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    APLU Webinar Celebrating Black History Month
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    The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities recently hosted a a special hourlong webinar in celebration of Black History Month featuring three Black leaders in public higher education.
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    Policy Considerations for President Joseph R. Biden
    APLU Details Policies for Public Research Universities to Enhance their Missions
    APLU's priorities fall under three main categories: 1) Expanding higher education access, affordability, and student success; 2) Fostering scientific discovery; and 3) Welcoming the contributions of immigrants to our nation.
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    2020 APLU Annual Report
    Working through the Unprecedented Challenges of 2020
    Through its robust government affairs and advocacy work, programmatic activities, and an unprecedented number of virtual convenings, APLU quickly pivoted to provide support, advice, and a community of learning and sharing for public university leaders.
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    Public Universities at Forefront of Search for Cures & Treatments for COVID-19
    Research and community engagement efforts underway to address global health crisis
    From a search for a vaccine to antiviral treatments and low-cost ventilators, public research universities are helping to lead the way to turn the tide on COVID-19.
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    Powered By Publics: Scaling Student Success
    130 Public Universities Increasing College Access, Equity, and Completion
    The participating institutions will work within “clusters” of four to 12 institutions that concurrently implement innovative and effective practices to advance student success on their campuses. Collectively, the institutions enroll 3 million students, including 1 million students who receive Pell Grants.
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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
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    Research, Science & Technology
    Funded by NSF, Envisioning & Enacting an Inclusive & Diverse STEM Professoriate is a series of collaborative think tanks for APLU leaders, STEM faculty, social science and diversity scholars, funders and other non-profits. Each think tank tackles a systemic gatekeeping function in the careers of STEM faculty that may be preventing institutions and the nation from realizing their goal of a more diverse and inclusive STEM faculty.
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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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    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.
  • Economic Development & Engagement
    APLU supports its public research university members contributing to the economic welfare, well-being, and quality of life of communities in rural communities across the nation.
  • 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.
  • Economic Development & Engagement
    APLU, USU, Workcred, and UPCEA explore how universities and certification bodies can improve student success and workforce outcomes by reducing the time and cost gaps between a 4-year degree and an industry certification.
  • STEM Education
    Through SEMINAL: Student Engagement through an Institutional Network for Active Learning, faculty will collaborate with APLU to better understand both how to sustain success in implementing active learning in undergraduate mathematics classes and how to facilitate similar success at other institutions.
  • 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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    Degree Completion & Student Success
    The Degree Completion Award recognize universities that have made significant progress in successfully retaining and graduating students while promoting those schools as models for other institutions.
  • Accountability & Transparency
    The Student Achievement Measure (SAM) provides a comprehensive picture of student progress on their path to earning a college degree or certificate. As compared to the limitations of typical graduation rate measures, SAM reports more outcomes for more students.
  • Degree Completion & Student Success
    APLU is creating a new national Center for Public University Transformation (CPUT) to grow, innovate, and sustain effective solutions that are scalable across the diverse set of institutions comprising the public university sector.

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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

APLU joins the higher education community in requesting $97 billion for a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) in the next COVID-19 supplemental appropriations bill. These funds would provide critical support to students, strengthen public universities’ response to the pandemic, financially stabilize institutions, and protect jobs.

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APLU Staff Highlights

APLU's Martin Speaks on Supporting Rural Colleges Through Collaboration
Sheila A. Martin, Ph.D.
Vice President, Economic Development & Community Engagement (OEDCE)

Sheila Martin, APLU's Vice President for Economic Development and Community Engagement, spoke on a panel at the Western Academic Leadership Forum about supporting rural colleges through collaboration.