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    2022 APLU Annual Meeting: Future Forward
    The APLU Annual Meeting Was Back In-Person For the First Time Since 2019
    The 2022 APLU Annual Meeting brought together nearly 1,200 senior public university leaders to discuss strategies and share lessons learned on student success; research and discovery; and community and economic engagement.
    Novemmber 6-8, 2022
    Denver, CO
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    Mark Becker: APLU's New President
    Becker succeeded Peter McPherson Sept. 1
    "As I begin my journey today as APLU president, I feel that same excitement along with the same sense of responsibility I had as university president to not only be a good steward of my institution, but to be forward-thinking, inclusive, and innovative to maximize its full potential..."
    Read President Becker's Letter to APLU
  • Celebrate Pell
    Celebrating 50 Years of Pell Grants
    The Pell Grant program has supported more than 80 million students since 1972
    Pell grants play a vital role in helping students from historically underserved groups gain access to higher education. More college graduates help create a more vibrant society.
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Projects & Initiatives

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  • Degree Completion & Student Success
    Powered by Publics is convening nearly 125 change-ready institutions within 16 “transformation clusters” focused on solving different pieces of the student success puzzle. Participating institutions are working collaboratively to increase college access, eliminate the achievement gap, and award hundreds of thousands more degrees by 2025.
  • STEM Education
    Aspire: The National Alliance for Inclusive & Diverse STEM Faculty is an NSF-backed initiative to expand the diversity of STEM faculty by increasing the number and percentage of traditionally underrepresented groups, including women, members of minority racial and ethnic groups, persons with disabilities, and those from low socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Economic Development & Engagement
    The IEP University Designation is earned by institutions demonstrating an institutional, sustainable, and substantive commitment to excellence in economic engagement.
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    Deepening Community & Economic Engagement
    Amid a record-shattering number of American workers quitting their jobs to seek better opportunities, APLU released a report outlining the ways public research universities can innovate to meet the upskilling needs of a rapidly changing labor force so workers can attain better careers.
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    Research, Science & Technology
    A growing number of public universities are taking these efforts to the next level through collaborative, multidisciplinary research known as Public Impact Research (PIR). To spur broader adoption of PIR, APLU is working with member universities to identify best practices and elevate awareness of the work.
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    Agriculture, Human Sciences & Natural Resources
    The United States (U.S.) risks losing the ability to compete internationally if we ask our researchers and educators to conduct and deliver 21st century results in facilities from the 1950s and 1960s
  • 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.
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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.
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    Agriculture, Human Sciences & Natural Resources
    Understanding and meeting the needs of employers and the skills new graduates will take with them into the workplace is vital when developing curricula and degree programs.
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    Urban Initiatives
    With funding from the Kresge Foundation, APLU & USU examined the magnitude of the pandemic’s impact on food insecurity on college students and outlining steps better address food insecurity.
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    Accountability & Transparency
    Designed by institutions for institutions, VSA Analytics provides a robust, interactive, and user-friendly platform to compare and analyze key performance metrics across colleges and universities.

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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: Powered by Publics (PxP)
APLU launches the Powered by Publics initiative. This effort is convening 130 public universities and systems to collectively develop and scale innovative solutions to increase degree completion and close the achievement gap nationwide.

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

The Pell Grant is a proven program that has been the foundation of federal student aid for decades, opening the doors of college and opportunity to low- and moderate-income students. APLU joins the higher education community in requesting doubling the maximum annual Pell Grant award to help more students earn a degree, get a good-paying job, and ensure them greater economic mobility and a brighter future.

Featured Publication

2021 Annual Report Cover

APLU Staff Highlights

Presents on Using Data to Promote Student Success
Denise Nadasen, D.M.
Assistant Vice President of Institutional Data and Analytics, Office of Academic Affairs

APLU’s Denise Nadasen, APLU’s Assistant Vice President, Data and Policy Analysis, presented on the APLU co-led Data Literacy Institute and the effective use of data to promote student success at the Northeast Association of Institutional Research meeting in Maine.