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    2016 APLU Annual Meeting
    Join more than 1,400 senior higher education leaders in Austin
    The APLU Annual Meeting has become the premier event for public university leaders to meet and exchange ideas with colleagues from across North America, learn about the latest challenges and opportunities facing public universities, and develop new ideas and initiatives to further strengthen our work.
    November 13-15, 2016
    Austin, TX
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    Our Members
    Dedicated to Advancing Learning, Discovery & Engagement
    APLU member campuses annually enroll 4.8 million undergraduate and 1.3 million graduate students, award 1.2 million degrees, and conduct $41.4 billion in university-based research. Collectively, they demonstrate the power and the good of public universities.
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  • Courtesy of the Students
    Read the Personal Stories of Students Who Aren't Counted in Their Institution's Federal Graduation Rate
    Due to a congressional ban on student-level data, the federal government is unable to reliably and consistently report the outcomes of transfer students after they transfer, and has only recently added minimal reporting for part-time students. Yet more than half of bachelor’s degree recipients in recent years attended more than one school and nearly two-thirds of community college students start part-time. These are the stories of those left out.
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  • Portland State University
    Collaborating for Change
    Analyzing New Approaches for Student Success
    Collaborating for Change is a six-year student success initiative that works with public urban research universities to plan and implement transformational practices to advance student success. These transformations are focused on admitting, retaining, educating, and graduating high need, at-risk students while reducing costs, reexamining campus business models, and fostering mutually beneficial engagements.
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  • University of Minnesota
    Strengthening Communities
    Public Research Universities Drive Economic Development through Community Engagement
    APLU members are engaged in their communities, regions, and beyond, tackling societal challenges, creating great places to work and live, and advancing economic growth and prosperity.
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Projects & Initiatives

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Urban Initiatives
    Participants from the TPG project and other public urban research institutions Collaborate for Change in higher education, creating student success pathways to graduate more at-risk students.
  • 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.
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    International Programs
    The commission is tasked with identifying the research, education and engagement efforts public universities should develop to ensure the three pillars of food security – access, availability and utilization – are met throughout the world.
  • Agriculture, Human Sciences & Natural Resources
    The Healthy Food Systems, Healthy People initiative calls for collaborations and integration among agriculture, food, nutrition, and health care systems that have never before been explored or optimized.
  • Student testing chemicals in a lab
    Agriculture, Human Sciences & Natural Resources
    APLU and the AAVMC created a Task Force on Antibiotic Resistance in Production Agriculture to help advise the federal government on a research agenda and publicly disseminate information on the use of antibiotics in production agriculture.
  • Economic Development & Engagement
    Since 2006, APLU's Council on Engagement and Outreach (CEO) 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.
  • 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 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.
  • STEM Education
    The MTE-Partnership provides a coordinated research, development, and implementation effort for secondary mathematics teacher preparation programs. The Partnership was initially formed to meet the challenges of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and to embody research and best practices in the field.
  • Greek theatre at the University of Arkansas
    International Programs
    The mission of the Knowledge Center is to improve development assistance to higher education around the world. We pursue this mission because we believe that institutions of higher education are vital to development, innovation, and poverty reduction.
  • Man standing in the acoustics lab at binghamton university
    Research, Science & Technology
    APLU is helping to lead the effort to close the innovation deficit -- the widening gap between actual and needed federal investments in research and higher education.
  • Accountability & Transparency
    Simple, straightforward presentation of comparable information directly from public universities at no charge to students and families. Data elements selected based on input from students and families seeking trustworthy data.
  • Urban Initiatives
    We are a nationwide network of urban universities dedicated to preparing the next generation of health professionals.

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: The APLU Story
The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) is a research, policy, and advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening and advancing the work of public universities in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.  With a membership of 236 public research universities, land-grant institutions, state university systems, and affiliated organizations, APLU's agenda is built on the three pillars of increasing degree completion and academic success, advancing scientific research, and expanding engagement.  

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

Wendy Fink
Fink Presents on Ag Careers and Workforce
Wendy Fink
Associate Director, Food, Agriculture & Natural Resources Programs

Wendy Fink, APLU's associate director for Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources, served as a panelist at the North American Food & Ag HR Roundtable. The panel examined how employability skills have changed in food and agriculture fields, where they need to change further, and what universities can do to help agriculture graduates develop skills such as teamwork, leadership, communications, and professionalism.