APLU and its Council on Governmental Affairs (CGA) along with the Council on Strategic Communications (CSC) work closely with fellow higher education groups, the business community, scientific organizations, and others on a range of issues and causes. A core focus of our effort involves drawing on the collective strength of our member institutions to effectively advocate for federal policies and funding levels that support and enhance the work of public research universities.
Prior to the partical government shutdown, APLU President Peter McPherson released a statement about the impacts on public universities and their communities.
"...A partial shutdown would have a real impact on public universities and their ability to conduct research in areas that are key to our economy, national security, and quality of life. The National Science Foundation, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Geological Survey, National Endowment for the Humanities, and NASA would be among the agencies that would shutter operations under a government closure..."
APLU President Peter McPherson released a following statement hailing the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill.
“APLU applauds the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, which makes critical investments in agricultural research, education, and extension efforts. The bill boosts support for our nation’s land-grant universities by enabling those institutions to bolster essential research programs and help modernize outdated research facilities while educating the next generation of the agricultural workforce. We are also grateful that the bill strengthens Cooperative Extension efforts aimed at helping farmers, at-risk youth, and others who benefit from various community-based initiatives.
“The education, research, and extension work of our land-grant universities improves and saves lives, strengthens communities, and ensures the next generation will carry that mission forward. The Farm Bill supports all of those efforts..."
The Golden Goose Award helps to demonstrate the human and economic benefits of federally funded research by highlighting examples of seemingly obscure studies that have led to major breakthroughs and resulted in significant societal impact.