APLU is currently accepting applications from member institutions interested in pursuing the Innovation and Economic Prosperity (IEP) University Designation, which recognizes universities that are leaders in spurring and promoting regional economic development and engagement. Participating institutions complete a rigorous self-study of their economic engagement enterprise and earn APLU’s IEP university designation if enough benchmarks are met. Institutions that earn the designation are then eligible to apply for APLU’s IEP University Awards, which recognize leaders in the categories of Talent, Innovation, Place, and Connections. Throughout the process, designated campuses as well as institutions seeking the designation are given access to the Learning Exchange – a platform for learning, sharing, and engaging with peers in university economic engagement.
The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant to two University of Central Florida (UCF) researchers to study institutions that have earned the APLU Innovation and Economic Prosperity (IEP) University designation. The Innovation and Economic Prosperity Universities program was established in 2012 to recognize institutions that have spurred regional economic development through their economic engagement work – including technology transfer, innovation and entrepreneurship, workforce development, industry partnerships and community development, outreach and service.
The Campus Safety, Health, and Environmental Association (CSHEMA) has named its 2017 class of winners for the Campus Leaders Who Care Award in recognition of their work to enhance laboratory and research safety at universities across the country. The Campus Leaders Award, which recognizes senior university leaders advancing health and safety issues on campus, aims to spotlight innovative research safety practices and drive broader awareness of lab safety as an oft-overlooked but critically important issue. APLU and CSHEMA partnered to recognize these outstanding programs. Kacy Redd, APLU’s Assistant Vice President for Science and Mathematics Education Policy, served as an applicant reviewer for the awards.