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APLU's councils enable senior public university leaders working in similar positions to come together to address critical issues and expand their knowledgebase within their professional area of expertise.

  • Council of 1890 Universities
    The Council of 1890 Universities is works to collectively represent the interests of 1890 land-grant institutions, including Tuskegee University, University of the District of Columbia and the University of the Virgin Islands.  The council seeks to ensure and increase funding, present a unified approach for the presentation of views regarding 1890 institutions and to serve as a forum to share ideas and resources.  The council works with other 1890 associations in developing a comprehensive agenda regarding congressional and federal policies and programs impacting 1890 institutions.
  • Council of Presidents
    The Council of Presidents provides a forum for university CEOs to shape APLU’s agenda and policies.
  • Council of Presidents’ & Chancellors’ Spouses/Partners
    The Council of Presidents & Chancellors’ Spouses/Partners facilitates exchanges among the partners of public university CEOs. As this role has evolved over time, the council promotes best practices and provides an opportunity for informational exchanges.
  • Council on Academic Affairs (CAA)
    The Council on Academic Affairs (CAA) is composed of the chief academic officers: provosts or senior vice presidents for academic affairs where they are a campus’s second ranking officer.  The CAA provides a forum for discussion of: trends in higher education and the public mission; funding patterns and budget strategies; teaching and learning innovations; faculty roles and rewards; academic programs, planning, and advising; research and publication; and service and engagement with other sectors.  The CAA advises the Council of Presidents and the APLU Board of Directors regarding association priorities and agendas in these areas.
  • Council on Engagement and Outreach (CEO)
    The Council on Engagement and Outreach (CEO) is composed of university administrators responsible for outreach, engagement, community development, extension, and other functions at their universities. The council provides formal and informal forums for members to discuss and take action on issues relevant to the array of institutional efforts in public service, outreach, and community engagement. CEO also supports members in developing plans, programs, and policies related to outreach, engagement, extended education, community relations, engaged scholarship, service learning, extension, and a variety of other activities that create university impact in communities.  The council works closely with the Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Economic Prosperity on issues related to regional and economic development.
  • Council on Governmental Affairs (CGA)
    The Council on Governmental Affairs (CGA) includes the university officials who serve as the principal points of contact between their institutions and their congressional delegations and federal agencies.  A very active APLU council, the CGA is a network of university government relations professionals who advocate for public research universities in federal legislation and federal policy.  Members of the CGA are based on campus and/or in the institution’s Washington, DC offices.  Typically, they are VPs, directors and assistant directors for government affairs/relations for their institution.
  • Council on Research (CoR)
    The Council on Research (CoR) is composed of the senior research and graduate officers: vice presidents for research and graduate deans. CoR provides a forum for the discussion of research development and management, research policies and regulation, budget strategies, faculty roles, graduate education, research collaboration among universities and across sectors, and the importance of research to the overall mission of APLU member institutions.  The group works closely with the Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Economic Prosperity on issues related to intellectual property and technology development; and with the Council on Governmental Affairs in monitoring government legislation and regulations affecting campus-based research and graduate education.
  • Council on Strategic Communications (CSC)
    The Council on Strategic Communications (CSC) provides a forum for strengthening the work of senior campus leaders in communications and public affairs, and public relations.  The council works to create coherent messaging and effective strategies around communicating the value of public higher education to key constituencies.  The CSC works closely with the Council on Government Affairs (CGA) on messages important to federal and state policymakers as well as with the Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Economic Prosperity on the (CICEP) on issues of communicating economic development.
  • Council on Student Affairs (CSA)
    The Council on Student Affairs (CSA) is composed of the senior student affairs or student life officers at member institutions and university systems.  The CSA provides forums for the discussion and dissemination of information on issues related to the college student experience: co-curricular opportunities; personal and professional growth; learning, progress, and completion; mental and physical health and wellness; and/or fundamental needs such as housing, financial aid, transportation, and food. The CSA advocates within APLU and works cooperatively with other councils and commissions to enhance institutional effectiveness and the student experience in these areas.

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