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GRU joins nation’s oldest higher education association

Georgia Regents University has been named a member of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities – the nation’s oldest higher education association representing 239 member institutions.

“This honor validates GRU’s commitment to student and faculty success through research and education and our continuous efforts to grow and improve our research funding and recruitment, our doctoral program offering, and our strategic partnerships and affiliations in areas that stimulate innovation,” said GRU President Ricardo Azziz. “We are honored to join such a prestigious organization and look forward to future opportunities for collaboration with our peers across the nation.”

APLU is a research, policy, and advocacy organization made up of public research universities, land-grant institutions, state university systems, and affiliated organizations. Located in Washington, D.C., the organization is a strong voice on critical legislative, policy, and funding issues affecting universities.

“Georgia Regents University makes a positive impact on its students, alumni, faculty, and community. The university’s strong commitment to research and teaching make it a great addition to the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities,” said APLU President Peter McPherson. “APLU’s 239 members enroll 4.8 million undergraduates and 1.3 million graduate students, award 1.2 million degrees, employ 1.4 million faculty and staff, and conduct $41.4 billion in university-based research.  We are dedicated to advancing learning, discovery, and engagement, and the association provides a forum for the discussion and development of policies and programs affecting higher education and the public interest.”

Membership criteria for public institutions such as GRU mandates that the institution be a public research university or land-grant university meeting certain thresholds in the areas of research activity, breadth of doctoral programs and research focus, student enrollment, and community engagement.

Other member universities in Georgia include Georgia Tech, Georgia State, The University of Georgia, Georgia Southern University, and Fort Valley State University.