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To recognize universities that are leaders in spurring and promoting regional economic development, APLU created the Innovation and Economic Prosperity Award. During the pilot year of the award program, participants agreed that the self-study process that was the platform for award application was rigorous enough that it should result in a designation for universities, not simply an award. On October 7, 2013, APLU was proud to announce the inaugural designation of 16 institutions as Innovation and Economic Prosperity Universities.
On October 21, 2013, APLU announced six finalists for the first-ever Innovation and Economic Prosperity University Awards. The winners were announced at the APLU Annual Meeting, at a special Awards Breakfast on Tuesday, November 12.
The designation and awards go to APLU member universities that demonstrate excellence and leadership in planning, implementing, and evaluating programs and initiatives that support regional economic development. In an approach that is somewhat novel, participants in the designation program join together in a “learning community” to share strategies and methods as they work towards developing their designation applications.
After the designations are submitted and announced, institutions can submit applications for awards, which are presented in four categories: 1) the “Talent” award honors an institution with exemplary initiatives in education and workforce development; 2) the “Innovation” award honors an institution demonstrating outstanding work in technology transfer, entrepreneurship, and business development; 3) the “Place” award recognizes a university that is excelling in community, social, and cultural development work; and an 4) “Overall” award recognizes an institution that is making connections between all of these university-engaged economic development areas.
Nearly 30 universities are signed up and participating in the 2014 designation program. As detailed below, designees will be announced in July, after which time all designees (including 2013 designees) will be eligible to apply for awards.
The CICEP Assessment Tools and CICEP New Metrics are central to the institutional economic engagement self-study. Interested institutions should download these tools (Assessment Tools, New Metrics User Guide) right away and begin getting familiar with them.
The designation and awards program comprises three different activities 1) institutional economic engagement self-study, 2) application for designation, 3) application for awards. Universities must have received the designation to apply for the awards program. All universities who have received the designation, even if the designation was received in a previous year, may apply for awards.
Please contact any of the following for more information:
Jim WoodellAPLU Assistant Vice President, Innovation and Technology PolicyStaff Director for CICEPjwoodell@aplu.org202-478-6044
Doug BanksUniversity of Massachusetts Associate Vice President for Economic DevelopmentIEP Universities Co-Chairdbanks@umassp.edu
Tyler DugginsUniversity of Georgia, Office of Economic DevelopmentIEP Universities Co-Chairtduggins@uga.edu
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