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    The Challenge of Change
    Engaging Public Universities to Feed the World
    Drawing on the unique academic, research, and leadership capabilities of public research universities, APLU is launching an effort to address growing domestic and global food security challenges and ensure universal food security by 2050.
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  • Courtesy of the Students
    Read the Personal Stories of Students Who Aren't Counted in Their Institution's Federal Graduation Rate
    Due to a congressional ban on student-level data, the federal government is unable to reliably and consistently report the outcomes of transfer students after they transfer, and has only recently added minimal reporting for part-time students. Yet more than half of bachelor’s degree recipients in recent years attended more than one school and nearly two-thirds of community college students start part-time. These are the stories of those left out.
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    Collaborating for Change
    Analyzing New Approaches for Student Success
    Collaborating for Change is a six-year student success initiative that works with public urban research universities to plan and implement transformational practices to advance student success. These transformations are focused on admitting, retaining, educating, and graduating high need, at-risk students while reducing costs, reexamining campus business models, and fostering mutually beneficial engagements.
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    Our Members
    Dedicated to Advancing Learning, Discovery & Engagement
    APLU member campuses annually enroll 4.8 million undergraduate and 1.3 million graduate students, award 1.2 million degrees, and conduct $41.4 billion in university-based research. Collectively, they demonstrate the power and the good of public universities.
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    Strengthening Communities
    Public Research Universities Drive Economic Development through Community Engagement
    APLU members are engaged in their communities, regions, and beyond, tackling societal challenges, creating great places to work and live, and advancing economic growth and prosperity.
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Projects & Initiatives

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    Degree Completion
    The Project Degree Completion Award recognize universities that have made significant progress in successfully retaining and graduating students while promoting those schools as models for other institutions.
  • Learning Technology
    The PLC serves as a coordinating body to foster cooperation and collaboration that will advance the use of information technology to improve learning, retention, and graduation. PLC membership positions universities to better capture the economies of scale inherent in information technology.
  • Agriculture, Human Sciences & Natural Resources
    The Healthy Food Systems, Healthy People initiative calls for collaborations and integration among agriculture, food, nutrition, and health care systems that have never before been explored or optimized.
  • Accountability & Transparency
    The Excellence in Assessment (EIA) program – the first national initiative of its kind – recognizes institutions that successfully integrate assessment practices across campus, provide evidence of student learning outcomes, and use assessment results to guide institutional decision-making and improve student performance.
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    Agriculture, Human Sciences & Natural Resources
    APLU and the AAVMC created a Task Force on Antibiotic Resistance in Production Agriculture to help advise the federal government on a research agenda and publicly disseminate information on the use of antibiotics in production agriculture.
  • Economic Development & Engagement
    Since 2006, APLU's Council on Engagement and Outreach (CEO) and the Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC), with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, have partnered to recognize the outstanding community-university engagement scholarship work of four-year public universities.
  • Research, Science & Technology
    This guide is a roadmap for a university-wide effort to strengthen a culture of safety. The guide has action steps, resources, and recommendations to help navigate the challenge of changing the culture of the institution.
  • Urban Initiatives
    Participants from the TPG project and other public urban research institutions Collaborate for Change in higher education, creating student success pathways to graduate more at-risk students.
  • Accountability & Transparency
    The Student Achievement Measure (SAM) provides a comprehensive picture of student progress on their path to earning a college degree or certificate. As compared to the limitations of typical graduation rate measures, SAM reports more outcomes for more students.
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    Urban Initiatives
    APLU and USU release new research, Foiling the Drop-Out Trap: Completion Grant Practices for Retaining and Graduating Students, and step-up advocacy efforts to push public urban research institutions to retain and graduate more low-income at risk students nearing degree completion.
  • STEM Education
    The MTE-Partnership provides a coordinated research, development, and implementation effort for secondary mathematics teacher preparation programs. The Partnership was initially formed to meet the challenges of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and to embody research and best practices in the field.
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    International Programs
    The mission of the Knowledge Center is to improve development assistance to higher education around the world. We pursue this mission because we believe that institutions of higher education are vital to development, innovation, and poverty reduction.
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    Agriculture, Human Sciences & Natural Resources
    APLU's Board on Natural Resources and Board on Oceans, Atmosphere, and Climate authored the Science, Education, and Outreach Roadmap for Natural Resources to provide guidance for policy makers in strategic planning and investment.
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    Research, Science & Technology
    APLU is helping to lead the effort to close the innovation deficit -- the widening gap between actual and needed federal investments in research and higher education.
  • Economic Development & Engagement
    The designation and awards go to APLU member universities that demonstrate excellence and leadership in planning, implementing, and evaluating programs and initiatives that support regional economic development.
  • Agriculture, Human Sciences & Natural Resources
    APLU, through the Boards on Agriculture Assembly (BAA), Natural Resources (BNR), and Oceans, Atmosphere, and Climate (BOAC), works to increase federal funding for research and outreach on water resources issues.
  • Research, Science & Technology
    The APLU Task Force on Managing University Intellectual Property is examining the role of technology transfer in fulfilling our institutions' public purposes.
  • Accountability & Transparency
    Simple, straightforward presentation of comparable information directly from public universities at no charge to students and families. Data elements selected based on input from students and families seeking trustworthy data.

Members in the Spotlight

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Strength of APLU

APLU History
Our History
With roots extending back to 1887, APLU is North America's oldest higher education association.
Video Spotlight: The APLU Story
The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) is a research, policy, and advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening and advancing the work of public universities in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.  With a membership of 236 public research universities, land-grant institutions, state university systems, and affiliated organizations, APLU's agenda is built on the three pillars of increasing degree completion and academic success, advancing scientific research, and expanding engagement.  

Strengthening & Advancing Public Universities Collectively.

Focused on increasing degree completion and academic success, advancing scientific research, and expanding engagement, APLU undertakes a wide array of projects and initiatives along with its members while providing a forum for public higher education leaders to work collaboratively to better meet the challenges and opportunities facing public universities.

Legislative Highlight

University of Illinois
A federal ban on student-level data means we simply do not know enough on student outcomes at each college and university in the U.S. APLU is helping to lead the campaign to lift the data ban and shed light on student outcomes such as post-collegiate employment and accurate graduation rates.

APLU Staff Highlights

Montague Demment
Demment Honored with 2016 AIARD Award for Distinguished Service
Montague Demment, Ph.D.
Vice President, International Programs

Montague (Tag) Demment was honored with the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development's 2016 Distinguished Service Award. The award recognizes a demonstrated public service that has advanced AIARD’s purposes, innovative contributions to AIARD programs, and extended service in the international arena and in AIARD.