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    Public Universities at Forefront of Search for Cures & Treatments for COVID-19
    Research and community engagement efforts underway to address global health crisis
    From a search for a vaccine to antiviral treatments and low-cost ventilators, public research universities are helping to lead the way to turn the tide on COVID-19.
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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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    Aspire: The National Alliance for Inclusive & Diverse STEM Faculty
    APLU & CIRTL are leading the Aspire Alliance—a 5-year, $10 million NSF-funded effort to diversify STEM faculty and promote more inclusive teaching practices
    The Aspire Alliance is utilizing collaborative networks to help universities identify and implement the best practices to prepare, attract, and retain underrepresented STEM faculty.
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    Public University Responses to the Coronavirus
    The outbreak of the Coronavirus is creating a rapidly changing global health issue
    APLU hopes this list of resources about the Coronavirus will assist universities in responding to and communicating with their campuses.
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    Public Impact Research Report
    More than 60 university leaders contributed to the final report
    A new report on public impact research (PIR) intends to stimulate greater and more diverse public engagement in garnering the contributions of university research to the nation.
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Projects & Initiatives

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  • Economic Development & Engagement
    APLU supports its public research university members contributing to the economic welfare, well-being, and quality of life of communities in rural communities across the nation.
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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.
  • Economic Development & Engagement
    APLU, USU, Workcred, and UPCEA explore how universities and certification bodies can improve student success and workforce outcomes by reducing the time and cost gaps between a 4-year degree and an industry certification.
  • STEM Education
    Through SEMINAL: Student Engagement through an Institutional Network for Active Learning, faculty will collaborate with APLU to better understand both how to sustain success in implementing active learning in undergraduate mathematics classes and how to facilitate similar success at other institutions.
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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.
  • Economic Development & Engagement
    The IEP University Designation is earned by institutions demonstrating an institutional, sustainable, and substantive commitment to excellence in economic engagement.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
    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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    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).
  • 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.
  • 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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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

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.

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APLU Staff Highlights

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APLU’s Anderson Leads Workshop on Examining Diversity in Engineering
Eugene L. Anderson, Ph.D.
Vice President, Access and Success

In May, Dr. Eugene Anderson, APLU’s Vice President for Access and Success, presented at a virtual workshop, Examining Diversity in Engineering: From National to Local Exploration and Problem‐Solving, at the University at Albany.