APLU and its Commission on Economic and Community Engagement (CECE) established the Innovation and Economic Prosperity (IEP) Universities Program to help higher education institutions codify, elevate, and advance their campus enterprise supporting economic and community development. The designation recognizes institutions that have demonstrated a meaningful, ongoing and substantial commitment to economic and community development, growth, and economic opportunity.
The IEP Universities program helps institutions to codify, elevate and advance their "economic engagement" enterprise which encompasses the many and varied ways universities work with their public-private partners to carry out:
More than 60 institutions have earned this distinguished recognition. IEP University designees complete a rigorous self-study of their economic engagement enterprise that allows them to inventory their true societal and economic impact while identifying strengths and areas of improvement in economic engagement. They exchange ideas, best practices and shared challenges with like-minded peers across North America with a goal of strengthening their ecosystem promoting regional economic prosperity and community development.
The IEP Universities program was developed by APLU's Commission on Economic and Community Engagement (CECE), convening chief economic and community engagement officers as well as presidents and chancellors, provosts, senior research officers, government and public affairs leaders, and other administrators with responsibility for planning, executing, or communicating their institution's work in economic and community engagement. Learn more and join CECE today. Questions regarding the IEP universities program? Contact the IEP program director, Shalin Jyotishi.