How can U.S. research universities strengthen their financial positions by improving management or capitalizing on new revenue opportunities?
Of the following, what are the most important issues that the committee should consider in its deliberations and why?

Changes or instability in revenue streams

Changes in operating costs

Planning for and managing capital costs

Indirect cost recovery

Managing academic, administrative, and other workforce needs and costs

Managing university operations

Managing procurement

Regulatory and reporting requirements for higher education institutions

Efficiently harnessing technology for management, education, and research

Positioning institutions in the evolving ecosystem of U.S. research universities

Competition between public and private universities that harm institutions and drive up costs

Globalization of higher education and research

Public understanding of the value of research universities

Something else?

In what ways will U.S. research universities—individually or collectively—need to change over the next two decades? What might the “game changers” be? How does the enterprise need to evolve? How can public policy facilitate this evolution?

What are the top actions to assure the strong financial and organizational capacity of U.S. research universities that the study committee could recommend to Congress, the federal government, state governments, research universities, and others that are supported by evidence and will have traction in the current fiscal and political environment?


Committee Members

James Duderstadt

William Greene

Paul Chu

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