Public university leaders have spent years creating and testing solutions to help students succeed in college, complete their degrees, and be well-prepared for the workforce. These efforts have achieved significant success at individual institutions, but have not been fully brought to scale across the public higher education sector.
That’s why nearly 125 institutions have joined together to increase college access, student success, and postsecondary attainment. The initiative, called Powered by Publics (PxP), represents the largest-ever collaborative effort to improve college access, advance equity, and increase college degrees awarded.
Powered by Publics institutions are working to lower college costs for students, shorten time to graduation, help students reduce their debt, and ensure graduates are prepared with the hard and soft skills needed to succeed in the workforce. These efforts are targeted toward low-income, minoritized, and first-generation students to ensure equitable access to higher education and contribute toward more equitable student outcomes. Although quantitative data sources are limited, qualitative and survey data inform the clusters’ activities.
Powered by Publics institutions are working to develop and scale innovative programs, practices, and policies that improve teaching practices and the learning environment for students. Doing so will help students succeed in the classroom and stay on track to graduation. As the demographics of today’s students are diversifying more rapidly than the ranks of faculty, Powered by Publics institutions seek to foster inclusive learning environments in which all students belong. Data sources include both institution-level and course-level data.
Holistic, wrap-around services designed to meet the diversity of students’ non-academic needs are essential for advancing degree completion and equity goals among Powered by Publics institutions. These institutions are working to test and scale interventions that meet students’ needs beyond the classroom. These supports are often targeted toward those who need them most – students who are low-income, minoritized, or first-generation – and are backed by literature or evidence gathered by the institutions during the course of their work together.
Drawing on the experience of participating universities, Powered by Publics publishes a variety of research in the areas of Affordability, Equity, Teaching and Learning, and Holistic Student Supports, and Data.
Race and socioeconomic status remain the most reliable predictors of college completion in the United States, and achievement gaps persist among low-income, minoritized, and first-generation students. APLU’s Powered by Publics is dedicated to supporting institutions of higher education to identify and remove systemic and structural barriers to student success for individuals who have been historically underserved and underrepresented within higher education. Read the full Powered by Publics Commitment to Equity.
APLU's Powered by Publics initiative regularly brings the public university community and others together to share key lessons from the initiative in its participating students in the areas of Affordability, Teaching & Learning, and Holistic Student Supports. View past Powered by Publics events and videos.
The Powered by Publics staff provides the clusters with technical expertise, facilitates meetings to help build institutional capacity, publishes original research, and more.
Working within “transformation clusters,” participating universities are tackling different student success challenges to implement innovative and effective practices in the thematic areas of Affordability, Teaching and Learning, and Holistic Student Supports to advance student success on their campuses.
Nearly 125 institutions have joined together to increase college access, student, and postsecondary attainment through Powered by Publics. View participating schools.
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