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A Charge from Congress

Expressing concern that the nation’s universities are at risk, the U.S. Congress asked the National Academies to assess the competitive position of America’s research universities, both public and private, and to respond to the following question:

What are the top 10 actions that Congress, the federal government, state governments, research universities, and others can take to assure the ability of the American research university to maintain the excellence in research and doctoral education needed to help the United States compete, prosper, and achieve national goals for health, energy, the environment, and security in the global community of the 21st century?

In response, the National Research Council convened a committee of individuals who are leaders in academia, industry, government, and national laboratories. The committee’s report, Research Universities and the Future of America, explains its findings and the 10 actions it recommends. This booklet summarizes those findings and recommendations, and highlights several examples of how university research has contributed to discovery and progress.

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