USU Urban Update Newsletter
USU Urban Update  
October 2016

From the Vice President

If you haven't RSVP'd for the President's only dinner, sponsored by Kresge, or the USU membership lunch at noon please do so. As a reminder, we need all members represented at the membership lunch.

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone in Austin for the APLU annual meeting.  Click here for a copy of the urban track. We hope you are as excited about it as we are. If you have any questions contact Shari Garmise by phone 202-478-6064 or

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You are invited to attend a webinar hosted by USU, APLU, and the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) on Holistic Review in Graduate Admissions, which will take place next Thursday, November 3, from 12:00 -1:00 PM Eastern Time (11:00 a.m. Central / 9:00 a.m. Pacific). The webinar will be of interest to university leaders and administrators, deans, chairs of admissions committees, faculty, diversity professionals, or anyone else with interest in holistic review as a strategy for diversifying the future research workforce. This webinar is free of charge, however space is limited. Please click here to register. 

Latest on the USU Blog

The pathway to becoming a scientist leads through graduate school, and graduate admissions committees are the gatekeepers. How do they determine who will be successful in a research career and who will not? Admission processes vary widely by discipline and are often opaque, but we do know that the top two strongest predictors of admission to graduate school in general are GRE scores and the selectivity of the student’s undergraduate institution. Read the full post.

USU in the News 

Portland State University debuted its new tuition assistance program, "Four Years Free". It is designed to attract low-income students with good grades and guarantees qualified freshman-to-be in 2017 wouldn't have to pay for tuition and fees.

Congratulations to the eight USU institutions that have recently been awarded the Insight into Diversity 2016 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award for health professions schools! The schools recognized for their substantial contributions to diversity in health professions education were: CSU, Los Angeles School of Nursing, The Ohio State University College of Nursing, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, University of Cincinnati College of Nursing, University of Houston School of Nursing, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry, and the University of New Mexico Colleges of Nursing and Pharmacy.
SUNY Downstate and the SUNY University at Albany have jointly received a Best of New York award for their collaboration tool designed to share health disparities research and scholarship between the two institutions. The Health Disparities and Inequalities Collaboration Platform (HDIC) enables faculty, researchers, and clinicians at Downstate and UAlbany to communicate, access real-time information, and share ideas and resources.

University of Cincinnati College of Nursing Dean and UU-HEALTH Co-PI Dr. Greer Glazer has joined the Board of Directors of The Sullivan Alliance to Transform the Health Professions. According to Sullivan Alliance chairman and CEO Louis Sullivan, “Dr. Glazer’s strong leadership skills and deep engagement in diversity efforts will be a tremendous asset to our efforts to increase diversity across the health workforce.”

In a new paper, The Promise and Peril of Predictive Analytics in Higher Education: A Landscape Analysis, authors Manuela Ekowo and Iris Palmer used Georgia State University and Temple University as examples of institutions successfully using predictive tools. 


USU Spotlight

The spotlight is on Virginia Commonwealth University and their efforts in student career placement. Current VCU students and recent graduates are getting positions with VCU alumni with their entrepreneurial startups.

To view a copy of the USU Master Contact List click here

USU's blog, Urban University, is an initiative of our student performance strand. To share your innovations, case studies, reports, guest posts, videos, interviews, infographics, and more click here for the blog sharing template form.

November 3, 2016: Holistic Review in Graduate Admissions, Webinar

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

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