USU Urban Update Newsletter
USU Urban Update  
March 2016

From the Vice President

The USU Student Performance strand will be having it's first webinar of 2016 this month, Collaborating for Change: Collaborative Approaches to Advancing Student Performance, on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 2:00 pm ET. Three institutions, Rutgers University - Newark, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and Virginia Commonwealth University, will be discussing how they have prioritized collaboration on campus and with the community to advance student success. Click here for your FREE registration. 

APLU and USU invite you to the official launch of Collaborating for Change on Thursday March 31 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm ET at the National Press Club First Amendment Lounge. Collaborating for Change is a six-year initiative implemented by USU and APLU, and supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to work with urban serving universities to plan and implement transformational—often disruptive—approaches to advance student success efforts. These efforts are particularly focused on helping high need and traditionally at-risk students while keeping costs down, reexamining business models, and reaching deeper into the community.

Remember to save the date for the USU Summer Meeting on June 27 to 28, 2016 in Portland, OR. We look forward to seeing you there!

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USU in the News 

Eleven higher education institutions are joining an Education Trust-led initiative to improve graduation rates for underrepresented minority students. Among the eleven institutions participating are USU members - Morgan State University; California State University, Fresno; California State University, Fullerton; Florida International University; University of Houston; the University of Memphis.

The American Council on Education (ACE) announced this month that the University of Cincinnati's President, Dr. Santa J. Ono, will receive the 2016 Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award at the this year's ACE annual meeting.

ACE and ACUE is starting a significant collaboration with more USU members, Arizona State University, California State University, Los Angeles, California State University, Northridge, Florida International University, Rutgers University–Newark, University of Missouri-Kansas City and other institutions of higher education to enhance student success through effective college instruction.

USU Spotlight

Wayne State University and it's Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) program has been awarded, by NIH, a five-year grant of more than $3.6 million in order to support their goals to increase the number of underrepresented students in science majors.



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March 22, 2016: USU Student Performance Webinar, Washington, DC

March 31, 2016: Collaborating for Change Launch Event and Discussion, Washington, DC

June 27 - 28, 2016: USU 11th Annual Summer Meeting at Portland State University, Portland, OR

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