Category:  R&D, innovation, commercialization; business creation & development

Overview: The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) is a research advocacy organization of public research universities, land-grant institutions, and state university systems with member campuses in 50 states and the District of Columbia. APLU’s Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness and Economic Prosperity (CICEP) is developing a set of metrics that universities can use to describe their contributions to regional economies. The initiative’s goal is to create a resource for universities to better measure and describe their multi-faceted contributions to innovation and economic growth.

Unit of Analysis: Universities

Coverage: Members of APLU initially. APLU also will promote the adoption of the metrics by other universities.

Size:  At present, 35 academic institutions participate in the CICEP Metrics pilot. In fall 2012, APLU will encourage all 218 member institutions to adopt the metrics.

Form: To be determined

Frequency: Annual

Key Data Elements (under development):

Relationship with industry Developing the regional and national workforce Knowledge incubation & acceleration programs
  • Material transfer agreements
  • Consortia agreements
  • Sponsored research by industry
  • Clinical trials
  • Service to external clients
  •  Student employment on funded projects
  • Student economic engagement
  • Student entrepreneurship
  • Alumni in the workforce
  • Incubation & accerlation program success
  • Relationships between client/program participants & host university
  • Ability to attract external investment

Data Collection Methods: Institutions primarily collect data from internal files, surveys of students and alumni, and state employment records.

Access: Through individual institutions. APLU is likely to make data available, but the means and level of aggregation has not been determined.

Potential Uses for Regional Analysis: Assessing individual university’s economic contributions to a region; comparing economic roles of universities in various regions; developing a typology of universities by type of contribution and determining the implications for university policy and programs

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