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    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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    2020 APLU Virtual Annual Meeting Wrap-Up
    The Theme of the 2020 APLU Virtual Annual Meeting Was Resilience & Equity
    The APLU Annual Meeting included keynotes on diversity, equity, & inclusion (DEI); the 2020 elections; future higher ed policy; and more. The meeting was highlighted by nearly 20 interactive and engaging concurrent sessions. Recordings of all sessions will be available until Dec. 9.
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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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    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
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Research, Science & Technology
    This guide is a roadmap for a university-wide effort to strengthen a culture of safety. The guide has action steps, resources, and recommendations to help navigate the challenge of changing the culture of the institution.
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    International Programs
    For over ten years, APLU has served as a vital link between the university community, USAID, and the Board on International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD).
  • Accountability & Transparency
    The Excellence in Assessment (EIA) program – the first national initiative of its kind – recognizes institutions that successfully integrate assessment practices across campus, provide evidence of student learning outcomes, and use assessment results to guide institutional decision-making and improve student performance.

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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.

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Our nation’s public universities play a critical role in responding to the dual health and economic crises unfolding nationally. But their ability to continue their critical education, research, and community engagement missions in the face of this continued crisis is reliant upon additional federal investment.

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APLU Vice President for International Programs speaks on the impact of a Biden Administration on Canadian Higher Education
Bernard Burrola
Vice President, International Programs

Bernie Burrola, Vice President for International Programs at APLU will speak to members of the Canadian Bureau for International Education at 1 pm ET on Tuesday, January 26 on how the new administration's policies and actions will impact international higher education and Canada. Learn more about the event here