived lack of leadership on campus climate issues. Efforts to address discrimination on campus, they felt, were both too little and too late.

Read on »
July 14, 2017: USU Structured Conversations: Following the Student’s Journey - K-16 Systems, Online, 3:00 - 4:00 pm ET

July 20 - 21, 2017: USU & CEO Summer Meeting, Atlanta, GA

October 9 - 11, 2017: CUMU Annual Conference, Denver, Colorado 

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