APLU Councils and Commissions convened at their summer meetings to share best practices, innovative strategies, and discuss challenges and opportunities facing public universities today.
Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Economic Prosperity (CICEP) (May 31- June 3, Raleigh)
The Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Economic Prosperity (CICEP) was hosted by Chancellor Randy Woodson and North Carolina State University. The meeting was held at the award-winning Centennial Campus, in the stunning James B. Hunt Library, an icon building on the Centennial Campus featuring state-of-the-art advanced digital technology and collaboration spaces.
With a meeting theme of “Be the Ecosystem You Wish to See,” CICEP members examined the ways in which public research universities can create innovation and economic development ecosystems within the university while engaging external stakeholders. North Carolina State University provided a showcase for CICEP’s Innovation and Economic Prosperity Universities designation and awards program, and a number of other IEP Universities presented throughout the program. Other highlights included keynote addresses from the Honorable Nancy McFarlane, Mayor of Raleigh, and Bob Geolas, President and CEO of Research Triangle Park. Meeting attendees also enjoyed a visit to HQ Raleigh, an innovative co-working space that is incubating companies that are producing long-term job growth and social impact.
See and hear more about the CICEP Summer Meeting here.
Commission on International Initiatives (CII) and the Council on Engagement and Outreach (CEO) (July 12-14; Estes Park, Colorado)
The Commission on International Initiatives (CII) and the Council on Engagement and Outreach (CEO) held a joint summer meeting at the historic Stanley Hotel, hosted by Colorado State University. With a theme of “Without Boundaries: Enhancing Global Engagement and Impacts,” the two groups explored opportunities for collaboration between the groups, showcased what engagement and internationalization means trilaterally with a panel of representatives from American, Canadian and Mexican universities, and discussed a variety of important topics such as measuring impact and intellectual property.
Highlights included a luncheon addresses from Helen Lowman, Associate Director of Volunteer Recruitment and Selection at Peace Corps and Barbara Schneeman, Higher Education Coordinator at the United States Agency for International Development. The CII/CEO summer meeting was honored to have two former U.S. ambassadors, Ambassador Eric Bost and Ambassador Asif Chaudary, as well as members of the French and Australian embassies and the Canadian consulate join us for our closing session. The meeting concluded with a special address from ambassador Christopher Hill, dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.
Council on Research (CoR) Summer Meeting (June 28-July 1; Park City, Utah)
The Council on Research (formerly CRPGE) held its summer meeting in Park City, Utah on June 28-July 1, 2015. There were 110 Vice Presidents of Research (VPR) and Associate VPRs in attendance. The meeting was preceded by a one-day workshop for new VPRs and associate VPRs. Presidents Albrecht (Utah State) and Pershing (Utah) hosted a reception for the research officers
The Council on Research summer meeting was the most interactive in memory. VPRs discussed reproducibility of research, best practices in working with foundations and industry to advance research, open/public access of data, managing conflicts of interest, and the social/behavioral/economic sciences. The Council on Research, along with CGA representatives, discussed the role senior research officers have in national advocacy and promotion of research. There was also a presentation by the Task Force on Lab Safety on their work to date that generated much interest and support from the audience. You can find all of the presentations here.