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  • 2022 APLU Annual Report
    2022 APLU Annual Report
    In 2022 APLU worked with members to drive equitable student success; foster research and innovation to meet societal needs, and deepen community,economic, and international engagement to benefit all.
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  • Black Resistance: Leadership in Academe
    Black Resistance: Leadership in Academe
    Webinar in Celebration of Black History Month
    Join APLU for a special virtual Black History Month event, "Black Resistance: Leadership in the Academe". The event will celebrate Black leaders who have paved the ways for others and provide an opportunity to hear from four public university leaders as they explore this year's Black History Month theme of "Black Resistance" with a particular focus on the need for the higher education community to take steps to expand the number of Black higher ed leaders.
    February 28, 2023
    Register
  • 2022 APLU Annual Meeting Recap
    2022 APLU Annual Meeting Recap
    More than 1,200 Senior University Leaders Attended the First In-Person APLU Annual Meeting Since 2019
    National Science Foundation Director Sethuraman Panchanathan delivered the keynote address, "Innovation Anywhere, Opportunities Everywhere: Accelerating the Frontiers of Science & Technology."
    November 6-8, 2022
    Denver, CO
    Learn More & Watch The General Sessions
  • Mark Becker: APLU's New President
    Mark Becker: APLU's New President
    Becker succeeded Peter McPherson Sept. 1
    "As I begin my journey today as APLU president, I feel that same excitement along with the same sense of responsibility I had as university president to not only be a good steward of my institution, but to be forward-thinking, inclusive, and innovative to maximize its full potential..."
    February 28, 2023
    Read President Becker's Letter to APLU

Projects & Initiatives

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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & ENGAGEMENT
    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 Frederick to Speak at AAC&U Conference on DEI
Alcione Frederick
Assistant Director, Center for Public University Transformation

APLU’s Alcione Frederick will present on engaging students in institutional transformation at the AAC&U conference on diversity, equity, and student success.