At West Virginia University, purpose is one of our fundamental pillars and we put words into action by formally continuing the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities Innovation and Economic Prosperity designation program to refine and enhance its economic engagement and purpose as a community. partner.
Although the APLU designation recognizes institutions of higher learning that demonstrate an exceptional commitment to economic and community development, it is often the journey to earning the designation itself that is considered most valuable.
“Continuing the APLU IEP designation program helps strengthen our reputation as a modern land-grant institution,” said Maryanne Reed, vice president and vice president for academic affairs. “As we go through this process, we have the opportunity to stay true to our core values while forging stronger partnerships to drive progress and prosperity far beyond the University.”
Over the coming months, WVU will engage with internal and external stakeholders to complete a rigorous self-assessment process of its work around innovation, community development, and economic engagement efforts in order to identify strengths as well as areas for growth and improvement.
Led by Dean of Outreach and Engagement Jorge Atiles and Associate Vice President of the Research Office for Creative and Academic Activities Melanie Page, the IEP Core Team is currently in the process of recruiting officers. liaison in colleges and campus units to identify members to serve on working groups. These groups will engage in different aspects of the self-assessment and designation processes, including developing an inventory of programs and projects that align with IEP’s definition of economic engagement, collecting data and administering surveys to internal and external stakeholders.
“As WVU, knowing our purpose is the foundation on which we build and grow. It is the driver that pushes us up and forward. It is the reason we come together,” said Atiles.
“Earning the IEP designation will help us strengthen our long-term strategy and practices to maximize WVU’s impact on innovation and economic prosperity in West Virginia and beyond,” Page added.
This process will create opportunities to discover new and innovative ways to measure and improve the University’s economic engagement and leverage our talents and resources to create a better future for West Virginia and the world. .
A report will be distributed at the end of this process to compare successes and consider changes to strategic plans, collaborations or initiatives that could be improved or expanded.
Learn more about the APLU IEP designation and stay informed throughout the process.