At West Virginia University, purpose is one of our fundamental pillars and we are putting words into action by officially following the Association of Public Universities and Land Grant’s Innovation and Economic Prosperity designation program to further refine and enhance its economic commitment and its purpose as a community. buddy.
While the APLU designation recognizes higher education institutions that demonstrate an exceptional commitment to economic and community development, it is often the path to earning the designation that is viewed as most valuable.
“Following the APLU IEP designation program helps enhance our reputation as a modern land-grant institution,” said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Maryanne Reed. “As we move through this process, we have an opportunity to stay true to our core values while forging stronger partnerships to drive progress and prosperity far beyond the University.”
Over the next several 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 to identify strengths and areas for growth and improvement.
Led by Outreach and Engagement Dean Jorge Atiles and Office of Research Associate Vice President for Creative and Academic Activities Melanie Page, the IEP Core Team is currently in the process of recruiting liaisons from colleges and units across campus to identify members to serve on task forces. These groups will participate in different aspects of the self-assessment and designation processes, including developing an inventory of programs and projects that align with the IEP definition of financial participation, collecting data, and administering surveys with internal stakeholders and external.
“As a WVU, knowing our purpose is the foundation on which we build and grow. It is the driver that pushes us up and forward. It’s the reason we came together,” Atiles said.
“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,” added Page.
Going through this process will create opportunities to discover new and innovative ways to measure and improve the economic commitment of the University and to harness 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 modifications to strategic plans, collaborations, or initiatives that could be improved or expanded.
Learn more about APLU’s IEP designation and stay up-to-date throughout the process.