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Public university leaders have spent years creating and testing solutions to help students succeed in college, complete their degrees, and be well-prepared for the workforce. These efforts have achieved significant success at individual institutions, but have not been fully brought to scale across the public higher education sector.
APLU created a new national Center for Public University Transformation to grow, innovate, and sustain effective solutions that are scalable across the diverse set of institutions comprising the public university sector.
To achieve this vision, APLU’s Center will convene 100 change-ready universities within 14 “transformation clusters” and two state systems – reaching more than two million undergraduate students nationwide. Each 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.
Public research universities share a commitment to providing students from all backgrounds an affordable, high-quality education that aligns with workforce needs. APLU will work with the institutions in the transformation clusters to facilitate a collaborative community of learning so the entire public higher education community can identify and adopt evidence-based practices that drive progress toward equity and college completion.
As of July 13, 2018, the APLU Transformation Cluster Initiative is no longer accepting new members. To form the clusters, APLU reached out to all United States-based APLU members with a Request for Interest for the initiative. Although the application deadline will soon pass, institutions can reach out to Julia Michaels, Director of the APLU Center for Public University Transformation, to express their interest in joining the initiative should a second application period be opened at a later date.
APLU’s overall proposed strategy for organizational change contains three core elements: