USU Urban Update Newsletter
USU Urban Update  
December 2015

From the Vice President

We want to thank everyone  who attended and participated in the USU Urban Track at the 128th Annual USU/APLU Meeting in Indianapolis, IN. The Innovation Challenge Pitch: Student Success 3.0 session was a tremendous success. We also want to thank the Lumina Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the  Great Lakes Higher Education Guarantee Corporation for their sponsorship, the judges for their leadership, and the pitchers for sharing their innovative efforts in student achievement. We also want to congratulate our pitch winners; Portland State University and Florida International University.

Visit the links below to view the Innovation Challenge Pitch: Student Success 3.0 videos. 
Part 1: & Part 2:

Read more about this exciting session in this weeks's Urban University blog.

Save the date for the USU Summer Meeting on June 26 to 28, 2016. Next year we will be in Portland, OR co-hosted by Portland State University. We look forward to seeing you there for the exciting new agenda!

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Congratulations & Thank you

We would like to the congratulate and thank our moderator and all of the Innovation Challenge Pitch: Student Success 3.0 participants: 

L-R: Peter Meiksins, Isis Artze-Vega, Melissa Welker, Mark Becker, Sona Andrews, Jacqueline Smith, Alan Houston.  Photo Courtesy of APLU.

And a big thank you goes to the foundation speakers and judges. 

L-R: Ed Smith-Lewis, Amy Kerwin, and Tina Gridiron.  Photo Courtesy of APLU.

L-R: Mark Becker, Ben Dobner, Tom Moss, Nicole McDonald, Charles Nutt, Cathy Sandeen.  Photo Courtesy of APLU.

USU Spotlight

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) has recently been recognized as one of the nation’s top public institutions of higher learning for increasing graduation rates for underrepresented minority students and for closing the graduation rate gap between minorities and white students, according to a report released by The Education Trust.


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June 26 - 28, 2016: USU 11th Annual Summer Meeting at Portland State University, Portland, OR

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