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

Media Contact:
Mike Brost
Associate Director
of Public Affairs

(202) 478-6038
mbrost@aplu.org

Intermediaries for Scale

To accelerate and deepen transformation in higher education, APLU has invested in a representative group of 16 universities from across the Powered by Publics network of clusters. These institutions are engaging in an in-depth institutional needs assessment, sharing student success data, and receiving targeted professional development and technical assistance based on needs in advising, college readiness policy and practice, and digital learning. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is funding the effort.

The institutions participating in the effort are: University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff; Clemson University; Illinois State University; Ohio University; Middle Tennessee State University; Montana State University; New Mexico State University; University of New Orleans; New Jersey Institute of Technology; Rutgers University-Newark; University of South Alabama; Texas Tech University; Tuskegee University; Virginia Commonwealth University; Western Michigan University; University of Wyoming.

APLU is one of 13 leading higher education organizations to receive funding through the Foundation’s Intermediaries for Scale investment program. These organizations are working together and with institutions across the country to identify and scale effective practices to increase equitable student success and degree completion. This project is designed to build upon and complement existing work Powered by Publics institutions are undertaking to increase college access, eliminate the achievement gap, and increase degree completion. Throughout this process, APLU will actively share what it is learning across the Powered by Publics community.

Project Highlights

  • Nearly 125 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

Four strategic priorities guide Powered by Publics work. They are:

  1. Taking explicit action to pursue educational equity for low-income, first-generation, and students of color.
     
  2. Committing to transparency by sharing data and monitoring progress toward equity goals.
     
  3. Developing common opportunities for cross-cluster learning, sharing, and collective action in the thematic areas of Affordability, Holistic Student Supports, and Teaching & Learning.
     
  4. APLU and its partners committing to invest in institutional capacity through grants and technical assistance.