1. The Budget Resolution likely to affect university research funding
The Chronicle of Higher Education published "The Budget Breakthrough May Mean Little for Battered Research Agencies" on January 6, 2014, which discussed the effects of the Budget Resolution on federal research agencies.
The Budget Resolution sets annual levels of spending for both 2014 and 2015 fiscal years and delays some of the automatic spending cuts that would otherwise take place in January. The Budget Resolution is now with Congressional appropriators, who will determine how much money will be spent on agencies and programs, including research and student aid.
The Budget Resolution includes $45 billion of discretionary spending for federal agencies and programs. January 15, 2014 is the deadline for Congress to set spending levels for individual agencies because the temporary relief resolution expires. However, it appears that Congress is discussing a 3 day extension of the existing budget continuing resolution to provide additional time for discussions on spending levels.
Higher education institutions are dependent on federal agencies' financial support for university research. Federal agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health, have experienced larger budgets with diminishing federal support. Additionally, applying inflation suggests that the overall federal spending on federal agencies will be below the past spending caps from 2011 and 2012.
2. Highlighting our Partnerships
The Office of Public Affairs works closely with the Avenues West Association, the local organization that represents the Marquette campus and surrounding neighborhood.
Keith Stanley, the Executive Director, recently began publishing an electronic newsletter to highlight local businesses, and provide updates about the neighborhood and local events.
The newsletter featured an update about Keith's first 100 days as the Executive Director of the Avenues West Association and his thoughts on the neighborhood. It also highlighted a phone app for the Avenues West neighborhood, featuring a business directory, map and links to the Avenues West Association social media sites.
To receive a copy of the Avenues West Association e-newsletter, please register your email address.
3. News Updates about our Neighborhood
Marquette University is located in the Westown, Avenues West and Menomonee Valley neighborhoods. The Office of Public Affairs has an important role in supporting and promoting the development and improvement of our surrounding community.
The following are recent media updates about our neighborhoods:
Milwaukee-area home sales drop, but prices rise - The Business Journal, December 24, 2013
Redevelopment plans deluge lakefront properties in 2013 - The Business Journal, December 27, 2013
Urban Ecology Center outbids housing developers for riverside site - The Business Journal, December 29, 2013
Herb Kohl: If he could pay for the whole arena project, he says he would - The Business Journal, December 30, 2013
Cincinnati streetcar debates follow different tracks - The Business Journal, December 30, 2013
Discovery World executive director Krajniak to retire - The Business Journal, December 30, 2013
Daniel named Menomonee Valley artist in residence - OnMilwaukee.com, January 8, 2014
City of Milwaukee asks feds to approve split streetcar route - The Business Journal, January 9, 2014
Streetcar with a track: Milwaukee
Project schedule lags as utility costs argued - The Business Journal, January 10, 2014
4. News Updates on Government Relations
The Office of Public Affairs monitors discussions relevant to higher education and the Marquette community within both the Wisconsin State Legislature and United States Congress.
The following are recent articles regarding higher education issues:
We Pretend to Teach, They pretend to Learn - The Wall Street Journal, December 26, 2013
Student-Loan Debt Slows Recovery - The Wall Street Journal, December 30, 2013
Degrees of Value: Making College
Pay Off - The Wall Street Journal, January 7, 2014
Chipping Away at FERPA? - Inside Higher Ed, January 7, 2014
How to Help College Students Graduate - The New York Times, January 8, 2014
Study Urges Tough Measures for Parent PLUS Loan Requirements - Diverse Issues in Higher Education, January 8, 2014
More Students Subsidize Classmates' Tuition - The Wall Street Journal, January 10, 2014
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