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    2015 APLU Annual Meeting
    2015 APLU Annual Meeting
    Delivering the Future
    More than 1,400 leaders from public higher education came to Indianapolis this year for the 2015 APLU Annual Meeting. View the opening video; read APLU's op-ed on inclusiveness and free speech; get information on the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science; watch videos of the 2015 Magrath Awards Finalists; read APLU news that came out of the meeting; and register early for 2016.
    Indianapolis, IN
    Annual Meeting Recap
  • Personalized Learning Consortium
    Advancing Personalized Learning
    APLU Awarded $4.6 Million for Initiative on Personalized Learning and Proactive Advising at Public Universities
    APLU will use a $4.6 million grant to support a cohort of public universities as they scale implementation of adaptive courseware across their campuses to improve student learning outcomes and accelerate degree completion. The award to APLU comes from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
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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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  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Morgan State Wins 2015 Project Degree Completion Award
    Annual Prize Recognizes & Rewards Institutions for Innovative Approaches to Improve Retention and Degree Completion
    Project Degree Completion is a joint initiative that APLU and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities developed in which nearly 500 public colleges and universities have pledged to collectively award 3.8 million more degrees by 2025. The PDC Award includes a $15,000 prize given to the winning institution to magnify the results of its efforts.
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  • University at Buffalo
    University at Buffalo Research Lab
    Prevent 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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  • University of Minnesota
    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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  • 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.
  • 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.
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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.
  • 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.
  • 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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    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.
  • Female student working with computers in a science lab
    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.
  • 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
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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 235 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

Jennifer Poulakidas
Jennifer Poulakidas Comments on NIH Funding Increase, Federal Research Investment
Jennifer T. Poulakidas
Vice President, Congressional & Governmental Affairs

Jennifer Poulakidas, APLU's Vice President for Congressional and Governmental Affairs and Co-President of the United for Medical Research, said the NIH budget increase is "overwhelmingly good news," in an interview with The Atlantic.  Yet she cautioned that "this one year alone is not going to turn everything on its head."