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Policy & Advocacy

Overview

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.

Our Goals

  • To support student success through federal policies that make public universities more accessible and affordable regardless of economic background.
  • To ensure strong levels of federal research investment so that public universities can continue to carry out cutting-edge research and develop innovative new technologies that help power the U.S. economy forward, improve health, strengthen national security, and enhance our overall quality of life.
  • To collectively build strong relationships with members of Congress and the Executive Branch to advance the mission of public universities.
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Hot Issues

  • APLU Statement on Trump Administration’s Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Blueprint

    APLU President Peter McPherson released a statement regarding the Trump administration’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget blueprint:

    “The Trump administration’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget blueprint for research and higher education would have devastating short and long-term consequences for the United States and the American people. This blueprint represents the first step in the FY2018 budget process. We want to work with the administration and Congress for an outcome that will protect research and higher education programs, which are key ingredients for economic growth and have traditionally enjoyed bipartisan support...

    Click here to read the full statement

  • Executive Orders on Immigration
    APLU President Peter McPherson released a statement regarding President Trump’s latest executive order temporarily prohibiting the issuing of new visas to citizens from six countries. While the revised executive order is more limited in scope than the first one, the impact is significant. The effect of this new order goes well beyond just the higher education community, but as a public university association we are particularly aware of how this will impact campuses.

    Click here to read the full statement
  • Working with the New Administration

    Federal investments in higher education and scientific research pay great dividends for the United States and are a central component of growing the nation’s economy. U.S. public research universities are ready to work with the new administration. Our nation’s public institutions of higher education play an essential role in delivering educating the vast majority of students in postsecondary education, performing the majority of university-based federally-funded scientific research, and engaging with communities to share knowledge.

Current Work

White House Budget
APLU monitors federal agency and program budgets of relevance to the higher education and scientific research community. In addition, APLU closely follows the congressional appropriations process.
University of Wisconsin Madison
APLU and our members work to ensure strong funding for federal financial aid programs.  Together we engage federal policymakers as they work to update and revise higher education and student aid legislation and regulations.
University of Akron
APLU promotes research and science policy issues important to our member institutions, particularly strong investments in research funding to ensure the U.S. remains the global innovation leader.  Our work also includes bolstering support for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.
University of Arkansas
APLU advocates on behalf of agricultural research, extension, and education funding as well as funding for research and education programs at USGS, NOAA and EPA. The association is also heavily involved in advocating for beneficial language regarding university priorities in each Farm Bill. Staff also tracks federal legislation and administration activities relevant to atmospheric, climate, ecological, forestry, fish & wildlife, oceanic, rangeland management, and water sciences.
North Carolina State University
Technology transfer and intellectual property issues are of critical importance to APLU institutions. It is essential that public policy encourages innovation on our campuses which drives our economy, and improves health and quality of life for so many by incentivizing discoveries and moving good ideas to full development and commercialization. This technology transfer process is a vital role of research universities.
Temple University Student Center
APLU drives an agenda to support the international work of U.S. public research universities, including engagement in international development, internationalization of curriculum and campuses, including study abroad, and the development of globally competent students.
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Tax and finance related policy issues broadly impact universities.  Tax benefits that support students and families to make higher education more affordable, incentives to promote charitable giving that supports institutions’ educational and research missions, bonds to facilitate expansion and improvement of university infrastructure, and policies that impact universities as tax-exempt entities and employers, are some of the issues in this area on which APLU advocates.

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Golden Goose AwrdThe 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.

 

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