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Julia Michaels
Executive Director
Center for Public
University Transformation
(202) 478-6071

Media Contact:
Mike Brost
Associate Director
of Public Affairs

(202) 478-6038

Participating Institutions

Powered by Publics is convening 125 institutions within 16 transformation clusters. View the institutions participating in each cluster below or alphabetically. You can find the focus areas of each cluster's work here.

Cluster 1: Western Coalition
Boise State University
The University of Montana
University of Alaska System
University of Alaska Fairbanks
University of Hawai'i System
University of South Dakota
Washington State University

Cluster 2: Western Land-Grant Cluster
Colorado State University
Langston University
Montana State University
New Mexico State University
North Dakota State University
Oklahoma State University
South Dakota State University
University of Idaho
University of Nevada-Reno
Utah State University
University of Wyoming

Cluster 3: Southern Central Cluster
Alcorn State University
Alabama A&M University
Auburn University
Mississippi State University
The University of Tennessee
University of Kentucky
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
University of Southern Mississippi
West Virginia State University
West Virginia University

Cluster 4: Southern Cluster
Louisiana State University and A&M College
Middle Tennessee State University
Southern University System
Tuskegee University
University of Alabama System
University of Alabama Main Campus
University of Alabama at Birmingham
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
University of Arkansas
University of Mississippi

Cluster 5: South Eastern Cluster
Clemson University
Florida State University
North Carolina A&T State University
North Carolina State University at Raleigh
South Carolina State University
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
University of North Carolina-Wilmington
University of North Carolina System
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Virginia State University

Cluster 6: Urban Cluster
Cleveland State University
Florida International University
Jackson State University
Morgan State University
University of Colorado Denver
University of Memphis
University of New Orleans
University of South Alabama
University of Toledo
Virginia Commonwealth University
Wayne State University

Cluster 7: Metropolitan Cluster
Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis
Old Dominion University
Portland State University
The University of Texas at Arlington
University at Albany
University of Cincinnati
University of Houston
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Louisville
University of Missouri-Kansas City
University of New Mexico
Wichita State University

Cluster 8: Big 10 Cluster
Indiana University-Bloomington/System
Rutgers University-New Brunswick
The Pennsylvania State University
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Iowa
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Cluster 9: Eastern Cluster
Stony Brook University
Temple University
University at Buffalo
University of Connecticut
University of Delaware
University of Maryland-Baltimore County
University of Missouri-Columbia
University of South Florida
University of Vermont

Cluster 10: Evidence Improvement Cluster
Texas A&M University
The University of Texas at Austin
University of California-Davis
University of Florida
University of Oregon
University of Utah
University of Washington

Cluster 11: High Pell Cluster
Northern Arizona University
Northern Illinois University
Rutgers University-Newark
Texas State University
The University of Texas at El Paso
The University of Texas at San Antonio
University of California-Merced
University of North Texas

Cluster 12: Tech Cluster
Missouri University of Science and Technology
New Jersey Institute of Technology
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
University of Alabama in Huntsville

Cluster 13: Data Integration Cluster
George Mason University
Ohio University
Tennessee State University
Texas Tech University
University of New Hampshire

Cluster 14: Northern Cluster
Bowling Green State University
Illinois State University
Kent State University
Miami University
Montclair State University
Oakland University
Towson University
University of Maine
University of Minnesota-Duluth
Western Michigan University
Wright State University

Cluster 15: California State University System
The California State University System
participates as a system cluster.

Cluster 16: University System of Georgia
The University of System of Georgia participates
as system cluster.








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.


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.