Making College Better

APLU is working with 130 universities on pilot programs to improve student success.

Making College Better

THE ASSOCIATION OF Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), an organization with membership in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, has launched a massive effort to increase college access, close the achievement gap, and award hundreds of thousands more degrees by 2025. Through the initiative, called Powered by Publics: Scaling Student Success, participating universities will work within clusters of four to 12 institutions to implement innovative practices that advance student success. Schools also pledge to share aggregate data with the goal of spurring lasting change across the higher education sector.

"We've witnessed growing enthusiasm among public university leaders to advance college completion," says APLU president Peter McPherson. "We have to seize the moment and mobilize institutions."

Collectively, the 130 participating U.S. institutions enroll 3 million students, including 1 million who receive Fell Grants. They are diverse in their enrollment, demographics, regional workforce needs, and selectivity. This diversity is intended to spark adaptable reforms that can be adopted by a variety of institutions, including those with limited resources. Each cluster of universities will focus on a specific area, such as data integration, financial aid, student literacy, and the role of student advising.

The effort will be overseen by APLU's Center for Public University Transformation, which will regularly disseminate lessons learned from participating institutions.

Find links to a list of participating schools and view frequently asked questions.