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2017 Annual Meeting Wrap-Up

More than 1,450 public university leaders gathered in Washington, DC for the 2017 APLU Annual Meeting, making it the largest-ever annual meeting.

The meeting's theme, The Age of Disruption: Navigating, Innovating, and Excelling, examined how public research universities must reform to thrive in the 21st Century and in so doing help our communities thrive too. Keynote speakers included Regina Dugan, Vice President of Engineering at Facebook, and Bob Woodward, Two-Time Pulitzer Prize Winner and Associate Editor of the Washington Post.

At the meeting, APLU named a new board of directors, announced winners of its four institutional awards, and named winners of USDA national teaching awards. Learn more below.

View the 2017 Conference Program

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APLU Annual Meeting News

APLU Announces 2018 Board of Directors, University System of Maryland Chancellor Bob Caret to Chair the Board
APLU announced its 2018 Board of Directors. At a ceremony during the association’s 130th Annual Meeting, University System of Maryland Chancellor Bob Caret became Chair of the Board, taking over for University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan. The Board of Directors provides oversight and direction for APLU’s work and is charged with setting membership and governing policies for the association. Board members work to make public institutions of higher education more effective in delivering high quality and affordable higher education alongside cutting-edge research and robust community and economic engagement.

APLU Names Three Public Research Universities Winners of 2017 Innovation & Economic Prosperity University Awards
APLU named named three winners of its sixth annual Innovation & Economic Prosperity (IEP) University Awards. The winners – Iowa State University, Kansas State University, and the University of Maryland – competed in four different categories that recognize different components of economic engagement. Iowa State University won the “talent” category and Kansas State University won the “innovation” category. The University of Maryland won both the “place” and top-prize in the competition, the “economic engagement connections” award, becoming the first university to become win IEP University Awards winner in multiple categories or in multiple years.

APLU Names Oklahoma State University 2017 C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Scholarship Award Winner
In recognition of extraordinary community outreach, APLU named Oklahoma State University (OSU) the winner of the 2017 C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Scholarship Award during a ceremony at the group’s annual meeting in Washington, DC.

APLU Names University of Calgary 2017 Institutional Award for Global Learning, Research, & Engagement Winner
In recognition of its extraordinary global engagement efforts, APLU today named the University of Calgary the winner of its 2017 Institutional Award for Global Learning, Research & Engagement. The award recognizes institutions at the leading edge of inclusive and comprehensive efforts to internationalize their campuses.

APLU Names University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa 2017 Project Degree Completion Award Winner
APLU named the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM) the winner of its 2017 Project Degree Completion Award during a ceremony at its annual meeting in Washington, DC. The annual Project Degree Completion Award identifies and honors institutions using innovative strategies or programs to increase retention and graduation outcomes and/or decrease achievement gaps. To markedly boost graduation rates, UHM launched its Student Engagement, Retention, and Graduation plan in 2007.

Iowa State and Purdue University Faculty Members Win USDA National Teaching Awards for Food and Agricultural Sciences
APLU honored S. Suzanne Nielsen of Purdue University and Ann Marie VanDerZanden of Iowa State University as recipients of the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Excellence in College and University Teaching Awards for Food and Agricultural Sciences. Five regional and two new teacher awardees were also named recipients of the 2017 Excellence in College and University Teaching Awards for Food and Agricultural Sciences. The awards, which celebrate university faculty for their use of innovative teaching methods and service to students, were presented at the 130th APLU Annual Meeting now underway in Washington, DC.

Reports Released

New APLU Report Calls for Renewed Commitment to Achieve Comprehensive Internationalization of Public Research Universities
APLU released a new report, Pervasive Internationalization: A Call for Renewed Leadership, surveying the state of campus internationalization efforts at its member institutions. Based on those survey results, the report issues recommendations on what steps APLU institutions must take to advance internationalization as they strive to maintain and enhance their place as the world’s leading universities.

APLU Report: Campus-Wide Engagement Fundamental to Successful Degree Completion Reforms
In an effort to help institutions adopt evidence-based strategies to increase student success, APLU released the analysis of degree completion initiatives that public universities have undertaken from across the country. The report, All In: Increasing Degree Completion through Campus-Wide Engagement, examines the efficacy of a variety of strategies to increase student retention, reduce students’ time to degree, and close the achievement gap.

APLU Report: Public Universities Must Renew their Commitment to Student and Workforce Needs
Public universities must renew their commitment to student and workforce needs, a new study APLU released asserts. The report, Ready for Jobs, Careers, and a Lifetime: Public Research Universities and Credentials that Count, says that public universities need to not only help prepare their students for a successful life through a general education, but also address workforce needs and prepare students to thrive throughout their professional career. The report also lays out several concrete steps public universities can take to do exactly that.

APLU Report Calls on Universities to Evolve Tech Transfer Practices to Maximize Impact
Public universities have made key strides in evolving their technology transfer activities, but must take additional steps to address the demands of the innovation economy, according to a new report. APLU’s Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Economic Prosperity produced the report to help public research universities evolve toward more comprehensive technology transfer efforts. The report, Technology Transfer Evolution: Driving Economic Prosperity, calls on universities to accelerate their transition to a technology transfer model that reflects a broader engagement in economic development, and that connects to and supports the learning and discovery missions of universities.


Sunday: Institutional Awards Presentation
Sunday: Panel with Doug Lederman
Monday: Passing the Gavel
Tuesday: James Hohmann 
Tuesday: Secretary Acosta
Tuesday: "Ready for Jobs" Panel 1
Tuesday: "Ready for Jobs" Panel 2

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View photos from the meeting in APLU's Facebook Gallery.