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University of Wisconsin Madison
Center for
Public University Transformation

Julia Michaels
Deputy Executive Director
Center for Public
University Transformation
(202) 478-6071
jmichaels@aplu.org

Goals

Specifically, the transformation clusters will help 100 public research universities collectively work to:

  1. Produce hundreds of thousands more degrees by 2025.
     
  2. Eliminate the achievement gap for low-income, minority, and first-generation students, while maintaining or expanding access to higher education for these students.
     
  3. Share key data within the clusters and promulgate proven practices across the entire public higher education sector.

*A more formal goal will be based on consultations with participating universities.

Project Highlights

  • 100 change-ready universities
  • 10 transformation clusters
  • 2 million undergraduates

Project Goals

  • Produce hundreds of thousands* more degrees by 2025
  • Eliminate the achievement gap while expanding access
  • Share key data within the clusters and promulgate proven practices across the entire public higher education sector.

Strategy

APLU’s overall proposed strategy for organizational change contains three core elements:

  • Align APLU’s existing degree completion initiatives into the Center for Public University Transformation to focus efforts and accelerate shared goals;
     
  • Collaborate with member universities and, where appropriate, community colleges to scale evidence-based strategies and incubate new solutions for student success that can be applied across a diverse set of institutions; and
     
  • Build a set of national partnerships to diffuse lessons learned and drive progress across the higher education sector.