Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

AAAS: Public Colleges Will Not Perish from the Earth

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

AAAS: Public Colleges Will Not Perish from the Earth

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A project to assess the impact on public universities of cutbacks in government support, emerging technological changes and competition from private and foreign providers has been launched in the US.

The Lincoln Project: Excellence and Access in Public Higher Education, sponsored by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS), will assess the "fundamental challenges" faced by public colleges and universities, and campaign to highlight the importance of their work.

It will be led by Robert Birgeneau, the outgoing chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley, who steps down from that post at the end of May.

The project was unveiled at a AAAS symposium titled The Benefit of Public Investment in Higher Education: California and Beyond, held at Berkeley on 28 January.

The three-year project will develop recommendations to "preserve the strength and diversity" of colleges and universities, and will engage state and federal policymakers, elected officials and university and business leaders through a series of national conferences.

It is named after President Abraham Lincoln in commemoration of his role in signing the Morrill Act of 1862, which laid the groundwork for the US' public universities. …

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