ORED Colloquium - Public Research Universities


Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

Thursday, February 18, 2016 from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM (CST)

Louisiana State University
Dalton Woods Auditorium

Public research universities underlie our economy and democracy. They provide the conduit into mainstream society for countless, talented and ambitious young Americans from highly disadvantaged backgrounds. In spite of this, across the nation there has been an unprecedented disinvestment in public higher education by state governments. We discuss the consequences of this disinvestment and the remarkable ways that our public universities have coped with the budget cuts, state by state. We discuss ways of moving forward that will guarantee the national and international pre-eminence of American public higher education. This will require increased support by federal and state governments, corporations, foundations and philanthropists. This talk derives from the Lincoln Project: Access and Excellence in Public Higher Education carried out under the auspices of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Robert Birgeneau is the co-project chair of the Lincoln Project: Excellence and Access in Public Higher Education, a project funded by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

He served as the chancellor of the University of California, Berkley from 2004 to 2013, and as president of the University of Toronto from 2000 until 2004. Birgeneau received a B.Sc. degree from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. from Yale University in Physics. He worked at Bell Laboratories from 1968 to 1975 and then moved to MIT, where he served as department chair and dean.

He is a member of the National Academy of Science and fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. While chancellor of UC Berkeley he created the Middle Class Access Plan, which capped the total annual cost of an eligible students’ education to a percentage of the family income.

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