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Julia Michaels
Executive Director
Center for Public
University Transformation
(202) 478-6071
jmichaels@aplu.org

Media Contact:
Mike Brost
Assistant Director
of Public Affairs
(202) 478-6038
mbrost@aplu.org

APLU Support of Cluster Institutions

APLU will serve primarily as a backbone organization – providing:

  • Facilitated meetings convening the clusters as well as individual campus visits, supported by a capacity-building grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
     
  • Technical assistance, including connection with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Solution Hubs for digital learning, advising, and developmental education.
     
  • Other support, funded through a capacity-building grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, including:
     
  • Some project management support for working groups and other collaborative learning activities, provided through APLU’s new Center for Public University Transformation;
     
  • A data team to assist with evaluation, data collection, and analysis.
     
  • A communications team to work with university communications staff to document, disseminate, and promote effective practices; and
     
  • National leadership, including a national advisory council, to provide governance for the project.
     
  • Assistance identifying vendors and other technology service providers for implementation of solutions.
     
  • Some fundraising support to help clusters obtain national and regional funding for specific activities as they are developed.

Project Highlights

  • 130 change-ready universities and state systems
  • 16 transformation clusters
  • 3 million undergraduates

Project Goals

  • Produce hundreds of thousands more graduates by 2025 with an emphasis on underrepresented minority, low-income, and first-generation students.
     
  • Cut in half the achievement gap by 2025 for underrepresented minority, low-income, and first-generation students while increasing access.
     
  • Share key data, learning, and effective practices to drive innovation and transformation across the higher education sector.

Strategy

APLU’s overall proposed strategy for organizational change contains three core elements:

  • Align APLU’s existing degree completion initiatives into the Center for Public University Transformation to focus efforts and accelerate shared goals;
     
  • Collaborate with member universities and, where appropriate, community colleges to scale evidence-based strategies and incubate new solutions for student success that can be applied across a diverse set of institutions; and
     
  • Build a set of national partnerships to diffuse lessons learned and drive progress across the higher education sector.