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  • A SMART Approach to Student Success
    APLU's Online, Self-Paced Course on Strategic Management of Advising Reform and Technology
    A broad consensus is growing among college and university leadership about the ability of campus-wide, proactive advising systems to drive student success in significant ways. To help college and university leaders implement new systems for redesigning advising and supporting students across their campuses, APLU developed an online course: A SMART Approach to Student Success: Strategic Management of Advising Reform and Technology.
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    Using Data to Increase Student Success
    14 Case Studies Show How Student-Level Data Can Help Increase Degree Completion
    APLU and the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) developed a series of 14 case studies from leading colleges, universities, and systems to highlight how higher education institutions are driving progress on campus through the effective use of student-level data. The series spotlights the importance of student-level data in developing and implementing programs to increase degree completion.
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  • Georgia State University
    Broadening Participation in the STEM Professoriate
    NSF-funded Project Seeks to Diversify the STEM Professoriate at Public Research Universities
    APLU INCLUDES, funded by an NSF pilot grant, aims to help member institutions increase the number of STEM faculty from underrepresented and traditionally underserved groups. Through a collaborative, evidence-based approach, this project will provide tools for universities to effectively recruit, hire, and retain faculty from underrepresented groups.
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    Aligning Curricula with Manufacturing Workforce Needs
    A New Initiative Engages Educators and Manufacturing Scientists to Ensure Instruction Includes the Latest Technologies
    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.
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  • University at Buffalo
    Math Pathways
    Overhauling Math Curriculum to Boost Student Success and Degree Completion
    Advancing Math Pathways (AMPSS) is a coalition to coordinate a national drive to address undergraduate mathematics as a significant academic barrier for students pursuing degrees and credentials. AMPSS is planning a multi-year effort to stimulate and guide states or regions to modernize mathematics pathways in their 2- and 4-year institutions. The initiative aims to impact post-secondary math education across more than 40 states in the next five years.
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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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Projects & Initiatives

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Urban Initiatives
    Collaborating for Change (CFC) is an initiative working to spur student success by driving transformational change at public urban research universities across the country.
  • 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.
  • Map of the world made with pulses and grains
    International Programs
    The commission is tasked with identifying the research, education and engagement efforts public universities should develop to ensure the three pillars of food security – access, availability and utilization – are met throughout the world.
  • 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.
  • Urban Initiatives
    We are a nationwide network of urban universities dedicated to preparing the next generation of health professionals.
  • 2015 PDC Award Winner
    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.
  • 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.
  • Economic Development & Engagement
    Since 2006, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) 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. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Awards and the C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Scholarship Award recognize colleges and universities that have redesigned their learning, discovery, and engagement missions to become even more involved with their communities.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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: APLU Members
APLU members educate students to become tomorrow's leaders.  Here are the stories of three such students.

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.

Featured Publication

2016 Annual Report Cover

APLU Staff Highlights

Craig Lindwarm
APLU's Lindwarm Participates in Law and Policy Panel
Craig Lindwarm
Director, Congressional & Governmental Affairs

APLU’s Craig Lindwarm participated in a panel on law and policy at a recent meeting of the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International. Lindwarm discussed the new administration, Congress, and implications for higher education.