University Economic Development Association

IEP Universities

Engaging in Economics

The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities established the established the Innovation and Economic Prosperity (IEP) Universities program to recognize institutions that are exemplary in their contributions to regional economic development through their work in economic engagement.

IEP universities are considered for special opportunities and events including national and international speaking engagements, tours of federal agencies/national organizations, and other initiatives undertaken by APLU and partner organizations to advance and elevate the profile higher education economic engagement. Also, designated institutions continue to learn and benefit from the program through the IEP Learning Exchange.

UEDA’s Role Benefits Our Members

There are currently more than 60 IEP-designated institutions, and thanks to the partnership between APLU and UEDA, all UEDA member campuses who are not members of APLU are now able to participate in the IEP Universities Program. Through UEDA+, all institutions of higher education ranging from private research universities to community colleges are eligible to pursue the IEP Universities Designation and engage with the IEP university community.