Skip Navigation
  • Graduation photo
    Op-Ed: Creating a Legacy of Fairness in Admissions
    Low-income students face many more obstacles to earning a college degree than affluent ones
    In an Inside Higher Ed op-ed, APLU President Peter McPherson argues for an admissions process rooted in fairness. Preferential admissions decisions for relatives of alumni at public universities—known as legacy admissions—are not consistent with this commitment to fairness.
    Read More
  • Courtesy of Southern University
    Courtesy of Southern University
    Status Report on Engineering Education
    A Snapshot of Diversity in Degrees Conferred in Engineering
    Careers in engineering spur the creation of new ideas, advance technology, and are essential to a globally competitive economy and national defense. This NSF-funded report examines trends in engineering degrees to determine areas of growth among various groups; changes in racial, ethnic and gender diversity; and which colleges and universities graduate a larger number and proportion of underrepresented groups in specific disciplines.
    Learn More
  • Picture of commencement.
    Courtesy of the University of North Dakota
    Powered By Publics: Scaling Student Success
    130 Public Universities Increasing College Access, Equity, and Completion
    The participating institutions will work within “clusters” of four to 12 institutions that concurrently implement innovative and effective practices to advance student success on their campuses. Collectively, the institutions enroll 3 million students, including 1 million students who receive Pell Grants.
    Learn More
  • University of Wisconsin Classroom
    Courtesy of the University of Wisconsin Madison
    APLU & CIRTL to Lead NSF Grant to Cultivate Diverse & Inclusive STEM Faculty
    $10 Million Project Seeks to Attract & Enable More Underrepresented Students to Succeed in STEM Fields
    In order to develop bold, new educational models that broaden participation in STEM programs and fields, NSF announced the award of a five-year, $10 million NSF INCLUDES Alliance grant co-led by APLU and CIRTL, based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
    Learn More
  • Courtesy of Penn State
    Advancing University-Engaged Economic and Societal Prosperity
    A Policy Blueprint for How Public universities and the Federal Government Can Strengthen their Partnership
    The longstanding partnership between public research universities and the federal government has led to a globally competitive economy and vibrant communities. The Universities and the federal government should take advantage of new opportunities to renew their commitment to driving national economic and social prosperity.
    Learn More

Projects & Initiatives

View All Projects & Initiatives
  • Teamwork
    International Programs
    Knowledge and innovation is not bound by national borders. This has always been true, but the scope and complexity of today’s challenges make the necessity for global engagement even more critical. The University Commitment to Global Engagement provides an opportunity for institutions to declare their commitment to global engagement and to solving our world’s most pressing problems.
  • Economic Development & Engagement
    The IEP University Designation is earned by institutions demonstrating an institutional, sustainable, and substantive commitment to excellence in economic engagement.
  • Accountability & Transparency
    Designed by institutions for institutions, the Voluntary System of Accountability provides a robust, interactive, and user-friendly platform to compare and analyze key performance metrics across colleges and universities.
  • 2018 Engineering Report
    Access & Diversity
    Funded by NSF, the report examines trends in engineering degrees cto determine areas of growth among various groups, changes in racial, ethnic, and gender diversity in engineering, and which colleges and universities graduate a larger number of underrepresented groups in specific engineering disciplines.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Clemson University
    Economic Development & Engagement
    Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow (LIFT), APLU, and the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) created an Expert Educator Team (EET) to identify how colleges and universities can modify curricula to meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities workers will need for jobs in the advanced manufacturing sector.
  • 2015 PDC Award Winner
    Degree Completion & Student Success
    The 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.
  • BIFAD logo
    International Programs
    For over ten years, APLU has served as a vital link between the university community, USAID, and the Board on International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD).
  • STEM Education
    Through SEMINAL: Student Engagement through an Institutional Network for Active Learning, faculty will collaborate with APLU to better understand both how to sustain success in implementing active learning in undergraduate mathematics classes and how to facilitate similar success at other institutions.

Members in the Spotlight

View All Member Spotlights

Strength of APLU

APLU History
Our History
With roots extending back to 1887, APLU is North America's oldest higher education association.
Video Spotlight: Powered by Publics (PxP)
APLU launches the Powered by Publics initiative. This effort is convening 130 public universities and systems to collectively develop and scale innovative solutions to increase degree completion and close the achievement gap nationwide.

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

U.S. Capitol
As members of Congress consider reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, APLU has developed a series of higher education policy proposals we ask Congress to consider. APLU’s priorities are aimed at improving student success while enhancing our nation’s economic competitiveness.

Featured Publication

Annual Report Cover

APLU Staff Highlights

APLU’s Julia Michaels Presents on Powered by Publics at the Higher Learning Commission’s Annual Conference
Julia Michaels
Deputy Executive Director, APLU Center for Public University Transformation

Julia Michaels, Deputy Director of APLU's Center for Public University Transformation, was a panelist at two sessions at the Higher Learning Commission’s annual conference on April 8, alongside four institutions from the Big 10, Urban, and Metropolitan clusters of the association's Powered by Publics initiative. The panels showcased each university’s student success work and how peer collaboration through Powered by Publics is helping them accelerate change on campus.