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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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  • North Carolina State University
    North Carolina State University Commencement
    3.8 Million More Degrees by 2025
    APLU and AASCU Take the Lead with Project Degree Completion
    APLU and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities developed Project Degree Completion in which nearly 500 public colleges and universities pledged to collectively work to increase the number of students who earn a degree. Through an array of projects and initiatives, APLU is helping its members make an important contribution toward the national goal of raising degree attainment in the U.S. to 60 percent of working age adults by 2025.
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  • University at Buffalo
    University at Buffalo Research Lab
    Close the Innovation Deficit
    Making the Case to Congress for Increased Investments in Research & Higher Education
    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 at a time when other nations such as China, India, and Singapore are dramatically boosting research funding.
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  • Georgia State University
    Georgia State University
    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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  • 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.
  • 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.
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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.
  • 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.
  • Economic Development & Engagement
    Since 2006, 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.
  • 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.
  • STEM Education
    The Science and Mathematics Teaching Imperative is the most ambitious national initiative that assists public universities in their effort to increase the number and improve the quality and diversity of science and mathematics teachers prepared.
  • 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.
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    Urban Initiatives
    The Transformational Planning Grant supports a cohort of seven public urban research universities as they spend a year planning and designing new business models and innovative approaches to increase access, improve success rates and find greater cost efficiencies.
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    Degree Completion
    The Project Degree Completion Awards recognize universities that have made significant progress in successfully retaining and graduating students while promoting those schools as models for other institutions.
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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.
  • 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.

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 238 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.

Policy & Advocacy

New Mexico State University
Higher Education Policy & Student Aid
Concerned by the complexities and practicality of the Obama administration’s college ratings plan, APLU developed a proposal that shares the underlying broad goals of improved transparency and accountability, but does not rate or rank institutions.

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APLU Staff Highlights

James Woodell
April 13, 2015
James K. Woodell, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice President, Innovation & Technology Policy
Jim Woodell, Assistant Vice President for Innovation and Technology Policy, was inducted into the National Academy of Inventors as an honorary member. The Academy was founded in 2010 to recognize and encourage inventors with patents issued from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, enhance the visibility of academic technology and innovation, encourage the disclosure of intellectual property, educate and mentor innovative students, and translate the inventions of its members to benefit society. Each year, the Academy inducts a class of fellows, now numbering 414 worldwide, representing 150 prestigious universities and governmental and non-profit research institutions. Collectively, the fellows hold nearly 14,000 issued U.S. patents. Woodell’s recognition as an honorary member comes after serving on the Academy’s selection committee.