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  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
    APLU Urges Swift Congressional Action to, At a Minimum, Codify DACA Provisions into Law
    The decision to end the DACA program without a clear legislative solution in place unquestionably creates great uncertainty for the roughly 800,000 young people currently enrolled. APLU urges Congress to act now.
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  • APLU 2017 Annual Meeting
    The Age of Disruption: Navigating, Innovating, and Excelling
    The theme of this year's APLU Annual Meeting is The Age of Disruption: Navigating, Innovating, and Excelling. Join senior leaders from across public higher education as we tackle the challenges public research universities are facing as they work to adapt to age of extraordinary change.
    November 12-14, 2017
    Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC
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    The Challenge of Change
    Harnessing University Discovery, Engagement, and Learning to Achieve Food and Nutrition Security
    APLU's Challenge of Change commission—comprised of prominent university, government, non-governmental organizations, and business leaders—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.
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  • A SMART Approach to Student Success
    APLU's Online, Self-Paced Course on Strategic Management of Advising Reform and Technology
    A broad consensus is growing among college and university leadership about the ability of campus-wide, proactive advising systems to drive student success in significant ways. To help college and university leaders implement new systems for redesigning advising and supporting students across their campuses, APLU developed an online course: A SMART Approach to Student Success: Strategic Management of Advising Reform and Technology.
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  • Georgia State University
    Broadening Participation in the STEM Professoriate
    NSF-funded Project Seeks to Diversify the STEM Professoriate at Public Research Universities
    APLU INCLUDES, funded by an NSF pilot grant, aims to help member institutions increase the number of STEM faculty from underrepresented and traditionally underserved groups. Through a collaborative, evidence-based approach, this project will provide tools for universities to effectively recruit, hire, and retain faculty from underrepresented groups.
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Projects & Initiatives

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  • 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.
  • 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. HIBAR research builds upon excellence in basic research and maximizes the potential for collaboration between academic institutions, business, industry, and government. Academic engagement is combined with real-world problem solving, leading to significant innovation and advancement.
  • 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
With APLU's Annual Meeting preparation in full swing, APLU President Peter McPherson interviewed a few unique candidates for a new Annual Meeting position. Will their enthusiasm for public universities land them the job?.

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

University of Illinois
A federal ban on student-level data means we simply do not know enough on student outcomes at each college and university in the U.S. APLU is helping to lead the campaign to lift the data ban and shed light on student outcomes such as post-collegiate employment and accurate graduation rates.

APLU Staff Highlights

Kacy Redd
APLU's Redd Co-authors Paper Calling for STEM Discipline-based Education Researchers to Cross Disciplinary Boundaries
Kacy Redd, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice President, Science & Mathematics Education Policy

APLU’s Kacy Redd co-authored a paper in the International Journal of Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education explaining the need for the STEM discipline-based education research community to cross disciplinary boundaries to foster knowledge creation and diffusion about how students learn to advance STEM education.