APLU members are working in partnership with rural communities across North America to improve educational options, economic vitality, and quality of life.
APLU is supporting members’ efforts to close the digital divide; build capacity for rural community and economic development; engage rural students; and connect Cooperative Extension and campus engagement offices to rural communities.
APLU members are working with rural communities across North America to improve educational options, economic vitality, and quality of life. Land-grant universities, in particular, deliver trusted, science-based information and educational programs for individuals, families, and communities through their Cooperative Extension efforts. This includes, but is not limited to: farmers; youth; community and faith leaders; elected officials; entrepreneurs; and lifelong learners. Extension offices have educators that live and work in every county and parish in every state, U.S. territory, and Puerto Rico, and maintain a national online presence.
APLU recognizes the importance of university programs to the vitality and resilience of rural communities. We aim to support university leaders working in rural communities by communicating the impact of rural engagement, providing peer learning opportunities for engagement and Extension leaders, advocating for funding that supports rural community engagement, and developing opportunities to develop and test new programs and approaches.
APLU’s Office of Economic Development and Community Engagement is working closely with APLU’s Office of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources to advance member work in rural communities.