As part of its ongoing efforts to increase degree completion, APLU named Boise State University, Colorado State University, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, the University of Texas at Austin, and Western Michigan University as finalists for its 2017 Project Degree Completion Award. The annual prize works to identify, recognize, and reward institutions that employ innovative approaches to improve retention and degree completion. One of the five finalists will be named the 2017 Project Degree Completion Award winner during the APLU Annual Meeting, November 12-14, in Washington, D.C. In this first part of a five-part series, APLU profiles Boise State University and its Freshmen Success Task Force.
APLU is currently accepting applications from member institutions interested in pursuing the Innovation and Economic Prosperity (IEP) University Designation, which recognizes universities that are leaders in spurring and promoting regional economic development and engagement. Participating institutions complete a rigorous self-study of their economic engagement enterprise and earn APLU’s IEP university designation if enough benchmarks are met. Institutions that earn the designation are then eligible to apply for APLU’s IEP University Awards, which recognize leaders in the categories of Talent, Innovation, Place, and Connections. Throughout the process, designated campuses as well as institutions seeking the designation are given access to the Learning Exchange – a platform for learning, sharing, and engaging with peers in university economic engagement.