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The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities released a new report this week aimed at helping public research institutions take concrete actions to support publicly engaged, equity-oriented and publicly impactful scholarship.

The report, published Monday, combines insights from university administrators, prior research and academic literature to highlight eight key strategies that can improve the community engagement, outreach and influence of public-serving colleges and universities across the country. 

The strategies include reforming appointment, retention, tenure, and promotion practices to favor those who value publicly engaged work; building capacity for engagement and equity work among faculty; and formalizing curricular training and professional development opportunities for students.

“Today’s challenges are increasingly complex and require institutions to engage more deeply with their communities than ever before,” said APLU president Mark Becker. “The Modernizing Scholarship action framework provides institutions a critical roadmap for bolstering their publicly engaged research and impact.”