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Webinar on Innovation and Economic Prosperity Universities Designation April 26

April 10, 2017

The APLU Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Economic Prosperity’s Innovation and Economic Prosperity (IEP) Universities program will host an informational webinar on Wednesday, April 26th from 1-2 PM EST. The IEP Universities program was created in 2013 to recognize universities that are leaders in spurring and promoting regional economic development and a total of 55 universities have earned the designation since the program’s inception. 

All APLU members interested in learning more about the IEP Universities program are encouraged to register for the event. The webinar will explore different dimensions of the program, such as:

  • IEP designation criteria;
  • IEP designation process timeline;
  • IEP awards;
  • Foundations of the IEP designation and awards framework; and
  • Strategies for developing an effective application.

Institutions participating in the program report that its in-depth application process leads to insights about economic engagement efforts, strengthens relationships with campus members and community partners, and in some cases leads to the formation of new collaborations, initiatives, and/or programs.

Dr. Robert H. Jones, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at Clemson University, noted that “Clemson’s participation in the IEP university designation process led to a new vision for the type of organizational structure that will most effectively serve our efforts in the future.” Similarly, Dr. John M. Mason, Jr., Vice President for Research & Economic Development at Auburn University, observed that the IEP Universities program “provided us with a thorough internal review of our economic development and engagement activity, and enabled us to be both strategic and deliberate in planning for the future.”

If you would like to learn more about the program process, timeline, and/or benefits please register for the event!

For questions about the webinar or the IEP Universities Program, please contact Mark Rivera.

  • Economic Development & Engagement
  • Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness, & Economic Prosperity
  • IEP Designation

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