IEP Fall Cohort Closes in September

APLU established the Innovation and Economic Prosperity (IEP) Universities program to recognize institutions that are exemplary in their contributions to regional economic development through their work in economic engagement. Economic engagement holistically encompasses university efforts promoting faculty/student innovation and entrepreneurship, excellence in technology transfer, contributing to talent and workforce development, establishing strong government-university-industry partnerships, and fostering community and “place” development through public service, engagement and outreach.

Join us for an information webinar highlighting the IEP Designation process and the benefits of completing the program. The Webinar will take place on Wednesday, August 15, at 1pm ET. Click here to register.  

More than 55 institutions have received the IEP University designation. Participating institutions complete a rigorous self-study of their economic engagement enterprise and earn the IEP University designation if enough benchmarks are met.

Why Designation Matters

  • Recognition for university economic engagement efforts among local and regional stakeholders.
  • Visibility at the national level through APLU, national higher education and economic development organizations, business organizations, federal agencies, and others.
  • A transformative process that engages internal and external university constituents in enhancing economic engagement efforts, building on accomplishments and planning for growth and improvement.

Once designated, institutions continue to learn and benefit from the program through the IEP Learning Exchange. Designated institutions are considered for special opportunities and events including national and international speaking engagements, tours of federal agencies/national organizations,  and other initiatives undertaken by APLU and partner organizations to advance and elevate the profile of university economic engagement.

What’s Different?

Access. As a result of a new partnership between APLU and UEDA, all UEDA member campuses who are not members of APLU are now able to participate in the IEP Universities Program–the same program APLU has implemented since 2013. Through UEDA+, all institutions of higher education ranging from private research universities to community colleges are eligible to pursue the IEP Universities Designation and engage with the IEP university community.


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For questions about the IEP University Program, or to receive a template for the letter of intent, please contact Tim Hindes at *email address protected* or 216.200.UEDA (8332).

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