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March 2017 Newsletter
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From the Executive Director
USU is introducing "Virtual Conversations", which are structured but informal dialogues among colleagues working on common student success related efforts. The first of these discussions will be about "Meeting Students Basic Needs" on March 31, 2017 at 3:00 pm ET. Five institutions are lined up to talk with each other and with you about their work.

  • Gail DiSabatino, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, University of Massachusetts, Boston, U-Access Program
  • Jillian Keller, Assistant Director, Resource Centers, Cleveland State University, Lift Up Vikes
  • Melissa Lavitt, Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of Washington, Tacoma
  • Jessica Medina, Coordinator, Fresno State University, Food Security Project
  • Nicole Patterson, Welcome Center Manager, Virginia Commonwealth University, RamPantry

And remember this year the USU Summer Meeting will be July 20 - 21, 2017. It will be in Atlanta, GA co-hosted by Georgia State University. Sleeping accommodations will be at the Ellis Hotel. Click here to reserve a sleeping room online.  Conference registration details will be coming soon. We look forward to seeing you in Atlanta!

Join us for our next webinar in the Diversity in the Biomedical Research Workforce webinar series: “Supporting Minority Postdocs” on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET. Click here to register.  A critical transition point for entry into the professoriate is a post-doctoral experience. In the STEM and biomedical science fields, one or more years of work as a post-doc are increasingly required for advancement into tenure-track faculty positions, but according to recent NSF data only 4 percent of post-doctoral scholars in those fields were from underrepresented backgrounds. Furthermore, underrepresented post-docs are not entering tenure-track faculty positions in sufficient numbers, especially at research-intensive institutions. This webinar will explore known barriers to minority post-doc success. Speakers will highlight programs designed to advance minority post-docs to the professoriate, including the national NIH IRACDA program and the regional Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity. The webinar will conclude with information about a proposed action item to partner with national stakeholders to evaluate impact of diversity programs for post-doctoral scholars.

Tracking Student Access to High Impact Practices in STEM
Watch the latest webinar: Tracking Student Access to High Impact Practices in STEM

USU in the News
Portland State University is building interactive degree maps to help students get to their degree faster.

Wayne State University supported careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), by having its first annual STEM Day this month. 

APLU and the Institute for Higher Education Policy has developed a series of fourteen case studies  to highlight how higher education institutions are driving progress on campus through the effective use of student-level data. 


In the latest Education Trust reportGeorgia State UniversityUniversity at AlbanyUniversity  of California Riverside, and Rutgers University-Newark have all ranked among the nation's best in African American student success.

Partner News

The Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU) is inviting USU members to submit proposals on The Urban Advantage. The chosen proposals will be presented at  their annual conference that will be held October 9 - 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. The deadline for proposals is April 21st. Click here for information.

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:
Community Engaged Learning in the Inland Empire

At UC Riverside, we’ve always had many of our students engaged in service-learning and other volunteer opportunities in the community. But although we have developed robust community partnerships, it has been more challenging to track student engagement, match students with community needs, and embed service-learning into academic coursework. We wanted to do a better job leveraging our community assets in support of student learning and success.

Read on »
March 31, 2017: "Virtual Conversations - Meeting Students Basic Needs", Online, 3:00 - 4:00 pm ET

July 20 - 21, 2017: 12th USU & CEO Summer Meeting, Atlanta, GA

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

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