APLU works with members to confront and overcome the extraordinary challenges facing public research universities. We are working collectively to broaden access to higher education, garner renewed investment in research, and tackle societal challenges while spurring economic growth. Public universities are working to address urgent student needs, advance equity and degree completion, and address their communities’ most urgent work.
A core mission of public universities is to provide students from all different backgrounds access to a high-quality, affordable education, help those students obtain a degree, and ultimately work to ensure graduates are prepared for a lifetime of learning.
APLU promotes robust federal research funding as well as policies and university practices designed to support research, one of the core missions of our public universities. University research improves lives and has a significant impact on economic development and growth.
APLU and its member institutions are deeply engaged in their communities and regions. Through partnerships with community organizations, state and local governments, entrepreneurs, small businesses, major corporations, and others, they advance economic development, tackle societal challenges, and foster great places to work and live.
APLU works closely with members, fellow higher education groups, the business community, scientific organizations, and others on a range of issues and causes. A core focus of our effort involves drawing on the collective strength of our member institutions to effectively advocate for federal policies and funding levels that support and enhance the work of public research universities.
APLU thanks the 20 NGOs and government agencies who supported our work in the last year. In 2021, APLU's projects and initiatives had a combined contribution of more than $38 million over the life of the grants. If you are interested in supporting these vital programs, please contact....