More than 1,450 public university leaders gathered in Washington, DC for the 2017 APLU Annual Meeting, making it the largest-ever annual meeting.
The meeting's theme, The Age of Disruption: Navigating, Innovating, and Excelling, examined how public research universities must reform to thrive in the 21st Century and in so doing help our communities thrive too. Keynote speakers included Regina Dugan, Vice President of Engineering at Facebook, and Bob Woodward, Two-Time Pulitzer Prize Winner and Associate Editor of the Washington Post.
At the meeting, APLU named a new board of directors, announced winners of its four institutional awards, and named winners of USDA national teaching awards. Learn more below.
APLU Announces 2018 Board of Directors, University System of Maryland Chancellor Bob Caret to Chair the Board APLU announced its 2018 Board of Directors. At a ceremony during the association’s 130th Annual Meeting, University System of Maryland Chancellor Bob Caret became Chair of the Board, taking over for University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan. The Board of Directors provides oversight and direction for APLU’s work and is charged with setting membership and governing policies for the association. Board members work to make public institutions of higher education more effective in delivering high quality and affordable higher education alongside cutting-edge research and robust community and economic engagement.
APLU Names Three Public Research Universities Winners of 2017 Innovation & Economic Prosperity University Awards APLU named named three winners of its sixth annual Innovation & Economic Prosperity (IEP) University Awards. The winners – Iowa State University, Kansas State University, and the University of Maryland – competed in four different categories that recognize different components of economic engagement. Iowa State University won the “talent” category and Kansas State University won the “innovation” category. The University of Maryland won both the “place” and top-prize in the competition, the “economic engagement connections” award, becoming the first university to become win IEP University Awards winner in multiple categories or in multiple years.
APLU Names University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa 2017 Project Degree Completion Award Winner APLU named the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM) the winner of its 2017 Project Degree Completion Award during a ceremony at its annual meeting in Washington, DC. The annual Project Degree Completion Award identifies and honors institutions using innovative strategies or programs to increase retention and graduation outcomes and/or decrease achievement gaps. To markedly boost graduation rates, UHM launched its Student Engagement, Retention, and Graduation plan in 2007.
Iowa State and Purdue University Faculty Members Win USDA National Teaching Awards for Food and Agricultural Sciences APLU honored S. Suzanne Nielsen of Purdue University and Ann Marie VanDerZanden of Iowa State University as recipients of the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Excellence in College and University Teaching Awards for Food and Agricultural Sciences. Five regional and two new teacher awardees were also named recipients of the 2017 Excellence in College and University Teaching Awards for Food and Agricultural Sciences. The awards, which celebrate university faculty for their use of innovative teaching methods and service to students, were presented at the 130th APLU Annual Meeting now underway in Washington, DC.
APLU Report Calls on Universities to Evolve Tech Transfer Practices to Maximize Impact Public universities have made key strides in evolving their technology transfer activities, but must take additional steps to address the demands of the innovation economy, according to a new report. APLU’s Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Economic Prosperity produced the report to help public research universities evolve toward more comprehensive technology transfer efforts. The report, Technology Transfer Evolution: Driving Economic Prosperity, calls on universities to accelerate their transition to a technology transfer model that reflects a broader engagement in economic development, and that connects to and supports the learning and discovery missions of universities.