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Projects & Initiatives

Economic Development & Community Engagement

Public research universities are engaged in their communities and regions, tackling societal challenges, creating great places to work and live, and advancing economic growth and prosperity. Universities partner with community organizations, state and local government, entrepreneurs, small businesses, major corporations, and economic development organizations. Collaborative efforts focus on imagining and then realizing a shared vision for healthier and more engaged citizens, thriving economies, and other outcomes that lead to a better tomorrow. Interested in addressing these issues? APLU's Commission on Economic and Community Engagement convenes senior administrators across APLU member institutions who have an institutional-level responsibility for planning, executing, or communicating the university's work in economic and community engagement.

Economic Development & Engagement
The IEP University Designation is earned by institutions demonstrating an institutional, sustainable, and substantive commitment to excellence in economic engagement.
Economic Development & Engagement
APLU supports its public research university members contributing to the economic welfare, well-being, and quality of life of communities in rural communities across the nation.
Economic Development & Engagement
APLU, USU, Workcred, and UPCEA explore how universities and credentialing bodies can improve student success and workforce outcomes by reducing the time and cost gaps between a 4-year degree and post-graduate credentials.
Clemson University
Economic Development & Engagement
Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow (LIFT), APLU, and the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) created an Expert Educator Team (EET) to identify how colleges and universities can modify curricula to meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities workers will need for jobs in the advanced manufacturing sector.
Magrath Award Winner
Economic Development & Engagement
With support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, APLU presents the national C. Peter Magrath Award for Community Engagement to recognize the outstanding community-university engagement scholarship work of four-year public universities. The program recognizes colleges and universities that have redesigned their learning, discovery, and engagement missions to become even more involved with their communities.
Economic Development & Engagement
The University Innovation and Entrepreneurship Showcase highlights university affiliated startup businesses to promote the importance of federally-funded university research and demonstrate how university-led entrepreneurial engagement contributes to the innovation economy.
Economic Development & Engagement
The Technology Transfer Evolution Working Group will identify ways in which the practice of university technology transfer is changing, and must continue to change, to sustain and increase university responsiveness to the needs of stakeholders, and more broadly to challenges in society and the economy.
Courtesy of North Carolina State University
Economic Development & Engagement
Education for employment upon graduation is important, but a four-year degree should also put graduates in a better position to adapt as employment requirements change throughout their careers.
Economic Development & Engagement
A set of core ideas to help universities focus efforts not only on telling their economic engagement story well, but also growing, improving, and advancing their economic engagement enterprise and thereby accelerating economic development in their regions, nationally, and globally.
Economic Development & Engagement
The centrality of engagement is critical to the success of higher education in the future. Engagement is essential to most effectively achieving the overall purpose of the university, which is focused on the knowledge enterprise.
Photo Courtesy of Texas A&M University
Economic Development & Engagement
APLU believes public and land-grant universities should dramatically expand engagement efforts with partners in the communities they serve—members of the public, community organizations, business and industry, state and local government, and others.
Urban Initiatives
The Coalition of Urban Serving University's University-Community Partnerships work to advance student success, degree completion, and community transformation. Institutions awarded grants supporting this work undertake a variety of nascent reforms touching virtually every aspect of the student experience to establish the environment necessary for students to thrive.
Economic Development & Engagement
From 1996 to 2000 the W.K. Kellogg Foundation provided more than $1 million in funding for a presidential commission charged with defining and analyzing necessary reforms and suggesting ways to accomplish them. A series of reports document the commission's findings.
Research, Science & Technology
The APLU Task Force on Managing University Intellectual Property is examining the role of technology transfer in fulfilling our institutions' public purposes.
Economic Development & Engagement
The infographic, Scanning the Engagement Landscape: University Engagement by the Numbers, demonstrates that engagement, outreach, and community partnerships are central to the work of our APLU member universities.

Councils & Commissions

Meetings & Events Events

Jul
22
All Day
Westgate Park City Park City, Utah
Jul
28
All Day
Wayne State University's Mike Ilitch School of Business, Detroit, Michigan