Articles tagged: research

Paying for Higher Education and Research

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By Don M. Randel, President Emeritus, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the University of Chicago

The market has made higher education in the United States what it is, complete with features that many wish to complain about, including certain kinds of facilities and staff that contribute to rising costs.

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Research Universities Power U.S. Innovation and Prosperity

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By Phyllis Wise, Chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

If you use a GPS device, a mouse, or a microwave oven, take antibiotics, have an eye implant, or are reading this on a tablet, you can thank America’s research universities.

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A 21st Century Education: What Do Students Need Know?

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By Richard Ekman, President of the Council of Independent Colleges

What should an educated person of the 21st century know and what does that means for the ways in which U.S. research universities ought to strengthen their teaching effectiveness?

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Can We Meet the Challenge?

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By Mary Sue Coleman, President of the University of Michigan

How will it feel to become a second class nation? Inferior in technological innovation, second class in artistic creativity, a follower rather than a leader? This is possible—not certain—but a very real danger if the United States continues on its present course.

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Better, More Affordable Colleges Start Online

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By L. Rafael Reif, President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

While students worry that they cannot afford a college education, U.S. colleges and universities know they cannot really afford to educate them either. At technology-intensive research universities, it costs three times as much to educate an undergraduate as they receive in net tuition.

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For What It’s Worth: The Value of a University Education

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By Amy Gutmann, President, University of Pennsylvania

Do universities provide private and public benefits commensurate with their private and public costs? This is a complex, but not impossible, question to answer.

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A New Strategy to Maintain America’s Position of Global Preeminence

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By Robert Birgeneau, Chancellor Emeritus of the University of California, Berkeley

American research and teaching universities have been the envy of the world for six decades. Unfortunately, their record of excellence and achievement may not continue to hold up—and if it does not, we may find ourselves losing our position as worldwide leaders.

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Research Universities: American Exceptionalism?

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By Henry Rosovsky, Professor of Economics, Emeritus, Harvard University

Domestically, American higher education is the subject of almost unprecedented criticism. “Too expensive and inefficient and not a good investment” is a common conclusion. But in international discussions and evaluations of higher education, American universities are frequently called “the envy of the world.” What explains this paradox?

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Fault Lines in the Compact: Higher Education and the Public Interest of the United States

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By Ronald J. Daniels, President, Johns Hopkins University;
Phillip M. Spector, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Johns Hopkins University;
Rebecca Goetz, Research Assistant

The relationship between government and the university in the United States is, in the minds of many commentators, fraught.

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The Soul of the University

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By Nicholas Lemann, Professor of Journalism and Dean Emeritus, Columbia Journalism School

For many people who have spent their lives working in higher education, mass higher education and research universities make for a perfect fit: together they express both the public service and the intellectual ambitions of educators. But they aren’t the same idea.

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