University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Harvey Perlman last week announced goals for the campus' anti-racism campaign.
Perlman said on UNL's website that the vice chancellor for student affairs will take the lead in increasing social and cultural activities across student populations, creating professional development opportunities and stressing the need for plans to increase diversity in each academic unit.
Senior administrators have committed to adopting a more effective campus incident reporting system and comparing policies and activities with peer institutions to assure “that every student who enters the university has access to an academic program of excellence and a fair opportunity to succeed.”
“We are under no illusion that these programs will magically bring the university to a post-racial world,” Perlman said. “Our hope is that we advance toward that objective as effectively and as expeditiously as we can.”
The plan was created last semester in response to several racially charged incidents.
Metro sees opportunities in certification partnership
Metropolitan Community College joined the National Coalition of Certification Centers last week to help address the need for industry partnerships and promote certifications.
The college announced the move in a press release and said Metro will gain leadership, training and certification opportunities by the partnership.
“Partnering with NC3 should supercharge MCC's development of industry-relevant certification in advanced and emerging fields,” Tom Pensabene, executive director of workforce innovation, said in the release.
Published UNO research looks at biofuels alternatives
The National Academy of Sciences has published research from a University of Nebraska at Omaha biology professor that may have implications for the future of biofuels production, according to UNO.
The study conducted by assistant professor Timothy Dickson and 16 other authors found that using alternative crops such as switchgrass and prairie grass in producing biofuels can benefit the environment compared with more commonly used crops such as corn, according to a press release.
Program to aid with student financial aid forms expands
A program to offer help for students and parents with financial aid forms has expanded to 54 locations in 38 communities throughout Iowa.
Iowa College Goal Sunday enlists volunteers to help fill out and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid as part of a national program that helps students qualify for federal financial aid. The application, which is a free form available in paper and electronic formats from the U.S. Department of Education, is the first step in the qualification process.
For more information or to find a location near you, visit the Iowa College Goal Sunday website, www.IowaCGS.org. Details are also available from the Iowa College Access Network by calling 877-272-4692 or e-mailing CGS@ICANsucceed.org.