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    APLU Virtual Mental Health Summit
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    Register today for APLU's Virtual Mental Health Summit being held May 25 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. EDT. It is no secret that the state of our student’s mental health has been a rising concern for campus administrators for the last decade. Indeed, the COVID pandemic has only exacerbated these concerns. In response to this trend and feedback from our membership, we are pleased to announce the first APLU Virtual Summit specifically addressing mental health. We have partnered with leading voices across the United States to provide a discussion on the state of student mental health from a variety of vantage points and perspectives. This summit is free to attend.
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    APLU Names Mark Becker as Its Next President
    Becker will succeed Peter McPherson, who announced last year that he would retire after more than 16 years as president.
    APLU today announced that Mark P. Becker, former president of Georgia State University and lifelong champion of equity and student success, will serve as the next president of the association, effective September 1, 2022.
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    Student Experience Project Releases First Day Toolkit
    The Toolkit is Designed to Help Faculty Foster Student Belonging
    Over a decade of social psychology research has demonstrated how students’ sense of belonging impacts their success in the classroom. The findings are clear: learning environments where students feel like they belong and are supported to succeed lead to better academic outcomes.
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    Advancing Equity & University Transformation During Major Changes
    With APLU, USU, and the Frontier Set
    The Frontier Set seeks to understand how to advance transformational change amid senior leadership transitions, institutional mergers, and performance-based state funding models. APLU and USU are releasing in-depth case studies from Florida International University, Portland State University, and Georgia State University as roadmaps with insights to help other institutions address these shifts.
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    HEERF Works:
    How Grants Have Supported Students at Public Research Universities
    In the two years since a national emergency was declared due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our nation’s colleges and universities have worked tirelessly to guide students and campus communities through the resulting public health and economic crises. This federal support has been instrumental in helping institutions navigate the changing conditions these past two years, protect public health, support students, and chart a course forward for campus communities.
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    APLU Joins Double Pell Alliance in National Campaign to Double the Maximum Pell Grant
    The campaign features a new website,, that provides students and families with tools to communicate with Congress in support of doubling Pell, engage on social media, and share personal stories about how the Pell Grant has helped them.
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  • Degree Completion & Student Success
    Powered by Publics is convening nearly 125 change-ready institutions within 16 “transformation clusters” focused on solving different pieces of the student success puzzle. Participating institutions are working collaboratively to increase college access, eliminate the achievement gap, and award hundreds of thousands more degrees by 2025.
  • STEM Education
    Aspire: The National Alliance for Inclusive & Diverse STEM Faculty is an NSF-backed initiative to expand the diversity of STEM faculty by increasing the number and percentage of traditionally underrepresented groups, including women, members of minority racial and ethnic groups, persons with disabilities, and those from low socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Economic Development & Engagement
    The IEP University Designation is earned by institutions demonstrating an institutional, sustainable, and substantive commitment to excellence in economic engagement.
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    Deepening Community & Economic Engagement
    Amid a record-shattering number of American workers quitting their jobs to seek better opportunities, APLU released a report outlining the ways public research universities can innovate to meet the upskilling needs of a rapidly changing labor force so workers can attain better careers.
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    Research, Science & Technology
    A growing number of public universities are taking these efforts to the next level through collaborative, multidisciplinary research known as Public Impact Research (PIR). To spur broader adoption of PIR, APLU is working with member universities to identify best practices and elevate awareness of the work.
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    Agriculture, Human Sciences & Natural Resources
    The United States (U.S.) risks losing the ability to compete internationally if we ask our researchers and educators to conduct and deliver 21st century results in facilities from the 1950s and 1960s
  • Learning Technology
    The PLC serves as a coordinating body to foster cooperation and collaboration that will advance the use of information technology to improve learning, retention, and graduation. PLC membership positions universities to better capture the economies of scale inherent in information technology.
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    College Costs, Tuition & Financial Aid
    APLU’s Public University Values (#PublicUValues) campaign seeks to help better explain key facts about the value of public universities and to clarify some common misconceptions.
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    Agriculture, Human Sciences & Natural Resources
    Understanding and meeting the needs of employers and the skills new graduates will take with them into the workplace is vital when developing curricula and degree programs.
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    Urban Initiatives
    With funding from the Kresge Foundation, APLU & USU examined the magnitude of the pandemic’s impact on food insecurity on college students and outlining steps better address food insecurity.
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    Accountability & Transparency
    Designed by institutions for institutions, VSA Analytics provides a robust, interactive, and user-friendly platform to compare and analyze key performance metrics across colleges and universities.

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Our History
With roots extending back to 1887, APLU is North America's oldest higher education association.
Video Spotlight: Powered by Publics (PxP)
APLU launches the Powered by Publics initiative. This effort is convening 130 public universities and systems to collectively develop and scale innovative solutions to increase degree completion and close the achievement gap nationwide.

Strengthening & Advancing Public Universities Collectively.

Focused on increasing degree completion and academic success, advancing scientific research, and expanding engagement, APLU undertakes a wide array of projects and initiatives along with its members while providing a forum for public higher education leaders to work collaboratively to better meet the challenges and opportunities facing public universities.

Legislative Highlight

The Pell Grant is a proven program that has been the foundation of federal student aid for decades, opening the doors of college and opportunity to low- and moderate-income students. APLU joins the higher education community in requesting doubling the maximum annual Pell Grant award to help more students earn a degree, get a good-paying job, and ensure them greater economic mobility and a brighter future.

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APLU Staff Highlights

Craig Lindwarm
APLU’s Lindwarm Speaks on Leveraging Federal COVID-19 Relief Funding to Support Digital Learning
Craig Lindwarm
Vice President, Governmental Affairs
APLU's Craig Lindwarm spoke on leveraging federal COVID-19 relief funding to support digital learning at a Every Learner Everywhere webinar