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Jan 2022
The past year has been filled with both exceptional challenges as well as unique opportunities for the public university community. Through its robust government affairs and advocacy work, programmatic activities, and an unprecedented number of virtual convenings, APLU worked with universities 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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Dec 2021
This progress report reports out data on the Powered by Publics data and learning accomplishments mid-way through the project.

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Sep 2021
Helping students overcome hurdles at various stages of their academic journey is key to advancing student success and addressing the equity gap. To better understand how universities can use proactive advising to anticipate and address challenges facing students, a subgroup of institutions in the Metropolitan Cluster of Powered by Publics have undertaken an in-depth examination of proactive advising to help inform a grounded theory of implementing proactive advising.

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Aug 2021
Supporting the financial wellness of all students is central to college access, affordability, and completion. It’s also a critical lever for addressing equity gaps. To better understand how institutions can support financial wellness, equity, and student success, the High Pell cluster of APLU’s Powered by Publics initiative recently completed an examination into the delivery, content, and assessment of financial wellness programing culminating in the development of a Financial Wellness Conceptual Framework. Learn more about this work.

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Jul 2021
Faculty engagement in student success is critically linked to improved student outcomes, with outsized gains for low-income, minoritized, and first-generation students. The ability to connect with students and guide learning directly impacts retention, persistence, and ultimate progress toward graduation and post-graduate success. How faculty teach and interact with students can play a huge role in student perceptions that they matter and belong at the university, and that they can succeed academically. One of the aims of the Western Coalition cluster is to provide faculty with actionable strategies and tools for connecting with students, identifying early warning signs, and targeting support to student needs.

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Jun 2021
This brief examines innovative approaches institutions are taking to address affordability and student debt. This brief examines innovative approaches institutions are taking to advance equity and college affordability, outlining varying approaches to one-stop advising centers; completion and retention grants; institutional debt forgiveness; affordable learning materials; and industry partnerships.

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Jun 2021
Institutions in the Data Integration Cluster of the Powered by Publics initiative have a shared interest in leveraging data to support institutional effectiveness and student success initiatives. The Data Integration Cluster has developed resources to bolster institutional understanding of their progress towards an optimized data culture, with a focus on creating a Data Maturity Index (DMI).

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Mar 2021
The Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) Cluster is examining student course data and the practices and policies affecting success rates in entry-level courses, with an emphasis on closing achievement gaps for historically underserved student populations. The following learning memo highlights the cluster’s work to examine how an analysis of DFW rates reveals equity gaps to better understand how these grade markers correlate with student retention and graduation outcomes.

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Mar 2021
COVID-19 has exacerbated systemic and institutional barriers to equity that higher education institutions are working hard to address by seeking solutions to support students struggling to afford college or facing mounting debt burdens. To support its members in this effort, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) has undertaken a research project funded by the TIAA Institute to identify and strengthen the evidence for innovative financial aid strategies designed to improve affordability and reduce student debt for a significant number of students. Teams from nine institutions were selected as Affordability Fellows (hereafter “Fellows”) to investigate best practices and promising strategies for improving financial aid effectiveness and equity in the longer term.

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Jan 2021
The past year has been the most challenging for the public university community in memory. The pandemic has roiled every facet of public research universities’ mission–from education to research to community engagement. APLU has worked to help the public research university community address and overcome these challenges.

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Dec 2020
APLU and the TIAA Institute examine the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on college affordability and college debt.

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Feb 2020
APLU and our members engaged in a wide array of projects and initiatives centering on the three pillars of our work—expand access and improve student success to deliver the innovative workforce of tomorrow; advance and promote research and discovery to improve society, foster economic growth, and address global challenges; build healthy, prosperous, equitable, and vibrant communities locally and globally.

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