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About the Project

Project Scope

An ad hoc committee will author a consensus report with findings and recommendations that answers the question: “What are the top ten actions that Congress, the federal government, state governments, research universities, and others could 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"

 The study committee will, in carrying out its work, focus on:

  •  Research and doctoral programs carried out by research universities and associated medical centers;
  •  Basic and applied research in research universities, along with collaborative research programs with other components of the research enterprise (e.g., national and federal laboratories, federally-funded research and development centers, and corporate research laboratories);
  • Doctoral education and, to the extent necessary, the pathways to graduate education and research careers; and
  • Fields of study and research that are critical to helping the United States compete, prosper, and achieve national goals for health, energy, the environment, and security, with a focus on science, engineering, and medicine.
In carrying out this charge, the study committee will, in addition to other tasks it identifies:
  • describe and assess the historical development, current status, trends, and societal impact of research universities and the “ecosystem” of this set of institutions in the United States, placing these institutions in the context of the nation's research, innovation, and industrial enterprises and the nation's system of higher education;
  •  assess the organizational, financial, and intellectual capacity of public and private research universities in the United States, including reference to research universities internationally to the extent possible with existing data; and
  • envision the mission and organization of these diverse institutions 10-20 years into the future and the steps needed to get there.

Committee Members

Chad Holliday - (Chair)
DuPont (retired) and Bank of America
Peter Agre
Johns Hopkins University
Enriqueta Bond
Burroughs Wellcome Fund (retired)

C.W. "Paul" Chu
University of Houston
Francisco Cigarroa
The University Of Texas System
James Duderstadt
University of Michigan
Ronald Ehrenberg
Cornell University
William Frist
Former Majority Leader
William Green
John Hennessy
Stanford University
Walter Massey
Morehouse College (retired)
Burton McMurtry         
Technology Venture Investments (retired)
Ernest Moniz
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Heather Munroe-Blum
McGill University

Cherry Murray
Harvard University
John Reed
Citigroup (retired) and MIT Corporation
Teresa Sullivan
University of Virginia
Sidney Taurel
Eli Lilly & Company
 Lee Todd
University of Kentucky

Laura d ‘Andrea Tyson
University of California, Berkeley
Padmasree Warrior
Cisco Systems, Incorporated