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    APLU Statement on Public Universities’ Commitment to Free Speech
    Public Institutions Must Safeguard Free Speech
    Public universities are firmly committed to ensuring their students are exposed to an array of ideas and opinions – those with which they agree and, importantly, those that challenge their perspectives and worldview.
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    APLU Launches Center for Public University Transformation
    Unprecedented National Effort to Boost Number of College Graduates
    Recognizing the need for transformative change in higher education, APLU launched a major new effort in which 100 public research universities – organized in clusters of eight to 10 institutions – will work to produce hundreds of thousands of more graduates by 2025. The clusters of institutions will develop, refine, and scale innovative practices that will also aim to close the achievement gap.
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    Completion Grants
    Helping Low-income Students Reach the Finish Line
    In an effort to prevent low-income college students nearing graduation from dropping out, APLU and Temple University have announced they will work on a five-year project to improve and grow small-dollar completion grants aimed at ensuring such students complete their degree. Their partnership is funded with a nearly $4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences.
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    2017 APLU Annual Report
    A Successful Year of Public Universities Working Collaboratively
    APLU and our members engaged in a wide array of projects and initiatives centering on the three pillars of our work—expand access and improve student success to deliver the next generation workforce; advance and promote research and discovery to improve society and foster economic growth; and build healthy, prosperous, equitable, and vibrant communities.
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    Ready for Jobs, Careers, and a Lifetime
    Public Research Universities and Credentials that Count
    Broader education and employment preparation are not mutually exclusive goals, nor have they ever been. Public universities should focus on both goals to best serve students, society, and the economy. To that end, public universities should continue, decisively and with resolve, to evolve and incorporate strategies to increase student employment and career success.
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Projects & Initiatives

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  • Degree Completion
    APLU is creating a new national Center for Public University Transformation (CPUT) to grow, innovate, and sustain effective solutions that are scalable across the diverse set of institutions comprising the public university sector.
  • Research, Science & Technology
    The Highly Integrative Basic and Responsive (HIBAR) Research Alliance is a network of research leaders who believe that universities can improve research outcomes and increase benefits to society by engaging theory with practice for transformative solutions.
  • Map of the world made with pulses and grains
    International Programs
    APLU's Challenge of Change commission unveiled its much-anticipated report and action plan, which centers on harnessing the vast academic, research, and leadership capabilities of public research universities to address the transdisciplinary challenges of food and nutrition security.
  • STEM Education
    APLU INCLUDES is an NSF-backed initiative aimed at expanding the diversity of STEM faculty by increasing the number and percentage of underrepresented and traditionally underserved groups, consisting of women, members of minority racial and ethnic groups, persons with disabilities, and those from low socioeconomic backgrounds.
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    College Costs, Tuition & Financial Aid
    APLU’s Public University Values (#PublicUValues) campaign seeks to help better explain key facts about the value of public universities and to clarify some common misconceptions.
  • 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.
  • Economic Development & Engagement
    The designation and awards go to APLU member universities that demonstrate excellence and leadership in planning, implementing, and evaluating programs and initiatives that support regional economic development.
  • Learning Technology
    The PLC serves as a coordinating body to foster cooperation and collaboration that will advance the use of information technology to improve learning, retention, and graduation. PLC membership positions universities to better capture the economies of scale inherent in information technology.
  • Research, Science & Technology
    This guide is a roadmap for a university-wide effort to strengthen a culture of safety. The guide has action steps, resources, and recommendations to help navigate the challenge of changing the culture of the institution.
  • Accountability & Transparency
    The Excellence in Assessment (EIA) program – the first national initiative of its kind – recognizes institutions that successfully integrate assessment practices across campus, provide evidence of student learning outcomes, and use assessment results to guide institutional decision-making and improve student performance.
  • 2015 PDC Award Winner
    Degree Completion
    The Project Degree Completion Award recognize universities that have made significant progress in successfully retaining and graduating students while promoting those schools as models for other institutions.
  • Economic Development & Engagement
    Since 2006, APLU and the Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC), with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, have partnered 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.
  • Accountability & Transparency
    The Student Achievement Measure (SAM) provides a comprehensive picture of student progress on their path to earning a college degree or certificate. As compared to the limitations of typical graduation rate measures, SAM reports more outcomes for more students.

Members in the Spotlight

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Strength of APLU

APLU History
Our History
With roots extending back to 1887, APLU is North America's oldest higher education association.
Video Spotlight: 2017 APLU Annual Meeting
Public universities find themselves navigating a rapidly changing landscape that demands innovative and creative approaches to excel. The 2017 APLU Annual Meeting opening video offers a quick look at the past year of disruptions in the higher education landscape.

Strengthening & Advancing Public Universities Collectively.

Focused on increasing degree completion and academic success, advancing scientific research, and expanding engagement, APLU undertakes a wide array of projects and initiatives along with its members while providing a forum for public higher education leaders to work collaboratively to better meet the challenges and opportunities facing public universities.

Legislative Highlight

U.S. Capitol
As members of Congress consider reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, APLU has developed a series of higher education policy proposals we ask Congress to consider. APLU’s priorities are aimed at improving student success while enhancing our nation’s economic competitiveness.

APLU Staff Highlights

James Woodell
Woodell to Speak on Economic Engagement at Kansas Board of Regents Meeting
James K. Woodell, Ph.D.
Vice President, Economic Development and Community Engagement
Jim Woodell, APLU’s Vice President for Economic Development and Community Engagement, will speak about the importance of engagement by higher education institutions in economic and community development at an upcoming meeting of the Kansas Board of Regents in Kansas City. He will also speak at the Kansas State University Research Showcase and recognize K-State’s achievements in economic engagement as evidenced by the institution’s designation by APLU as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity (IEP) University and K-State's winning the IEP Universities Innovation Award in 2017.