ERIC Number: ED207366
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Research Universities and the National Interest: A Report from Fifteen University Presidents.
Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
The connection between the major research universities and the federal government in furthering advanced learning of high quality was reassessed during a series of meetings of the presidents of 15 major universities. It is argued that one of the decisive elements in the quality of a society is the level it is able to reach and sustain in the quality of its research and scholarship, a national need for excellence in higher learning which cannot be met without a renewed and strong partnership between major research universities and the federal government. Serious limitations in international competence exist in American universities in terms of language instruction, specialized libraries, and collaboration between American scholars and scientists and those in developing countries. The long-term international effectiveness of the United States would be substantially enhanced by the achievement of full international competence on the part of the major American research universities. Without federal assistance even the competence achieved since World War II will erode. Recommendations include: (1) under the International Education Act or other appropriate authorizing legislation, the federal government should develop a ten-year program of grants in support of plans by individual research universities for achieving and maintaining greater competence in research on foreign areas and international problems, and that these grants be awarded on the basis of demonstrated merit; (2) federally funded fellowship programs should support the advanced training of graduate students and the work of postdoctoral scholars in international studies; (3) a comprehensive federal fellowship policy should be developed; and (4) funding for present and future federal programs designed to increase our national competence in international studies should be increased by $75 million a year. (CC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, New York, NY.; Lilly Endowment, Inc., Indianapolis, IN.; Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New York, NY.; William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Palo Alto, CA.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.