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News: 2021

December 15, 2021
Washington, DC – The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU) today announced grants to the University of California, Riverside, Florida International University, San Jose State University, University of Texas at Arlington, and University of Texas at El Paso that will further their partnerships with local community organizations and businesses aimed at providing students with the skills they’ll need to successfully enter the workforce upon graduation.
December 7, 2021
Washington, DC – Aiming to address racial injustice and inequity through university-city partnerships, the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU) today named Portland State University as a Racial Justice and Equity Program Award Winner. In partnership with local non-profit organizations, Portland State will focus on increasing university diversity and inclusion through the development of a leadership academy to cultivate personal and professional development of employees from minoritized backgrounds.
November 17, 2021
Washington, DC – The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) today announced its 2022 Board of Directors. At a ceremony during the association’s 134th Annual Meeting, University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank became Chair of the Board, succeeding Montana State University President Waded Cruzado.
November 17, 2021
Washington, DC – In recognition of its extraordinary global learning, research, and engagement efforts, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) today named the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill the Platinum winner of its 2021 Institutional Award for Global Learning, Research & Engagement. The Platinum Award is APLU’s highest-level award granted to a member institution in recognition of inclusive and comprehensive efforts to internationalize its campus. The University of Maryland, Baltimore County was also recognized for its internationalization efforts as a recipient of the Gold Award in Leadership and Pervasiveness. The Gold Award recognizes an institution’s leadership and commitment to both prioritizing internationalization across campus and moving the campus culture toward internationalization.
November 16, 2021
Washington, DC – The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) today named Florida State University the winner of its 2021 Degree Completion Award during a ceremony at its annual meeting. The Degree Completion Award works to identify, recognize, and reward institutions that employ innovative and evidence-based approaches to improve degree completion while ensuring educational quality.
November 16, 2021
Washington, DC – The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) today named four winners of its ninth annual Innovation & Economic Prosperity (IEP) University Awards and two new IEP University designees. The awards recognize innovative projects or programs in economic engagement.
November 16, 2021
Washington, DC – Amid a record-shattering number of American workers quitting their jobs to seek better opportunities, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) today released a report outlining the ways public research universities can innovate to meet the upskilling needs of a rapidly changing labor force so workers can attain better careers. The report, Building a Future Workforce for All Learners: How Public and Land-grant Universities and Urban Serving Universities Drive Innovative Solutions, also outlines how public research universities are deploying a diverse array of strategies to build 21st Century skills for learners through new models for higher education and life-long learning.
November 15, 2021
Washington, DC – In recognition of extraordinary community outreach, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) today named the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) the winner of the 2021 C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Scholarship Award during a ceremony at the group’s annual meeting.
November 12, 2021
Washington, DC – The American Association of Community Colleges, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, American Council on Education, Association of American Universities, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, Institute of International Education, NAFSA: Association of International Educators, and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities today issued the following statement urging the U.S. government to partner with the higher education community to develop and implement a national strategy to return international student enrollment and exchanges to pre-COVID 19 numbers.   
November 10, 2021
Washington, DC – Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) President Peter McPherson today announced plans to retire in September 2022 as the leader of the nation’s oldest higher education association after more than 16 years at its helm. Since becoming president of APLU in January 2006, McPherson has grown and strengthened the association’s membership – helping cultivate a vibrant and collaborative public higher education community. He has overseen the expansion of a sophisticated federal advocacy arm, and more than doubled the size of the association’s staff to work in partnership with member institutions on innovative projects aimed at helping them better serve students, communities, their states, the nation, and the world.