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Commission on Economic & Community Engagement

The Commission on Economic and Community Engagement (CECE) is facilitated by APLU’s Office of Economic Development and Community Engagement (OEDCE) which was established to lead and coordinate APLU's mission pillar of "expanding engagement."

CECE convenes the chief economic and community engagement officers from across APLU member universities and university systems as well as presidents and chancellors, senior research officers, provosts, communications and government affairs administrators, other senior administrators and their staff who maintain responsibility for planning, assessing, or communicating their institution’s work in economic and community engagement. The OEDCE and CECE works collaboratively with national peer organizations, think-tanks, and policy stakeholders in addition to other APLU offices, councils, and commissions on issues of mutual interest.

Members of CECE believe that the development of meaningful and sustainable partnerships, founded on the principles of quality engagement between universities, communities, government, and industry can maximize the impact of the university on the economy and society, thus, ensure relevancy and build public trust in the positive impacts of higher education on society at large.

The Commission engages in activities that support, promote, and advance community and economic engagement across APLU public universities:

  • Professional development, leadership, and peer exchange
    CECE facilitates professional development and networking among its members by organizing summer conferences and programming at the APLU Annual Meeting, North America's largest convening of public university presidents, provosts, vice-presidents, and their senior staff. In addition, CECE provides year-round engagement opportunities via a member-led "Learning Exchange" Forum comprised of phone or web meeting-based discussion groups covering a myraid of topics
  • Recognition and awards for excellence
    CECE helps provide member input into APLU’s Innovation and Economic Prosperity (IEP) Universities program, an internationally recognized designation process and awards competition designed to help higher education institutions codify, elevate, and advance their economic and community engagement enterprise. The commission also facilitates the selection process for APLU's Peter Magrath Award for Community Engagement.
  • Research, projects, and initiatives
    CECE members participate in projects that research, test, and highlight best practices in community and economic engagement through “research and demonstration” projects funded by various federal and philanthropic partners.
  • Communication around economic and community engagement
    CECE shares its work and opportunities via regular newsletter to its members and and with the wider community through and manages a member-driven blog focused on university-based economic and community engagement. It also organizes special events that highlight the economic and community engagement impact of its members in Washington, DC and beyond.
  • Contribute to federal policy Issues
    CECE members provides input on policy to APLU’s OEDCE which, in collaboration with APLU’s Council on Governmental Affairs, monitors federal policies and programs affecting economic and community engagement. CECE ensures that member perspectives on federal policy are shared with federal agencies and Capitol Hill stakeholders and keeps members informed about changes in rules and funding opportunities in agencies such as the Department of Commerce, Department of Agriculture, Department of Labor, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development as well as federal science agencies, in cooperation with APLU's Council on Research.

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