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    Trade Deal or Not, U.S. Must Counter China on Research
    China Is Heavily Investing in Science and Technology While U.S. Research is Stagnant
    U.S. and Chinese trade talks have hit a snag, imperiling hopes for a deal that the two sides have been pursuing for over a year. Even if all trade issues were resolved tomorrow, China has been racing ahead in scientific investment and progress. That poses an increasingly urgent challenge to U.S. scientific supremacy.
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    Is College Worth It? For Students and Society, the Answer is a Resounding Yes
    You can trace America’s ascendance through advancements in education
    In a Medium op-ed, APLU President Peter McPherson argues a college education is more important than ever—projections suggest 65 percent of all jobs in the American economy will require postsecondary education by next year.
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    Dedicated to Advancing Learning, Discovery & Engagement
    APLU member campuses annually enroll 4.9 million undergraduate and 1.3 million graduate students, award 1.3 million degrees, aemploy 1.3 million faculty and staff, and conduct $44.9 billion in university-based research. Collectively, they demonstrate the power and the good of public universities.
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    Powered By Publics: Scaling Student Success
    130 Public Universities Increasing College Access, Equity, and Completion
    The participating institutions will work within “clusters” of four to 12 institutions that concurrently implement innovative and effective practices to advance student success on their campuses. Collectively, the institutions enroll 3 million students, including 1 million students who receive Pell Grants.
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    Cultivating a More Diverse & Inclusive STEM Faculty
    $10 Million Project Seeks to Attract & Enable More Underrepresented Students to Succeed in STEM Fields
    In order to develop bold, new educational models that broaden participation in STEM programs and fields, NSF announced the award of a five-year, $10 million NSF INCLUDES Alliance grant co-led by APLU and CIRTL, based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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    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.
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    Accountability & Transparency
    VSA
    Designed by institutions for institutions, the new VSA provides a robust, interactive, and user-friendly platform to compare and analyze key performance metrics across colleges and universities.
  • 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.
  • STEM Education
    Aspire: The National Alliance for Inclusive & Diverse STEM Faculty 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.
  • Economic Development & Engagement
    The IEP University Designation is earned by institutions demonstrating an institutional, sustainable, and substantive commitment to excellence in economic engagement.
  • 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.
  • 2018 Engineering Report
    Access & Diversity
    Funded by NSF, the report examines trends in engineering degrees cto determine areas of growth among various groups, changes in racial, ethnic, and gender diversity in engineering, and which colleges and universities graduate a larger number of underrepresented groups in specific engineering disciplines.
  • 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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    International Programs
    Knowledge and innovation is not bound by national borders. This has always been true, but the scope and complexity of today’s challenges make the necessity for global engagement even more critical. The University Commitment to Global Engagement provides an opportunity for institutions to declare their commitment to global engagement and to solving our world’s most pressing problems.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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    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.
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    International Programs
    For over ten years, APLU has served as a vital link between the university community, USAID, and the Board on International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD).

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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

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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.

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APLU’s Shalin Jyotishi presents during Rutgers University graduate student workshop
Shalin Jyotishi
Assistant Director, Economic Development and Community Engagement

At a workshop organized by Rutgers University graduate students hosted at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, APLU’s Shalin Jyotishi spoke on a panel addressing the role of boundary organizations, associations, and professional societies for fostering public and policy engagement. He focused on the importance of engaging with local communities and leveraging economic and community engagement officers as resources for outreach.