The infographic, Scanning the Engagement Landscape: University Engagement by the Numbers, demonstrates that engagement, outreach, and community partnerships are central to the work of our APLU member universities.
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.
Since 2006, APLU's Council on Engagement and Outreach (CEO) 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 Regional Engagement Toolkit provided access to resources for universities and their partners to sustain regional community, workforce, and economic development.
The centrality of engagement is critical to the success of higher education in the future. Engagement is essential to most effectively achieving the overall purpose of the university, which is focused on the knowledge enterprise.