APLU’s Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness and Economic Prosperity (CICEP) established the Innovation and Economic Prosperity (IEP) Universities Program to recognize institutions who have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to economic and community development. The IEP Universities program helps institutions to codify, elevate and advance their economic engagement enterprise which encompasses the many and varied ways universities work with their public-private partners to carry out:
More than 60 institutions have earned this distinguished international recognition. IEP Universities complete a rigorous self-study of their economic engagement enterprise that allows them to inventory their true societal and economic impact while identifying strengths and areas of improvement in economic engagement. They exchange ideas and best practices with peers around North America, and strengthen their overall ecosystem supporting economic prosperity.
Once designation, the institution enters a vibrant national community of practice. Designated institutions are often times called upon to participate in special opportunities and events including national and international speaking engagements, tours of federal agencies/national organizations and other initiatives undertaken by APLU and partner organizations to advance and elevate the profile university economic engagement across North America and around the world.
Institutions pursuing the designation as well as designated institutions are highly encouraged to attend the annual IEP Universities workshop which takes place at each CICEP Summer Meeting. Engagement opportunities are also planned during each APLU Annual Meeting.
Read the IEP Universities Program flier for more information. Questions regarding the IEP universities program should be addressed to the IEP Universities Program Manager Shalin Jyotishi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first step to formally begin your pursuit of the IEP University designation is to review the guidelines which include full details on deadlines, process, timeline and more. APLU members must have the institution’s president or chancellor must send a formal letter of intent to pursue the designation directed to APLU's President. A template of the letter will be provided to you. Non-APLU members must submit their letter of intent to the University Economic Development Association (learn more about APLU's IEP partnership with UEDA). Full details regarding the designation application process, timeline and guidelines can be found on the IEP Universities Submission Process and Guidelines webpage.