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  • The Clash of Ideas on Campus
    The State of the First Amendment at Public Universities
    APLU and The Fund for American Studies will explore the complex set of free speech issues confronting public universities. Public universities are vital pillars of democracy, helping to advance knowledge and serving as venues for vigorous debate and the free expression of speech and ideas. Yet in recent years, some have questioned both that role and the open-mindedness of students and faculty. At the same time, public universities have become a backdrop for some individuals who aim to sow discord, rather than advance a meaningful public dialogue.
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    #CountAllStudents
    Read the Personal Stories of Students Who Aren't Counted in Their Institution's Federal Graduation Rate
    As commencement season begins, colleges and universities across the country are urging the federal government to #CountAllStudents—a campaign to share stories of their 2018 graduates who transferred or started school part-time and are therefore missing from the federal graduation rate.
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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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Projects & Initiatives

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  • Degree Completion & Student Success
    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 & Student Success
    The 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

APLU's Jyotishi Featured by Engaging Scientists and Engineers in Policy Coalition
Shalin Jyotishi
Associate, Economic Development and Community Engagement

APLU’s Shalin Jyotishi was featured during this month’s member spotlight by the Engaging Scientists and Engineers in Policy (ESEP) Coalition, an ad hoc alliance of associations, scientific societies, universities and other organizations dedicated to engaging scientists and engineers in the policy process at all levels of government. Jyotishi discussed his own pathway into science and technology policy. Read the spotlight and engage in the conversation on the ESEP Coalition’s online community on Trellis Science.