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Research Universities and the Future of America:
Ten Breakthrough Actions Vital to Our Nation's Prosperity and Security

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This report examines the health and competitiveness of our nation’s research universities and their strong partnership with government and industry that is critical to the nation’s prosperity and national goals.  The report responds to a request from Congress for “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.”

Regional Meetings

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November 19, 2012Pittsburg, PA
University of Pittsburgh
Carnegie Mellon University
Allegheny Conference
We must invest in innovation to perpetuate Pittsburgh's progress
Mark A. Nordenberg, chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh

January 16, 2013Nashville, TNVanderbilt University Watch recordings of this event

February 24-25, 2013Tucson, AZUniversity of Arizona
Arizona State University
Northern Arizona University

Southwestern Regional Workshop Report

 UA Adds Tech Transfer To Promotion Tenure Criteria


April 11-12, 2013Ann Arbor, MIBusiness Leaders for Michigan
University of Michigan

Michigan Business Leaders Explore the Role of Universities in Fueling the Economy

Michigan's economic future depends on greater funding of universities
J. Patrick Doyle, President and CEO, Domino's Pizza
Doug Rothwell, President and CEO, Business Leaders for Michigan

April 26, 2013Morgantown, WVWest Virginia UniversityWest Virginia University’s Real-Time Coverage of their Meeting


 May 29, 2013Boulder, COBoulder Economic Council
University of Colorado
The Boulder Economic Council’s synopsis of the meeting

June 4, 2013Dallas, TXUniversity of Texas SystemUniversities Research Conference held in Dallas

Cigarroa Touts 10 Breakthrough Actions for Research Universities 

Texas leaders to discuss research universities' future 

How to keep the likes of UT-Austin and Texas A&M strong (Hint: It involves money)

June 6, 2013San Diego, CAUniversity of California, San Diego

Research Council Brings Recommendations For Strong Universities To UCSD

UC San Diego Leads Discussion on Research Universities and the Future of America

June 20, 2013Baltimore, MDUniversity System of Maryland
The Johns Hopkins University


Members of the authoring committee share their insights
Members of the authoring committee share their insights
Video recording of the release event
Video recording of the release event, with more in-depth perspectives from the committee
Chairman Chad Holliday speaks
Bank of America chairman Chad Holliday speaks with Bloomberg's Erik Schatzker about his innovation initiative. Holliday is leading a push for partnerships between corporations and universities to continue engineering and math success. He speaks on Bloomberg Television's "Inside Track."
Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation Release Event
Related Report: Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads explores the role of diversity in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce and its value in keeping America innovative and competitive. The video above is of the report release event.
Subcommittee on Research and Science Education Hearing
Subcommittee on Research and Science Education Hearing - The Role of Research Universities in Securing America’s Future Prosperity: Challenges and Expectations
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Media Coverage

April 12, 2013 
Business Leaders Host National Research Council Workshop to Explore Future of Universities in Fueling Michigan’s, Nation’s Economy 
Business Leaders for Michigan
The workshop was hosted by Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM), the state’s business roundtable, and was an opportunity to provide input to the National Research Council on recommendations designed to ensure that American research universities are able to maintain the excellence in research and doctoral education needed to help the nation compete and prosper globally in the 21st century…

May 29, 2013 
Boulder Economic Summit Opens with Call to Fight Threats to Colorado's Economy 
The Daily Camera
Henderson provided an overview of results from the National Research Council's 2012 report, “Research Universities and the Future of America.” The report highlighted 10 actions for governments, schools and businesses to take in order to bolster…
December 16, 2012 
Major Threats to Our Research Universities
...the world each year. But a study published this year by the National Research Council, "Research Universities and the Future of America," highlights the threat to the future of our research universities and to the prosperity and security of our nation.
December 3, 2012
Time and Money Are Being Wasted in the Lab
Chronicle of Higher Education
In a report by the National Research Council ("Research Universities and the Future of America: Ten Breakthrough Actions Vital to our Nation's Prosperity and...

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Research Universities and the Future of America has been produced in response to a Congressional request.  Learn about the charge to the committee and its membership...


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