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Kevin C. Cooke, Ph.D.
Director, Research Policy

Ny'lyjah Cain
Senior Associate, STEM Education & Research Policy

COR Working Groups

COR has established four new working groups in 2021 to address current policy issues affecting research institutions.  Each group will organize activities that benefit COR membership. The working groups will facilitate discussion, connect similar efforts, inform potential actions, and engage key leaders and communities.

Please join a working group to offer your leadership and expertise on these important research policy issues. To join a working group, please contact Tawni Huffman at

The Safe and Inclusive Research Environments Working Group is committed to changing the culture of academic research to eliminate discrimination and bias based on gender, race and ethnicity. Co-leaders: Lynne U. Chronister, Vice President for Research and Economic Development at the University of South Alabama, and Willie E. May, Vice President for Research and Economic Development at Morgan State University.

The Research Security and Related Compliance Working Group focuses on collecting accurate information and providing practical guidance for reducing risk and increasing research security to efficiently navigate a growing landscape of competing compliance mandates.  Co-leaders: Rob A. Rutenbar, Senior Vice Chancellor for Research at University of Pittsburgh, and Laurie E. Locascio, Vice President for Research at the University of Maryland.

The Public Impact Research Working Group seeks to support and bring together multiple efforts as a national campaign to convey how a large portion of university research, across all academic disciplines, seeks a positive societal impact. Co-leaders: Sandra Brown, Vice Chancellor for Research at UC San Diego, and Robin Kaler, Associate Chancellor for Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The Future of Research Working Group has recently been established and is working on their goals and objectives. Co-leaders: Matt Tarr, Vice President for Research and Economic Development at the University of New Orleans, and Lora Weiss, Senior Vice President for Research at The Pennsylvania State University.


Updates from 2020

The Safe and Inclusive Research Environments Working Group fulfilled their objective of reviewing the NASEM Sexual Harassment report and plans to produce a set of recommendations that research programs can implement to combat sexual harassment. The group also hosted a popular session at the COR Summer Meeting and is now focusing their work on racial and ethnic diversity, equity and inclusion. 

The Research Security Working Group met its objective of serving as subject matter experts and reviewing the survey of best practices for universities on undue foreign influence. The group hosted a popular session at the COR Summer Meeting. Members of the group are also involved in numerous other ongoing research security related policy discussions. 

The Public Impact Research (PIR) Working Group was very important in helping create a news network and sharing stories on how APLU institutions were combating COVID-19. The group collected stories that were shared on the APLU website as part of the successful virtual COR Summer Meeting.  These stories were from APLU members all over the US. 

The Research Transparency Working Group completed their work supporting the Accelerating Public Access to Research Data (APARD) initiative with the report Implementing Effective Data Practices: Stakeholder Recommendations for Collaborative Research Support, and  hosted a COR Conversation on open access data and publishing on 3 Dec. APLU and COR will continue to contribute to this effort via the ongoing APARD initiative. 

The Future of Research Working Group was created to address the changing landscape of university research, especially due to the pandemic. COR Summer meeting also featured a session focusing on the future of the research enterprise as we emerge from the pandemic.