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New Policy Matters is Available Online
Top 10 Higher Education State Policy Issues for 2015. Read pdf

Communicators as Leaders of Transformation
Register now for the AASCU Communications Conference for Senior Professionals. Visit website

President Obama’s Community College Initiative
AASCU President Muriel Howard responds to President Obama’s Free Community College Proposal. Read statement



Lyndon State College (Vt.)
Lyndon State College and Lyndon Institute have created a new Learning Collaborative, a partnership between the schools that will enhance dual enrollment and early college initiatives. The Collaborative’s early college program will provide Lyndon Institute students in their senior year with a rigorous high school experience that gives them credit toward their freshman year at Lyndon State College at no additional cost to the student or the taxpayer. Read more



Worth Noting

Online Graduate Nursing Program
Several AASCU members have been ranked among the top 25 Online Graduate Nursing Programs by U.S. News. Read more

Community Engagement Classification
A number of AASCU members have received the 2015 Community Engagement Classification designation by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. View full listing of schools.



Grants and Gifts

Harris-Stowe State University (Mo.)
Harris-Stowe State University’s goal of becoming a regional and national leader in the awarding of STEM degrees (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) among African-Americans and other underrepresented groups is closer to becoming a reality with the announcement of a $500,000 gift from Emerson. This award will provide STEM scholarships for North County students to attend Harris-Stowe, and will significantly expand on existing efforts and activities in STEM. Read more

Northwest Missouri State University
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has announced Northwest Missouri State University as the recipient of two grants to support innovation and competency-based education totaling $835,000, through the generosity of USA Funds. Read more

Southeast Missouri State University
Southeast Missouri State University has been named a partner in a national study funded by the U.S. Department of Education aimed at transforming K12 and higher education through innovative technology and teaching methods. Southeast’s College of Education and Regional Professional Development Center (RPDC) will work with local school systems to implement the Collaborative Regional Education (CORE) Initiative model, which is comprised of partnership building, technology, professional development, project-based learning, classroom support and dual enrollment. Read more



Presidential Honors

Southeast Missouri State University
The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents voted unanimously to name the newly constructed River Campus Center after the University’s president of nearly 16 years, Ken Dobbins, and his wife, Jeanine. Dobbins is the longest-serving current public university president in Missouri. Read more 



Awards and Honors

University of Central Florida
“The Committee,” a documentary film by a team from UCF, recently won an Emmy for telling the story of a Florida Legislature investigative panel that sought to root out homosexuals from state universities about 50 years ago. The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in December presented the Suncoast Regional Emmy for Best Historical Documentary to the film, which was a collaborative project that spanned several disciplines. Read more




Georgia College
The Old Governor’s Mansion at Georgia College has been named a Smithsonian affiliate, becoming the ninth in the state and the first in central Georgia to receive this recognition. The Mansion will be part of a select group of museums, cultural, educational and arts organizations that share the Smithsonian's resources with the nation. Read more

Northwest Missouri State University
A partnership involving Northwest Missouri State University, Metropolitan Community College and the Northland Center for Advanced Professional Studies (Northland CAPS) -- a consortium of Kansas City area businesses and six Northland school districts -- has earned the designation as an Innovation Education Partnership from the Missouri Department of Higher Education. Read more

University of Central Florida
UCF’s Cyber Defense Team has started the new year by taking top honors in the Collegiate Cybersecurity Championship Cup competition. Unlike other stand-alone competitions, the Collegiate Cybersecurity Championship Cup recognizes the best team in the nation for overall performance at multiple cybersecurity competitions. The competition is managed by the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security at the University of Texas at San Antonio with the support of a grant from the Cyber Security Division of the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate. Read more