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Talent, innovation, and place are interdependent. 

// Put simply, focusing only on technology transfer or entrepreneurship, or education and workforce issues, or community relations, inhibits success. Only by linking and leveraging assets across these domains can institutions and their partners realize sustained impact.


Impact happens through collective effort and collaboration. 

// Despite the generally accepted truth that sustained change requires extensive cross-sector collaboration and alignment, most institutions and organizations are still focused on discrete programs and activities. We are focused on inter-connectedness and coordination.


Action and agility are the best of all best practices. 

// Planning is important, but it shouldn’t get in the way of doing. The best approach to planning is trying something, assessing, iterating, and moving forward. Plans are rarely implemented as laid out. Leaders and their plans need to be flexible, adaptable, agile.


Measurement is for improvement first, accountability second. 

// Standards, metrics, assessment, and a slew of other analytic policies and processes have been adopted, largely in the name of accountability. Being accountable to stakeholders is important, but will likely be meaningless without the use of metrics and indicators as tools for reflection, planning, and improvement.


Inclusive economies are strong economies. 

// The public purpose that colleges and universities serve demands attention to wealth building for whole communities and regions, not just for a few businesses and entrepreneurs. Our approach supports higher education engagement in innovation and entrepreneurship that leads to social prosperity.


Mutual benefit and reciprocity sustain partnerships. 

// Partnerships must be undertaken in the spirit of benefiting all partners. Partnerships are an exchange of knowledge and assets, not one party transferring these to others.



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My hearty congratulations to @DrPanch for his nomination as director of @NSF! Our nation’s science and innovation enterprise is critical to assuring prosperity and well-being for all. This work benefits tremendously from Panch’s vision and leadership!

Spending a day with colleagues from @APLU_News , @jfftweets , and @AASCU exploring #ImprovementScience and #NetworkedImprovement. Thanks to @WestEd and @TidesCommunity for your expertise, and to @gatesfoundation for hosting us.


This past Wednesday, my colleague Liz Nilsen (@STEMetc) and I helped some Virginia #econdev professionals quickly create new regional collaborations, and then move them to action toward measurable outcomes. All in four hours! This is the power of #strategicdoing.

#ProudtoPartner w/ @ColoradoStateU, a C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Scholarship Award finalist. CSU is being recognized for its Campus Connections Program, which connects UG mentors to at-risk youth. The winner will be announced at #APLU2019.

@ColoradoStateU With 3 days until this year's @APLU_News Annual Meeting, the theme for which is "In Service," we're celebrating all the ways our APLU-member partner universities give back to their communities, both local and global. #APLU2019 #ProudtoPartner

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