Lincoln Project Expected to Spark Conversation about Public Higher EducationEvoLLLution NewsWire
It is expected that the initiative will draw attention from several policymakers, government officials and higher education leaders across the United States and ensure public colleges and universities remain relevant in the industry and vigilant of its rapid changes.
The three-year long project will be led by Robert Birgeneau, Chancellor of UC Berkeley, upon his retirement in June 2013.
“Chancellor Birgeneau is a dynamic and highly respected leader in higher education, having led key public universities – the University of Toronto in Canada and UC Berkeley in the U.S.,” Leslie Berlowitz, American Academy president, announced at the Academy symposium, The Benefit of Public Investment in Higher Education: California and Beyond.
The Academy is expected to arrange multiple conferences across the U.S. to engage federal and state policymakers and higher education industry professionals on the future of public institutions.
“Public disinvestment and escalating costs are increasingly threatening our vaunted system of public higher education,” Birgeneau said at the symposium. “Without bold steps to stabilize the financial model of our public universities, hundreds of thousands of deserving students will be denied access to a better life and the country’s ability to innovate, create jobs and support a strong economy will be severely compromised.”