Public higher education is key to U.S. educational infrastructure and the foundation of competitiveness. As centers of learning, culture, research, and entrepreneurship, these institutions drive social mobility and economic growth. Yet over the past decade, state funding to these universities has declined precipitously, forcing campuses across the country to make difficult choices about institutional spending and resource allocation.
In Public Research Universities: Recommitting to Lincoln’s Vision—An Educational Compact for the 21st Century, members of the American Academy’s Lincoln Project recommend three strategies to ensure a bright future for these institutions and the communities they serve:
Additional recommendations customized for public research universities and their partners also provide ways in which these institutions may consider responding to evolving societal, economic, and financial pressures.
To learn more about how you can support public research universities, please connect with The Lincoln Project.
Public Research Universities: Recommitting to Lincoln’s Vision—An Educational Compact for the 21st Century is the final publication produced by members of The Lincoln Project: Excellence and Access in Public Higher Education. The Lincoln Project is named for President Abraham Lincoln in commemoration of his role in laying the groundwork for the United States’ public university system when he signed the Morrill Act of 1862.
The Lincoln Project introductory video was made by SNOWDAY.