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    APLU & CIRTL to Lead NSF Grant to Cultivate Diverse & Inclusive STEM Faculty
    $10 Million Project Seeks to Attract & Enable More Underrepresented Students to Succeed in STEM Fields
    In order to develop bold, new educational models that broaden participation in STEM programs and fields, NSF announced the award of a five-year, $10 million NSF INCLUDES Alliance grant co-led by APLU and CIRTL, based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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    Advancing University-Engaged Economic and Societal Prosperity
    A Policy Blueprint for How Public universities and the Federal Government Can Strengthen their Partnership
    The longstanding partnership between public research universities and the federal government has led to a globally competitive economy and vibrant communities. The Universities and the federal government should take advantage of new opportunities to renew their commitment to driving national economic and social prosperity.
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  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
    APLU Urges Congress to Protect Dreamers on One-Year Anniversary of DACA Rescission
    In recognition that it's been one year since the Department of Justice announced the rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, APLU President Peter McPherson sent a letter to congressional leadership to reiterate APLU’s call for swift action to protect Dreamers.
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  • Walter Isaacson to headline 2018 APLU Annual Meeting banner
    Walter Isaacson to Deliver 2018 Annual Meeting Keynote
    More than 1,400 Senior Public University Leaders Are Expected at the 2018 APLU Annual Meeting
    The theme of this year’s Annual Meeting is Resilience. Sessions will explore the capacity of universities, their communities, and partners to adapt and thrive no matter what stresses or acute shocks they experience.
    November 11-13, 2018
    New Orleans, LA
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Projects & Initiatives

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  • Degree Completion & Student Success
    APLU is creating a new national Center for Public University Transformation (CPUT) to grow, innovate, and sustain effective solutions that are scalable across the diverse set of institutions comprising the public university sector.
  • Research, Science & Technology
    The Highly Integrative Basic and Responsive (HIBAR) Research Alliance is a network of research leaders who believe that universities can improve research outcomes and increase benefits to society by engaging theory with practice for transformative solutions.
  • Map of the world made with pulses and grains
    International Programs
    APLU's Challenge of Change commission unveiled its much-anticipated report and action plan, which centers on harnessing the vast academic, research, and leadership capabilities of public research universities to address the transdisciplinary challenges of food and nutrition security.
  • STEM Education
    APLU INCLUDES is an NSF-backed initiative aimed at expanding the diversity of STEM faculty by increasing the number and percentage of underrepresented and traditionally underserved groups, consisting of women, members of minority racial and ethnic groups, persons with disabilities, and those from low socioeconomic backgrounds.
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    College Costs, Tuition & Financial Aid
    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.
  • 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 in the advanced manufacturing sector.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 & Student Success
    The 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.
  • 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. The program recognizes colleges and universities that have redesigned their learning, discovery, and engagement missions to become even more involved with their communities.
  • 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: 2017 APLU Annual Meeting
Public universities find themselves navigating a rapidly changing landscape that demands innovative and creative approaches to excel. The 2017 APLU Annual Meeting opening video offers a quick look at the past year of disruptions in the higher education landscape.

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

U.S. Capitol
As members of Congress consider reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, APLU has developed a series of higher education policy proposals we ask Congress to consider. APLU’s priorities are aimed at improving student success while enhancing our nation’s economic competitiveness.

APLU Staff Highlights

APLU's Jyotishi Speaks on Policy Engagement During National Science Policy Network Workshop
Shalin Jyotishi
Associate, Economic Development and Community Engagement

APLU’s Shalin Jyotishi gave a presentation during a workshop organized by the National Science Policy Network (NSPN) and hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science regarding leveraging the Journal of Science Policy & Governance as a vehicle to engage university student organizations in science, technology and policy debate. Jyotishi serves as the CEO of the journal, an internationally recognized peer-review publication dedicated to empowering university students, post-docs and early-career trainees in policy debate. The presentation recording will be available on the NSPN website later this fall.