USU Urban Update Newsletter
USU Urban Update  
April 2016

From the Vice President

On March 31, 2016 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, a group of USUs launched our collaborative effort to implement and accelerate innovative, transformative, and often disruptive changes needed to boost student success.  Collaborating for Change – an initiative supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – is helping these and other universities enact and scale a series of transformations aimed at admitting, retaining, educating, and graduating high-need, traditionally at-risk students while reducing costs, reexamining campus business models, and fostering mutually beneficial campus-community engagement. 

Over the next four years, Florida International University (FIU), Georgia State University (GSU), and Portland State University (PSU) will participate in the implementation phase while helping the APLU and USU member institutions learn from their efforts.  We are developing an implementation fund for other USU institutions as part of this effort. Collaborating for Change will also publish reports, hold webinars, and release other communications to foster institutional collaboration throughout the initiative and to foster learning communities that stretch across the country.  The webcast can be seen here

Also, I am excited to announce that the USU 11th Summer Meeting will be free this year.  Funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation allows each USU institutions to send up to four individuals to the meeting at no registration cost. Look for separate emails from with more information about registration. The summer meeting will be hosted by Portland State University in Portland, OR on June 27 and June 28, 2016.

Hotel accommodations are at the Hotel Modera; 15 SW Clay Street, Portland, Oregon 97201. Register at with the online booking code is “APLU16” or call 503-484-1084 or 1-877-484-1084 and use the code “APLU”.  All hotel reservations for the meeting should be booked by June 1, 2016.

We hope to see you and your team in Portland, OR in June.

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USU in the News 

Our TCC launch on March 31, 2016 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC received wonderful press:  Inside Higher Education, University Business, Washington Post, Politico, and Diverse to name a few.

University of North Carolina at Charlotte made the list of the top 50 best value big data graduate programs.

The Department of Education acknowledged Florida International UniversityGeorgia State UniversityRutgers University-Newark, and University of Illinois at Chicago as some of the top institutions in the nation that incorporates strategies to increase college access in the report Fulfilling the Promise, Serving the Need: Advancing College Opportunity for Low-Income Students.

USU Spotlight

The University of Akron launched a new program the EXL (Experiential Learning) Center. The center is designed to enhance the classroom experience for every student on campus. It will help students gain hands-on experience in their professions and provide opportunities to work with faculty and community partners to build pathways to employment.



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

Social Innovation Fund Classic Notice of Funding Availability FY 2016 - The program will provide up to $39 million to eligible grantmaking institutions seeking to grow innovative, evidence-based solutions to challenges facing low-income communities nationwide in our focus areas of healthy futures, youth development and economic opportunity.
Deadline: May 10, 2016 (Application)

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

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