A&T Wins University of the Year Award from APLU

At a special reception during the annual meeting of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU), the Council of 1890 Universities named North Carolina A&T State University as the co-winner of the 2014 1890 University of the Year award.

The 1890 University of the Year award was given as a part of the 1890 University Teaching, Research and Innovation Awards. For the second year in a row, the Council comprised of presidents and chancellors from APLU-member historically black land-grant and public universities highlighted the exemplary achievements at the institutions by recognizing advances in teaching, research and innovation.

“It’s a tremendous honor for the extraordinary work being done on our campus by administrators, educators, researchers and our students,” Chancellor Harold L. Martin Sr. said. “As we continue the journey to fulfill our strategic plan, A&T Preeminence 2020, it is imperative that we continue to make strides in the areas highlighted by this Council and beyond.”

The Council works to strengthen teaching, research and extension programs and seeks to maintain, ensure and increase funding at these institutions. The awards are designed to bring exposure to these universities and add to the national dialogue regarding their significance.

Prior to the selection process, self-reported data was submitted from the 1890 Universities in a number of outcome categories. Each university was then evaluated among its peers with the winning institution demonstrating the most productivity in a given area.

“The 1890 Teaching, Research and Innovation Awards not only serve as a means to recognize the advances of 1890 university campuses in these areas, but serve as a means to tell the story of how black public universities are going above and beyond their call of duty,” said APLU vice president for access and success John Michael Lee, Jr. in a press release.

A&T and co-winner the University of Maryland Eastern Shore were among the top three in six out of 14 categories evaluated from the 2012-13 through 2013-14 school years. A&T and the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff were named co-winners in the innovation category with A&T placing in the top three of the agriculture degree completion; intellectual property; research; international research; and international students categories.

Remaining categories include: retention; degree completion; education degree completion; STEM degree completion; experiential student learning; international student development; alumni engagement; and exemplary alumni.

A&T won the inaugural awards for international students and exemplary alumni last year.