Unlike many award programs, the APLU competition required universities to describe both accomplishments and challenges. To that end, NIU’s application includes a “growth and improvement” section that outlines how the university intends to maintain momentum in its regional engagement efforts.That last part is not going to be as easy as it looks, in the presence of hiring freezes for an already shrunken faculty.
“Highlighting this kind of work is critical to developing a sustainable culture of innovation and entrepreneurship among our students and faculty,” [interim provost Lisa] Freeman said. “It really requires us to consistently focus on what works, why it works, and what it will take to do more of it.”
THE BOUNDARIES OF THE UNIVERSITY ARE THE BOUNDARIES OF THE STATE.
That's one formulation of the Wisconsin Idea, and it gives structure to that university's extension efforts. There's something similar at Northern Illinois, which is a recipient of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities inaugural Economic Prosperity Awards, for outreach to its region. One component of the award highlights the Center for P-20 Engagement, which currently supports the Center for Economic Education and our Poster Contest. (And yes, there will be another gallery come spring).