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  • APLU Institutional Awards
    APLU Institutional Awards
    APLU Presented its Institutional Awards at the 2023 Annual Meeting
    During a lunchtime ceremony at the 2023 APLU Annual Meeting in Seattle, APLU honored institutions making measurable impacts in community engagement; student success and degree completion; internationalization; and innovation and economic prosperity. It also presented the inaugural Peter McPherson Lifetime Achievement Award.
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  • The AI Revolution: An Inflection Point for Higher Ed
    The AI Revolution: An Inflection Point for Higher Ed
    2023 APLU Annual Meeting Welcoming Session
    Artificial intelligence is rapidly changing the landscape in higher education and society at large. Watch the recording of the welcoming session from 2023 APLU Annual Meeting featuring two expert panels that explored the impact of AI on the future of public research universities and what it takes to turn an institution into an AI university.
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  • What Students Pay at Public Universities
    What Students Pay at Public Universities
    Public universities provide the most affordable path to a high-quality higher education and the associated benefits. On average, in-state students at public four-year institutions pay just $2,250 in tuition and fees after scholarships, grants, and tax benefits. 2.6 million, or more than one in three students at public universities, receive Pell Grants, federal grants aimed at helping low-income students access college.
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  • The Value and Benefit of Public Universities
    The Value and Benefit of Public Universities
    APLU's #PublicUValues Shows the Myriad Benefits Public Universities have on Their Communities
    Public universities were founded with the mission of advancing the public good – providing a life-changing education to students from ordinary backgrounds; undertaking pathbreaking research that saves lives, drives innovation, and enhances quality of life; and engaging their communities to tackle some of the most intractable challenges they face.
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Projects & Initiatives

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    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    The IEP University Designation is earned by institutions demonstrating an institutional, sustainable, and substantive commitment to excellence in economic engagement.

Members in the Spotlight

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Strength of APLU

APLU History
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.

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Legislative Highlight

U.S. Capitol

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.

Featured Publication

2022 APLU Annual Report

APLU Staff Highlights

APLU’s Muñiz Presents on Innovation and Economic Prosperity Universities Program at UEDA Summit
Alvaro Muñiz, J.D.
Alvaro Muñiz, J.D. Director, International, Community, & Economic Engagement

APLU's Alvaro Muñiz will present on the ROI of APLU’s IEP program at the University Economic Development Association Summit in early October alongside colleague Caydan Henslee.