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One hundred and fifty years ago, the passage of the Morrill Act laid the groundwork for the democratization of public higher education. Today, there are more than 100 land-grant universities serving our nation and the world. Moreover, the land-grant philosophy of research, learning and engagement has been widely embraced by public universities.
The convocation will offer the public university community a chance to not only celebrate the past, but look ahead to the future. Public universities do more than a public utility or government agency charged with delivery of goods and services and must be more than a vested interest group seeking to protect the status quo and avoid change. We undertake our public service mission to educate students, seek new knowledge and help solve problems in our communities, states, nation and beyond. Public universities do so with moral and intellectual integrity. We must do so with independence and without personal and institutional interest. This is our unique role in society. We have to live up to our legacy and the great expectations society has for us.
APLU is planning a dynamic set of panel discussions, keynote addresses and more. Philanthropist Bill Gates, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, and more, headline a day that will help set the agenda for the next 150 years of public higher education.
APLU thanks the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for their generous support of this convocation.