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Projects & Initiatives

Accountability & Transparency

APLU provides innovative tools, metrics, and reporting frameworks for public universities to better tell their stories to students, policymakers, and the public with evidence and data.

Accountability & Transparency
The Excellence in Assessment (EIA) program – the first national initiative of its kind – recognizes institutions that successfully integrate assessment practices across campus, provide evidence of student learning outcomes, and use assessment results to guide institutional decision-making and improve student performance.
Accountability & Transparency
The Post-Collegiate Outcomes (PCO) collaborative project recently released a framework and toolkit to facilitate the discussion, compilation, and reporting of post collegiate outcomes.
Female student cheering at NIU Commencement
College Costs, Tuition & Financial Aid
APLU and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) developed Project Degree Completion in which nearly 500 public colleges and universities have pledged to collectively award 3.8 million more degrees by 2025.
Courtesy of the University of Central Florida
College Costs, Tuition & Financial Aid
APLU’s Public University Values (#PublicUValues) campaign seeks to help better explain key facts about the value of public universities and to clarify some common misconceptions.
Missouri University of Science and Technology campus in the spring
Accountability & Transparency
Concerned about the complexities and practicality of the Obama administration’s college ratings plan, APLU developed a proposal that shares the underlying broad goals of improved transparency and accountability, but does not rate or rank institutions.
Accountability & Transparency
The Student Achievement Measure (SAM) provides a comprehensive picture of student progress on their path to earning a college degree or certificate. As compared to the limitations of typical graduation rate measures, SAM reports more outcomes for more students.
Accountability & Transparency
Simple, straightforward presentation of comparable information directly from public universities at no charge to students and families. Data elements selected based on input from students and families seeking trustworthy data.