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  • Impact of Immigration Restrictions
    Public Universities Respond to New Immigration Executive Order
    Public research universities are deeply concerned about the Trump administration’s new policy preventing visa holders of seven countries from returning to the U.S. for 90 days. More than 17,000 students from those countries studied at U.S. universities during the 2015-16 school year along with over 2,300 researchers.
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  • University of Kansas
    Completion Grants
    Helping Low-income Students Reach the Finish Line
    In an effort to prevent low-income college students nearing graduation from dropping out, APLU and Temple University have announced they will work on a five-year project to improve and grow small-dollar completion grants aimed at ensuring such students complete their degree. Their partnership is funded with a nearly $4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences.
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  • University of Central Florida
    Public University Values
    APLU’s Public University Values (#PublicUValues) campaign seeks to help better explain key facts about the value of public universities and to clarify some common misconceptions. During September and October 2016, APLU and its member institutions will use social media to share fact sheets, graphics, and stories that help detail public university values. Up this week: Facts on research and community engagement.
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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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    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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  • Portland State University
    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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  • 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.

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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.

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APLU Staff Highlights

York Publishes Research on Service-learning for Low-income, First-generation College Students
Travis York, Ph.D.
Director of Student Success, Research, and Policy
APLU's Dr. Travis York published new research in a recent volume of the International Journal of Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement. The article, Exploring Service-Learning Outcomes and Experiences for Low-Income, First-Generation College Students: A Mixed-Methods Approachexamines service-learning for low-income, first-generation college students.