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Many characteristics of a university make an impact on regional economic development. APLU's Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Economic Prosperity (CICEP) has gathered these characteristics together to serve as a self-assessment tool that an institution could use to evaluate its particular engagement in regional economic development.
Several listed traits relate to cultural aspects of public colleges and universities. Other characteristics are focused on structural elements (e.g., existence of specific positions, programs or offices to facilitate increased partnerships with the external community). Yet other aspects relate to the interface between the university and the community and require an understanding of the important synergistic relationship between the local university and regional economic development. These latter aspects are premised on the existence of a reciprocal relationship with the external community, recognizing its contributions and respecting its knowledge and perspective.
To recognize universities that are leaders in spurring and promoting regional economic development, APLU created the Innovation and Economic Prosperity Award. The new award, which will be presented at APLU’s 2013 Annual Meeting in November, will go to APLU member universities that demonstrate excellent leadership in planning, implementing, and evaluating programs and initiatives that support regional economic development.
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