Steve Titus, President of Associated Students’ Government at Colorado State University-Pueblo, has been invited by the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities to discuss the future of higher education with governmental and educational leaders at the conference “Lincoln’s Unfinished Work: The Morrill Act and the Future of Higher Education” in October.
The conference is scheduled for October 23-24 on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As a participant, Titus will hear from educators and elected officials from across the country and will engage in a discussion of the nation’s public higher education system with some of the foremost leaders on the topic.
“It’s truly an honor and privilege to be invited to such a prestigious event commemorating the 200th anniversary of President Lincoln’s birth,” said Titus. “President Lincoln made was one of the first Presidents to make Higher Education a priority during his presidency, with his signage of the Morrill Act, which ultimately reinforced Federal funding for public higher education.”
Speakers are expected to include governors and land-grant college and university presidents as well as respected academicians and experts on the Morrill Act and higher education, and members of state and federal higher education committees. The focus of the conference is the Morrill Act, which Lincoln signed into law in 1862, and its relevance to current policy issues in public higher education. The Morrill Act has made profound contributions to the nation's well-being over the last 147 years. Implementation of this legislation expanded access to higher education beyond the confines of a privileged few to the nation's citizenry at large.
Conference organizers hope to foster educational advances through this conference that will best harness the nation's creative energies and create the innovations needed to respond to the challenges of the 21st century.