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Community Impact

Research universities support a broad array of public service and outreach activities. Through their research and service, faculty and students at AAU institutions are continually improving their local communities, our country, and the world. Research universities help to: improve education, enhance public health and safety, advance the arts and humanities, protect the environment, bolster crop yields and food production, promote economic growth, and improve our overall quality of life. AAU seeks to strengthen the many ways in which research universities serve society. 

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Economic Impact of AAU Universities

AAU universities create jobs, produce innovative technologies, and boost local economies. In 2019 alone, AAU paid $95.5 billion in salaries to 811,222 employees, produced 5,033 patents, and fostered the creation of 668 start-ups. 39 AAU universities are in the top 50 for producing venture capital-backed entrepreneurs in 2020, and 427 start-up companies were generated in the university's home state in 2019.

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Economic Impact Guidelines

AAU-APLU Economic Impact Guidelines

AAU, in partnership with the Association of Public & Land-grant Universities (APLU), published a report for universities that are studying and communicating about how they contribute to economic development and advancing their economic engagement.

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