ERIC Number: ED399856
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
The Infrastructure of Academic Research.
Research File, v1 n4 Aug 1996
Canadian university infrastructures have eroded as seen in aging equipment, deteriorating facilities, and fewer skilled personnel to maintain and operate research equipment. Research infrastructure includes administrative overhead, facilities and equipment, and research personnel including faculty, technicians, and students. The biggest erosion of infrastructure has occurred in professional time. As universities have reduced the size of their work force, professors spend more time on clerical tasks and teaching loads have also increased. Deferred maintenance of existing facilities is common and the costs of new equipment and facilities have increased. The average equipment cost for a new faculty member in the natural sciences is $300,000 with similar costs in other disciplines. As funds are further reduced, there will be less time to provide the individual attention needed for a genuine research experience for undergraduate students. Future generations of researchers are also part of the infrastructure. Unless that element represented by undergraduates, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows is maintained now, the future capacity to undertake research in universities will be compromised. The greatest threat to the research infrastructure is represented by restructuring occurring in the face of reduced financial support. (JLS)
Descriptors: Equipment, Facilities, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Research Administration, Research and Development, Research Opportunities, Researchers, Student Research, Teacher Responsibility, Teaching Load
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).
Identifiers - Location: Canada