APLU’s Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Economic Prosperity (CICEP) was created to help leaders of APLU member universities—including presidents and chancellors, senior research officers, provosts, other officers and their staffs—plan, assess, and communicate their institutions’ work in local and regional economic development. CICEP members are concerned with the study and effective practice of university economic engagement - efforts that foster innovation and entrepreneurship, talent and workforce development, and social, cultural and community development through the stewardship and development of place— all with an emphasis on collaborating with partners from government, communities and industry.
Members of CICEP include leaders and professionals from across the university campus who work on issues related to university engagement in economic development, including vice presidents/chancellors, directors, and staff from:
Talent and workforce development
Corporate and foundation relations
Research and graduate administration
Public and governmental affairs
Business and engineering departments
Others connected to the university role and impact in economic development.
CICEP leads efforts to share best practices in these areas, and develops tools to help public research universities build and enhance partnerships with government, industry, and other science, research, and economic development organizations.
CICEP leads APLU efforts to promote, facilitate, support, and communicate about university economic engagement.
CICEP is a nationally and internationally recognized resource for sharing best practices in economic engagement among public research university leaders and their teams. CICEP develops best practices for leadership engagement, innovation, entrepreneurship, technology transfer, commercialization, university partnerships, talent and workforce development, and cultivation of "place" in regions. CICEP also coordinates development of new tools and resources for public research universities to better measure their activities and contributions to the local, state, regional, national and global economy.
Convener of Partnerships
CICEP acts as a key convener and collaborator to develop strong connections and partnerships among leadership of APLU member universities and with external partners from industry, government, and other science, research, and economic development organizations.
In consultation with university leaders and staff members responsible for economic engagement efforts, CICEP develops communication strategies to bring greater clarity and visibility to university economic development work. Strategies emphasize deepening industry, government, and public commitment to our universities and their role in economic prosperity.
APLU believes public and land-grant universities should dramatically expand engagement efforts with partners in the communities they serve—members of the public, community organizations, business and industry, state and local government, and others.
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.
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.