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Public University Values


APLU’s Public University Values (#PublicUValues) campaign seeks to help better explain key facts about the value of public universities and to clarify some common misconceptions. 

Public universities are committed to:

  • Making a quality college education accessible and affordable for students;
  • Helping students graduate with little or no debt;
  • Delivering students with a quality education that will provide them with a lifetime of economic mobility;
  • Providing a vast array of benefits to society; and 
  • Conduct cutting edge research that saves lives, grows our economy, and improves our quality of life. 

Follow along on social media using #PublicUValues to see how public universities are working to address all of these important areas.


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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, and postsecondary attainment. The initiative, called Powered by Publics: Scaling Student Success, represents the largest-ever collaborative effort to improve college access, advance equity, and increase college degrees awarded.

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