Join the IChange Network!
The application period for Cohort 5 will close August 1, 2023.
APLU’s Institutional Change (IChange) Network helps public research universities create the environment and policies that attract, retain, and support a thriving faculty to advance the institution’s education, research, and engagement missions. IChange uses an institutional-and community-based approach to create a customized action plan that helps colleges and universities address practice and policy barriers that exist in:
Institutional Context | Faculty Recruitment | Faculty Hiring | Faculty Retention
IChange provides frameworks and tools to support institutions as they tackle challenges and improve their academic workplace. This is coupled with an active and managed peer-learning network where public university leaders can share their experiences with institutions facing similar challenges so they can learn and improve together and elevate promising practices for the broader community. A governing board comprised of seven member institutions and an APLU Liaison guide the IChange Network.
Participating institutions commit to identifying campus-based project leaders and teams who agree to create and implement an action plan to advance institutional transformation. Each summer, the IChange Network convenes in person at a member institution to share their progress throughout the year, amend or update their action plans, identify larger trends in the work of the ICircles and Network, and strategize future Network priorities and endeavors. Participants also engage in network-wide meetings to share their progress, achievements, and challenges. Additionally, schools complete ongoing surveys and other evaluations with the network.
IChange Network Cohort 5 Application Information
Timeline for Cohort 5 Application Process
June 1, 2023: Applications Open
July 12, 2023: Application FAQ Webinar (registration required)
July 24, 2023: Application FAQ Webinar (registration required)
August 1, 2023, 8:00pm ET: Application Deadline
Late August 2023: Institutions Invited to Join the Network
September 1, 2023: Cohort 5 Members Announced
September 21, 2023: First Virtual Cohort 5 Meeting & Launch of Institutional Self-Assessments
Bold signifies important deadlines.
IChange Network Anticipated Meeting Dates
(All Times are 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM ET)
(All Times are 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM ET)
Requested Application Format
Chief Academic Officers (or their designee) should complete the application.
Chief Academic Officers (or their designee) should identify a small team to work on the application that includes institutional leaders with knowledge of institutional faculty recruitment, hiring, and retention; STEM faculty practices and culture; and, diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.
Within the application, there are page limits for each major section (with a total application limit of 6 pages in Times New Roman 11 pt font). Institutions have flexibility within those page limits regarding the length of answers to questions in each section. We highly recommend that institutions provide a response to all questions, as failure to answer may harm the strength of the application.
Please adhere to the page limits and do not include any additional attachments, refer to external reports or documents, or embed hyperlinks within the application, as these materials will not be reviewed.
The first task of institutions participating in the IChange Network is to complete the APLU INCLUDES/Aspire IChange Institutional Self-Assessment for Inclusive Faculty Recruitment, Hiring, & Retention. Learn more with our Guidebook.
Have other questions? Check out our FAQ page.
Strong Applications will:
Express clearly how participation in the IChange Network could help the institution achieve its goals.
Highlight what the institution might be able to contribute to the Network.
Articulate the challenges facing the institution at this point in their process of developing a more inclusive and diverse faculty, including any local, state, or national context issues, and make clear how the IChange Network could help meet those challenges.
Demonstrate how participation in the IChange Network would be leveraged across campus and coordinated centrally.
Provide coherent narratives that helped reviewers understand the connections across different activities at the institution.
Share institutional learning from previous change efforts, including challenges, failures, or ongoing obstacles.
Present and contextualize data about the institution, including demographic data and climate and/or satisfaction surveys.
Avoid using hyperlinks to information on external websites, as it is hard for reviewers to assess and unfair to other applicants.
Review and Selection Process
The fifth IChange Network cohort will have around 10 institutional members. Institutions that are invited to participate will be asked to sign a Letter of Commitment as part of acceptance to the Network.
The application review criteria and rubric can be found in the IChange Network's Submission Guidelines. Institutions will be evaluated on their articulation of readiness for change as well as their degree of alignment with Aspire’s goals and activities. Additionally, the final determination of composition of the cohort will consider the diversity of institutional characteristics as well the possibility of substantive peer learning within the Network.