Kansas State University has been named an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, or APLU, for what it says is the institution’s strong commitment to economic engagement.
With this national designation, the university joins 60 other public institutions across the country that are improving lives well beyond the confines of their campuses.
Peter Dorhout, vice president for research and lead for the designation process, said economic engagement is an established priority for Kansas State University.
“Our land-grant heritage, established over 150 years ago, entrusted K-State with a leading role in economic engagement,” Dorhout said. “We appreciate APLU recognizing the impact K-State has on our state and region. We also look forward to building on this recent self-assessment process by implementing a growth plan to bolster our status as an economic driver.”
According to Dorhout, the rigorous Innovation and Economic Prosperity designation process helped the university take valuable steps toward achieving the goal of becoming a Top 50 public research university. The university conducted a self-assessment and obtained feedback from internal and external stakeholders to identify accomplishments and strengths as well as possible growth areas. The process also included cataloging more than 300 centers, institutes and programs that affect economic engagement.
Surveys and open forums revealed local engagement, partnerships and commitment to the land-grant mission as central economic engagement strengths of Kansas State University. These strengths are illustrated by:
• Four Feed the Future Labs, an investment of more than $100 million from the U.S. Agency for International Development;
• An economic impact of $882 million generated by the university in Riley, Geary…