APLU’s commission structure enables individuals from multiple disciplines across the universities to come together to address critical issues and expand their knowledgebase in areas of common interest regardless of position.

The Commission on Economic and Community Engagement (CECE) is an APLU member body facilitated by APLU’s Office of Economic Development and Community Engagement. CECE convenes chief economic and community engagement officers from APLU member universities and university systems as well as presidents and chancellors, senior research officers, provosts, extension leaders, communications and government affairs officers, and other administrators who maintain responsibility for planning, executing, or communicating their institution’s work in economic development and/or community engagement.

The Commission on Food, Environment, and Renewable Resources (CFERR) focuses on broad cross-cutting issues related to agriculture, food and fiber, forestry, human sciences, natural resources (ecology, fish and wildlife, forestry, mineral resources and water resources), oceans and atmosphere, and veterinary medicine in the functional areas of research, extension and teaching. Each member institution may nominate one voting member to CFERR.

The Commission on Information, Measurement, and Analysis (CIMA) creates space for APLU institutions to come together to create communities of practice around effective and efficient use of data to guide campus planning and decision making.  Given the dispersion of activities and responsibilities within an institution that rely on the use of a vast array of data sources, CIMA provides opportunities for cross-functional discussions on how to more systematically create and improve the data infrastructure and the strategic analysis capacity on campuses.

The Commission on International Initiatives (CII) develops and implements a comprehensive international affairs agenda for senior leadership at public research universities in order to facilitate a seamless integration of international dimensions into the learning, discovery and engagement missions of our APLU institutions. The CII fosters the development of globally competent students, internationally engaged faculty, and institutions capable of addressing global challenges. The commission works by identifying critical issues, gathering information, and creating opportunities for members to discuss challenges and share knowledge with one another. The commission serves as an advisory body to APLU and is integrally involved with all APLU discussions about comprehensive internationalization.  Through its International Advocacy Coordinating Committee, members develop and lead the advocacy agenda on Capitol Hill on international issues of interest to public universities.  The commission is composed of senior international officers, international agriculture directors, and other individuals who work on internationalization at APLU member institutions.

The Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU) is a network of public urban research universities that represents every region of the U.S. University presidents created the coalition to leverage the intellectual capital and economic power of urban universities, thereby improving urban life and America’s competitiveness in the global economy.