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ERIC Number: ED541845
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jan
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Cut to Invest: Support the Designation of 20 "U.S. Manufacturing Universities"
Atkinson, Robert D.; Ezell, Stephen
Brookings Institution
Congress should establish an initiative to designate 20 institutions of higher education as "U.S. Manufacturing Universities" as part of a needed push to strengthen the position of the United States in the increasingly innovation-driven global economy. In 1862, Congress passed the Morrill Act, which established land-grant colleges to promote learning in "agriculture and the mechanic arts." These colleges played a key role in enabling the United States to later take the lead in the mechanization of agriculture and the industrialization of the economy. Today, the challenge is even greater as America competes against a wide array of nations seeking to win the race for global innovation advantage, especially in advanced manufacturing. A new cadre of federally-designated "Manufacturing Universities" that revamp their engineering programs with particular emphasis on work that is relevant to manufacturing firms while providing engineering students with real-world work experience should be part of the solution. [Additional funding was provided by F. B. Heron Foundation.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; Heinz Endowments; George Gund Foundation
Authoring Institution: Brookings Institution
Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Morrill Act 1862