INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana — The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) has named Clemson University a recipient of the Talent Award at its fourth annual Innovation & Economic Prosperity University Awards ceremony.

Clemson University received the Talent Award at the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities' Innovation & Economic Prosperity University Awards.

Clemson University received the Talent Award at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities’ Innovation & Economic Prosperity University Awards.

The recognition, which honors public universities actively engaged in and promoting regional economic development, was given during a special awards ceremony Tuesday on the final day of the APLU annual meeting in Indianapolis.

“Each of the four winners has demonstrated an institution-wide commitment to economic engagement and have delivered on that commitment by spurring economic development in their communities,” said APLU President Peter McPherson. “APLU applauds their work and is happy to spotlight these universities as models of economic engagement.”

Clemson University received the Talent Award for exemplary focus on education and workforce development. APLU highlighted how Clemson has fueled workforce development in the auto industry through partnerships with leading auto industry organizations and through its University Professional Internship and Co-op Program that has helped nearly 850 students gain internship experience in a variety of fields, many connected to university faculty partnerships with business and industry.

“This national recognition is a tribute to our faculty, staff and students,” said Clemson University President James P. Clements, who recently finished his term chairman of the board of directors for the APLU. “The most important contribution we make to economic growth is talent development — preparing students to be successful in the workplace or graduate school and driving innovation in key industry sectors, such as automotive engineering. This is an essential part of our mission as a land-grant research university.”

APLU also presented the University of Minnesota System, Auburn University and University of Maryland with awards.

The awards are a complementary program to APLU’s Innovation & Economic Prosperity Universities (IEP) Designation program. The association designated 18 universities as IEP Universities in 2015. All Innovation & Economic Prosperity University designees, including the award finalists, conducted an institutional self-study and solicited input from external stakeholders. Each university designee identified three areas of institutional strength in economic engagement and described programs in these areas.

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Association of Public and Land-grant Universities
Representing 238 public research universities, land-grant institutions, state university systems, and related organizations, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities is the nation’s oldest higher education association with member institutions in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, four U.S. territories, Canada, and Mexico. Annually, APLU member campuses 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.

Clemson University
Ranked in the top 25 national public universities, Clemson University is a major, land-grant, science- and engineering-oriented research university that maintains a strong commitment to teaching and student success. Clemson is an inclusive, student-centered community characterized by high academic standards, a culture of collaboration, school spirit and a competitive drive to excel.