Project

The Lincoln Project: Excellence and Access in Public Higher Education

Overview

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.

The Lincoln Project: Excellence and Access in Public Higher Education has considered the implications of reduced state investment in public higher education; assessed the role of the federal government in funding our great public research universities; and developed recommendations for ensuring that public universities continue to serve the nation as engines of economic development and opportunity for Americans from all backgrounds.

The Lincoln Project is named for President Abraham Lincoln to commemorate his role in signing the Morrill Act of 1862, which laid the groundwork for the United States’ public university system.

Lincoln Project Introductory Video

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People

People

Project Chairs
Advisors

Robert D. Haas

Levi Strauss & Company; Levi Strauss Foundation
Academy Member

James Leach

University of Iowa College of Law
Academy Member

George Miller

House Education and Workforce Committee (former Chair)

Pauline Yu

American Council of Learned Societies
Academy Member
Publications

Publications

News & Updates

News & Updates

Events

Events

Project Outreach

Project Outreach

The Lincoln Project held regional meetings and briefings in 15 states across the country bringing together leaders in public higher education, government, policy, business, and philanthropy. Over 38,000 print copies of the project's five publications were distributed to stakeholders around the country. The project was cited extensively in a broad range of media outlets including The New York TimesThe Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Atlantic, CNN Money, Forbes, WGBH News, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Inside Higher Ed. 

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Outreach Activities & Impact 

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