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Innovation and Economic Prosperity Universities Designation and Awards Program


Download the Designation Submission Guidelines for the IEP Universities designation program.

Congratulations to the 2015 class of IEP Universities and the 2015 IEP University Award Winners!

To recognize universities that are leaders in spurring and promoting regional economic development, APLU created the Innovation and Economic Prosperity Award. During the pilot year of the award program, participants agreed that the self-study process that was the platform for award application was rigorous enough that it should result in a designation for universities, not simply an award. On October 7, 2013, APLU was proud to announce the inaugural designation of 16 institutions as Innovation and Economic Prosperity Universities.

On October 21, 2013, APLU announced six finalists for the first-ever Innovation and Economic Prosperity University Awards. The winners were announced at the APLU Annual Meeting, at a special Awards Breakfast on Tuesday, November 12.

In 2014, APLU announced IEP University designation for 16 more institutions, and four new winners of IEP Universities awards. A class of 18 additional designated universities was announced in June of 2015 and four institutions were named IEP Award Universities in November of 2015.

On February 5, 2015 we kicked off the 2016 designation program with an IEP Universities Program Overview Webinar. View a recording of the webinar below.

 

 

 

 
  • About the Designation and Awards

    The designation and awards go to APLU member universities that demonstrate excellence and leadership in planning, implementing, and evaluating programs and initiatives that support regional economic development. Participants in the designation process join together in a “learning community” to share strategies and methods as they work towards developing their designation applications.

    After the designations are submitted and announced, institutions can submit applications for awards, which are presented in four categories:

    1. the “Talent” award honors an institution with exemplary initiatives in education and workforce development;
       
    2. the “Innovation” award honors an institution demonstrating outstanding work in technology transfer, entrepreneurship, and business development;
       
    3. the “Place” award recognizes a university that is excelling in community, social, and cultural development work;
       
    4. and a “Connections” award recognizes an institution that is making connections between all of these university-engaged economic development areas.
  • Current IEP Universities Designees and Award Winners

    Thirty institutions have earned the Innovation and Economic Prosperity University designation, and eight institutions have garnered awards.

    • Auburn University, 2015 AWARD WINNER: PLACE
    • Binghamton University, 2015 designee
    • Boise State University, 2013 designee
    • California State University, Fresno, 2013 designee
    • Clemson University, 2015 AWARD WINNER: TALENT
    • East Carolina University, 2015 designee
    • Georgia Institute of Technology, 2014 designee, 2014 AWARD WINNER: INNOVATION
    • Indiana University, 2014 designee
    • Mississippi State University, 2015 designee
    • New Jersey Institute of Technology, 2015 designee
    • New Mexico State University, 2015 designee
    • North Carolina State University, 2014 designee, 2014 AWARD WINNER: PLACE
    • Northern Illinois University, 2013 designee, 2013 AWARD WINNER: PLACE
    • The Ohio State University, 2013 designee
    • Ohio University, 2015 designee
    • The Pennsylvania State University, 2014 designee
    • Purdue University, 2014 designee
    • South Dakota State University, 2014 designee
    • Southern Illinois University, 2015 designee
    • The State University of New York, 2013 designee, 2013 AWARD WINNER: INNOVATION
    • Texas Tech University, 2014 designee
    • University of Arizona, 2015 designee
    • University of Central Florida, 2013 designee
    • University of Cincinnati, 2013 designee, 2013 AWARD WINNER: OVERALL
    • University of Georgia, 2013 designee
    • University of Houston, 2014 designee, 2014 AWARD WINNER: CONNECTIONS
    • University of Idaho, 2013 designee
    • University of Illinois, 2014 designee
    • University of Kansas, 2015 designee
    • University of Louisville, 2015 designee
    • University of Maryland, 2015 AWARD WINNER: CONNECTIONS
    • University of Massachusetts Boston, 2014 designee, 2014 AWARD WINNER: TALENT
    • University of Massachusetts Lowell, 2014 designee
    • University of Memphis, 2013 designee
    • University of Michigan, 2013 designee, 2013 AWARD WINNER: INNOVATION
    • University of Minnesota, 2013 designee, 2015 AWARD WINNER: INNOVATION
    • University of Missouri, 2013 designee
    • University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2015 designee
    • University of New Mexico, 2015 designee
    • University of Oklahoma, 2013 designee
    • University of Pittsburgh, 2014 designee
    • University of South Florida, 2015 designee
    • University of Toledo, 2013 designee
    • Utah State University, 2015 designee
    • Virginia Tech, 2014 designee
    • Washington State University, 2013 designee
    • Wayne State University, 2014 designee
    • Western University, 2015 designee
  • 2016 Process

    If your university is interested in participating in the 2016 IEP Universities program, please note the following.

    April 26, 2016 Overview Webinar: The IEP Universities Committee of CICEP presented a webinar for universities interested in participating in the 2016 program. View a recording of the webinar here.

    The provide an in-depth view of what is required to apply for the IEP Universities designation.

    The CICEP Economic Engagement Framework is central to the institutional economic engagement self-study that precedes your application for designation. Interested institutions should download these tools right away and begin getting familiar with them.

    2016 Timeline and Process
    The designation and awards program comprises three different activities 1) institutional economic engagement self-study and stakeholder engagement, 2) application for designation, 3) application for awards. Universities must have received the designation to apply for the awards program. All universities who have received the designation, even if the designation was received in a previous year, may apply for awards.

    February - August 2015:

    • Download and get familiar with the CICEP Economic Engagement Framework
    • Plan to participate in the CICEP Summer Meeting and IEP Universities Summit, including an IEP Universities Current and Future Designees' Workshop, May 31 - June 3, 2015 in Raleigh, NC--details will be provided in the IEP Universities Overview Webinar.

    September, 2015:

    • Begin participating in 2016 IEP Universities cohort conference calls and online learning community to share ideas and learn from one another. These conference calls will be held every other week.
    • Begin planning your institution's approach to the self-study and stakeholder engagement processes.

    By September 4, 2015:

    • Notify APLU of your university's plan to conduct the self-study and stakeholder engagement by submitting a letter of intent to participate. A template for a letter from your president/chancellor will be provided by APLU.

    September, 2015 - February, 2016:

    • Continue participating in 2016 IEP Universities cohort conference calls and online learning community to share ideas and learn from one another
    • Conduct institutional economic engagement self-study and stakeholder engagement. Details about your approach to the self-study will be addressed in the orientation process, and we will encourage you to build on the tools included in CICEP's "Economic Engagement Framework" for your self study and stakeholder engagement.

    By September 25, 2015:

    • Submit a one- to two-page description of your institution's self-study plan, including a timeline and specifics about activities

    By March 4, 2016:

    • Register your intent to submit an application for IEP University Designation (only those institutions who have previously submitted a letter of intent to participate on or before September 4, 2015 may register their intent to submit an application at this point).

    March, 2016:

    • Prepare designation submission (approximately 20 - 30 pages), including: narrative description of self-study process and university economic engagement enterprise, brief descriptions of university accomplishments, and an improvement plan targeting areas for growth in university's economic engagement.

    April 15, 2016:

    • Deadline to submit application for designation.

    June, 2016 (date TBD):

    • IEP Universities Designation and Awards Program Workshop (in conjunction with the CICEP Summer Meeting)

    June, 2016 (date TBD):

    • Applicants notified of designation status, designees announced.

    By June 24, 2016:

    • Register your intent to submit an application for an IEP Universities award. Only institutions which have received the designation qualify. Institutions who have received the designation in previous years can submit award applications.

    July - August 2016:

    • Prepare award application (about 6 - 12 pages), including a brief overview of general university accomplishments in economic engagement, and three case studies of specific economic engagement accomplishments in talent (education and workforce development), innovation (commercialization, entrepreneurship, etc.), place (community, social, cultural development), or overall (examples of how the university connects all three areas of economic engagement--talent, innovation, and place).

    August 12, 2016:

    • Deadline to submit application for IEP Universities awards.

    September, 2016:

    • Award finalists announced.


    November, 2016:

    • Award winners announced at APLU Annual Meeting (November 13 - 15, Austin, TX)

    Please contact any of the following for more information:

    Jim Woodell
    APLU Assistant Vice President, Innovation and Technology Policy
    Staff Director for CICEP
    jwoodell@aplu.org
    202-478-6044

    Duane Dunlap
    Director of Research, Innovation, and Graduate Education, Purdue University School of Engineering Technology
    IEP Universities Co-Chair
    ddunlap@purdue.edu

    Ozlem Garibay
    Executive Director, Research Information Systems, University of Central Floriday
    IEP Universities Co-Chair
    Ozlem.Garibay@ucf.edu

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