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1890 Universities

Twenty-eight years after the passage of the Morrill Act of 1862, Congress enacted a second Morrill Act establishing Black land-grant universities.  The legislation gave states funds to establish state universities for persons of color if race was an admissions factor at the existing state university.  Commonly referred to as 1890 Universities, these institutions have a track record of “serving the underserved” and “reaching the unreached.”  Today, these campuses are proud to remain the custodians of access to and opportunity for higher education in underserved communities.

The Council of 1890 Universities, comprised of presidents and chancellors of APLU-member historically Black land-grant universities, primarily addresses all matters pertaining to strengthening teaching, research and extension programs at these important institutions. The purpose of the Council is to represent collectively the interests of 1890 land-grant institutions while seeking to maintain, insure and increase funding, to present a unified approach for presentation of views regarding these 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.



Clemson University
Access & Diversity
The Minority Male in STEM Initiative (MMSI) is designed to increase the recruitment and matriculation of underrepresented minority (URM) males in the STEM disciplines at public universities.
Female student working with computers in a science lab
Urban Initiatives
The Transformational Planning Grant supports a cohort of seven public urban research universities as they spend a year planning and designing new business models and innovative approaches to increase access, improve success rates and find greater cost efficiencies.
Female student cheering at NIU Commencement
College Costs, Tuition & Financial Aid
APLU and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) developed Project Degree Completion in which nearly 500 public colleges and universities have pledged to collectively award 3.8 million more degrees by 2025.
Urban Initiatives
Collaborating for Change (CFC) is an initiative working to spur student success by driving transformational change at public urban research universities across the country.
Urban Initiatives
Public research universities located in urban centers play a crucial role anchoring the community, fostering neighborhood and economic development of their cities, and advancing the health, education and well-being of city residents.
Access & Diversity
The purpose of the Commission on Access, Diversity and Excellence Summer Meeting is to build a network of institutions that are committed to implementing an action-oriented agenda to improve student outcomes by convening university presidents, provosts, chief diversity officers, student affairs professionals, and enrollment managers to develop and share campus-based strategies.
Learning Technology
To help college and university leaders implement new systems for redesigning advising and supporting students across their campuses, APLU developed an online course: A SMART Approach to Student Success: Strategic Management of Advising Reform and Technology.
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.
University of Mississippi
Access & Diversity
The Commission on Access, Diversity and Excellence Distinguished Service Award was established to recognize and honor an individual who has made significant contributions within the major focus areas of the Commission.
Central State University
Access & Diversity
The HBCU ICE Collaborative is a cohort of 15 public and private HBCUs that are committed to participating in a multi-year collaboration that will foster innovation, commercialization and entrepreneurship on their respective campuses to improve student success by implementing new institutional courses, transforming faculty pedagogy and creating partnerships with government and private industries.
2015 PDC Award Winner
Degree Completion
The Project 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.
Courtesy of the University of Central Florida
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.
Missouri University of Science and Technology campus in the spring
Accountability & Transparency
Concerned about the complexities and practicality of the Obama administration’s college ratings plan, APLU developed a proposal that shares the underlying broad goals of improved transparency and accountability, but does not rate or rank institutions.
Access & Diversity
The HBCU Summit convenes HBCU senior level administrators, faculty, students and other stakeholders to understand how noncognitive factors influence student success.