Each transformation cluster will determine how to work together to refine, implement, and scale innovative practices that address shared challenges among the participating institutions. Clusters may, for example, choose to work on adaptive courseware, proactive advising, or completion-focused financial aid approaches that are unique or appropriate for the students attending institutions in the cluster.
To develop the transformation clusters, APLU will build upon its existing networks of institutions that are addressing shared challenges or expanding capacity in similar areas. Clusters may form around geographic areas or types of institutions.
A core value of the APLU Center for Public University Transformation and its participating institutions will be rooted in a commitment to sharing data and innovative, successful practices to help drive progress across the entire sector of public higher education. The Center will regularly disseminate lessons learned from the 100 participating institutions to the broader public higher education community.
A national advisory council of respected higher education thought leaders will provide a strategic vision and guidance for the Center, which will work to build upon and complement existing initiatives around institutional change and student success.
To improve the association’s ability to scale student success initiatives, APLU received a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support internal reorganization and capacity-building efforts.