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Degree Completion Award

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) established the Degree Completion Award to achieve the following:

  • Recognize and reward public universities that are increasing degree completion rates, and total numbers of degrees awarded, while improving educational access, quality, and equity
  • Collect effective campus-based models from public universities for other institutions to adopt and adapt to increase student success at scale
  • Mobilize all colleges and universities to prioritize institutional change efforts to increase student success and degree completion outcomes.

Nominations for the 2023 Award Will Open Soon

Eligibility: All APLU member institutions are eligible and invited to apply for the 2022 APLU Degree Completion Award. Initiatives (or programs) that have improved the institution’s four-year degree completion numbers and rates will be considered. The strongest applications will provide evidence that an initiative (or program) has a significant impact on degree completion outcomes. Previous award recipients are not eligible to apply in the two years immediately following receipt of APLU’s Degree Completion Award.

New Reapplication Process for Applicants
We are happy to offer a new streamlined reapplication process for our previous year’s applicants (i.e., 2021 Applicants) who wish to reapply with the same program/initiative. These re-submissions require only an updated Institution Data Worksheet (located in Appendix B of the application packet). Previous year applicants are also welcomed to update and submit their full application should they desire to do so. Re-submissions will be treated in the same manner and with the same standards as other submissions. All other previous applicants are also encouraged to update their full application for re-submission and consideration.

2021 Degree Completion Award Recipient
Florida State University

2020 Degree Completion Award Recipient
Northern Arizona University

2019 Degree Completion Award Recipient
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

2018 Degree Completion Award Recipient
Wayne State University

2017 Project Degree Completion Award Recipient
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

2016 Project Degree Completion Award Recipient
University of California, Riverside

2015 Project Degree Completion Award Recipient
Morgan State University

2014 MVP Trailblazer Award Recipient
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

2014 MVP Opportunity Award Recipient
Florida State University

2013 MVP Trailblazer Award Recipient
Georgia State University

2013 MVP Opportunity Award Recipients
San Francisco State University
Florida International University

Featured Project & Initiative

The Data Literacy Institute – a partnership between APLU and the Association for Institutional Research with funding from Ascendium – brings together cross-departmental teams from 11 Powered by Publics institutions from Cluster 14 to engage in training that enhance their use of data to improve equitable student outcomes. In May 2022, Powered by Publics held […]

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2021 APLU Annual Report

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2022 USU Annual Report