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Monday, March 17, 2014

APLU - CGA Update



To:       CGA

From:   A۰P۰L۰U Congressional and Governmental Affairs Staff


APLU State Relations Task Force and CGA ED Team,


In case you didn’t see the Inside Higher Ed article today (link), the student-age advocacy group, Young Invincibles, has a new campaign against the state disinvestment in higher education.  The group give report cards to each state on their support of higher education and is attempting to organize students to advocate at the state level.



Young Invincibles Student Impact Project


Decades of state budget disinvestment from public higher education caused tuition hikes and skyrocketing student debt.

The Student Impact Project, an initiative of Young Invincibles, aims to equip students with the tools and resources to organize and advocate for state policies that support college access, affordability, and success.

Specifically, the project will: 





Attached and online here is the updated and revised APLU FY2105 Appropriations Priorities chart. We will be sending links to the narrative documents for each appropriations bill to the CGA beginning of next week.




Attached is the final Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) letter that was sent yesterday evening to the House Science Committee, along with the COMPETES Act reauthorization Guiding Principles document. The letter includes 75 organizational sign-ons.




The Task Force on American Innovation sent the attached letter to Appropriations Committee leaders yesterday urging funding to enable real growth in “the research activities supported by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, the Department of Defense basic and applied (6.1 and 6.2) research programs, NASA’s space science and technology programs and the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Core Programs.”



For those who participated (and even those who were not able to attend) the CGA 2014 Winter Meeting, we now have featured on the CGA webpage, photo from the meeting, particularly the CGA Award to Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA) and the CGA reception featuring products from our land-grant institutions. Enjoy! http://www.aplu.org/page.aspx?pid=256


Registration is now open for the 2014 APLU Annual Meeting, which will take place November 2-4, 2014 at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, 14100 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane, Orlando, FL. Please note this year’s Annual Meeting is taking place earlier than normal.  Click here to register.

Interested CGA and their delegations are invited to attend the following congressional briefing on Coastal Resiliency. Invitation also attached.

Senators Edward Markey, Elizabeth Warren, and Bill Nelson

along with

Representatives Dan Lipinski and Bill Foster invite you to a briefing on:


Coastal Resiliency – The Convergence of Scientific Tools for Advancing Environmental Restoration and Economic Growth


Tuesday, March 25, 2014 from 12:00-1:30pm

Capitol Visitor Center-SVC 212


*****Lunch will be provided*****


Briefing participants:




Dr. Margaret Davidson

National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration




Dr. Chris Neill

Director, Ecosystems Center, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA


Dr. Rick Stevens

Associate Laboratory Director for Computing, Environment, and Life Sciences,

Argonne National Laboratory


Dr. Felicia Coleman

Director, Florida State University Coastal & Marine Laboratory


Dr. James Sanders

Director, Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, University of Georgia



Please kindly RSVP to Michelle Farmer at federalrelations@uchicago.edu by Friday, March 21st. The Capitol Visitor Center requires an attendance list in advance.



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Created by Claudia DiMercurio (dimercur@oakland.edu) on Monday, March 17, 2014
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