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November 14, 2017
Washington, DC – Public universities must renew their commitment to student and workforce needs, a new study the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) released today asserts. The report, Ready for Jobs, Careers, and a Lifetime: Public Research Universities and Credentials that Count, says that public universities need to not only help prepare their students for a successful life through a general education, but also address workforce needs and prepare students to thrive throughout their professional career. The report also lays out several concrete steps public universities can take to do exactly that.
November 13, 2017
Washington, DC – Campus-wide engagement is essential to achieving increased student retention and graduation, according to a new study the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) released today. The report is available at
November 13, 2017
Washington, DC – The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) today 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.
November 12, 2017
Washington, DC – Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) President Peter McPherson yesterday wrote to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch and Ranking Member Ron Wyden detailing strong concerns that public research universities have with provisions in the version of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act that the Senate Finance Committee is expected to markup this week. The letter, which was also sent to each House and Senate office, notes that those provisions would ultimately impact the services students receive and tuition they pay, and impede efforts to develop the highly-skilled workforce needed to propel our nation’s economy forward.
November 12, 2017
Washington, DC – At its 130th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the Experiment Station Section today recognized a multistate research project spanning 21 public universities and two federal agencies with its 2017 National Multistate Research Award. The project, Water Management and Quality for Ornamental Crop Production and Health, studied water use by growers of ornamental plants that are often used for landscaping. The project then used outreach efforts to help growers increase the efficiency of their water use, improve related practices and enhance environmental stewardship