APLU and its Commission on Economic and Community Engagement (CECE) established the Innovation and Economic Prosperity (IEP) Universities Program to help higher education institutions know, measure, tell, and improve their campus enterprise supporting economic and community development. The designation recognizes institutions that have demonstrated a meaningful, sustainable, and substantial commitment to and strategy for economic and community development.
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 program is open to both APLU member and non-APLU member institutions. Questions regarding the IEP universities program? Contact the IEP program director, Shalin Jyotishi.