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CECE Learning Exchange

About the CECE Learning Exchange: 

Member engagement need not end with the CECE Summer Meeting and the APLU Annual Meeting. CECE’s virtual “Learning Exchange” forum is a member-driven set of discussion forums that allows university leaders to exchange best practices, address shared challenges, network, and learn from one another through regular phone calls or video web meetings. Through the Learning Exchange, CECE members can lead or contribute to discussions addressing topics in economic and community engagement. Forum members may exchange documents and resources via listservs and file sharing services and may elect to publish articles on the CECE blog if coordinated with APLU’s Office of Economic Development & Community Engagement. CECE’s Learning Exchange empowers the Commission to agilely respond to the many and varied needs of its membership.

Current CECE Learning Exchange Forums

  • IEP Startup Cohort Web Workshop
    Chair: Shalin Jyotishi, APLU

    Regular Zoom Web Workshops of leaders representing institutions pursuing APLU's Innovation & Economic Prosperity (IEP) University designation. These meetings feature presentations from current designees, subject matter experts, program reviewers, and others. The web workshops also include interactive virtual breakout groups and discussions around best practices and shared challenges in economic engagement. Participants must be representatives from institutions pursuing APLU's IEP University designation.

  • Rural Engagement for Resilient Communities
    Co-Chairs: Sheila Martin, APLU and Michael Gaffney, Washington State University

    Join a group of university leaders making a difference in rural communities. This Learning Exchange Forum will be a series of monthly phone calls for members to exchange best practices, engage philanthropic, private sector, and government funders, and more. Sign up today and join the monthly discussion every third Tuesday at Noon Eastern Time. 

    2020 Topics include:
    • JAN - Rural Student Access and Success
    • FEB - Value Added Food Manufacturing

Steps for Establishing a Learning Exchange Forum: 

  1. One must have at least 4 interested CECE members and 1-2 members who are willing and able to serve as chairs of the forum. The chairs are responsible for cultivating, managing and leading the discussion group’s agenda and objectives.
  2. APLU requires chairs to identify a reoccurring meeting time for the group (e.g. Third Thursday at 2 PM Eastern Time).
    Chairs are solely responsible for the logistical management and leadership of their forum, including calendar invitation management, reminder emails, or other forum logistics.
  3. APLU provides the chair with dial-in details, a sharable Dropbox folder, and an email listserv, if desired. APLU will also promote the forum meetings via CECE’s website and mailing list. 
  4. Discussion forums are given opportunities to meet in-person during each Summer Meeting and Annual Meeting.
    Forums may be discontinued at any time.


Featured Project & Initiative

Economic Development & Engagement
The IEP University Designation is earned by institutions demonstrating an institutional, sustainable, and substantive commitment to excellence in economic engagement.

Featured Project & Initiative

Magrath Award Winner
Economic Development & Engagement
With support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, APLU presents the national C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Scholarship Award to recognize the outstanding community-university engagement scholarship work of four-year public universities. The program recognizes colleges and universities that have redesigned their learning, discovery, and engagement missions to become even more involved with their communities.