APLU and its Commission on Economic and Community Engagement (CECE) established the Innovation and Economic Prosperity (IEP) Universities Program to help higher education institutions strengthen their strategy and practices in economic and community development while providing due recognition to institutions that are exemplary in their institution-wide commitment to regional economic engagement.
More than 65 institutions have earned this distinguished recognition by working with on-campus (faculty, staff, leadership, and students) and off-campus (businesses, local and state government, communities, and others) stakeholders to complete a rigorous self-study of their economic engagement enterprise that allows them to identify their strengths and areas of growth and improvement in economic engagement.
Institutions complete the program collaboratively with APLU staff and a national community of practice. They exchange ideas, best practices and shared challenges with like-minded peers across North America with a goal of strengthening their ecosystem that maximizes their institution's economic and societal impact. Once designated, institutions implement the growth and improvement plan they implemented and participate in a variety of outreach efforts to elevate the visibility of their work in economic engagement - regionally and nationally.
Central to IEP and the work of APLU in economic and community engagement is helping institutions better "know, measure, and tell the story of" their holistic "economic engagement" impact which is defined in three primary categories of work and their intersections:
The IEP Universities program is open to both APLU member and non-APLU member institutions.
Questions regarding the IEP universities program? Contact APLU's Sheila Martin (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Abigail Robbins (email@example.com).