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Equity Action Plan

PxP Equity Action Plan

In 2021, Powered by Publics (PxP) commissioned an equity consultant, Advisory 83, to assist in advancing our first two strategic priorities.

  • Taking explicit action to pursue educational equity for low-income, first-generation, and students of color (Hispanic/Latinx, Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, Asian, and two or more races), and other populations for which the university aims to improve equity.
  • Committing to transparency by sharing data and monitoring progress toward equity goals.

Over the course of several months, APLU staff working on Powered by Publics received training and coaching, including a needs assessment and strategic plan development with senior leadership. These efforts culminated in the creation of a strategic equity action plan to support our 16 transformation clusters in developing continuous improvement aims and scaling institution-wide equity practices. The strategic plan was revealed at the 2021 Powered by Publics Annual Meeting.

Commitment to Equity Statement, Vision Statement, and Framework
Identify promising equity practices within PxP and disseminate across the network (ongoing)
Convene students and alumni in funded, regional equity roundtables
Launch a PxP student advisory board or task force to gain perspectives of equity within clusters (2022-2023)

Share learning tools with the network, including strategies for applying improvement science and an Equity Roadmap to support campus strategic planning efforts and encourage internal shared equity leadership development (ongoing)
Cross-cluster collaboration opportunities (ongoing)
Assist clusters with developing equity action plans based on improvement aims (2022)

Promote the Powered by Publics Core Data Metrics, VSA Analytics, and lessons from the Data Maturity Index and a pilot Data Literacy Institute (ongoing)
Cluster development of improvement science aims and tests of change (2022)
Create a standard assessment to measure general cluster activities and engagements (active fundraising prospect)

Partner with Commission on Access, Diversity, and Excellence (CADE) to promote best practices for closing equity gaps (2022)
Continue to develop opportunities for HBCU engagement in grant and learning opportunities (ongoing)
Share and promote strategic equity action plan to potential donors to fundraise for additional supports (ongoing)

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 […]

Featured Publication

2022 APLU Annual Report