Universities Warn National Leaders Against Cutting Funds

Career College Central summary:

  • University leaders from each state banded together last week to dissuade the nation's political leaders from cutting federal funding.
  • About 165 university presidents and chancellors signed a letter to President Obama and Congress warning against cutting higher education funding and investments in research while other nations are pouring money into these areas — an issue they refer to as the "innovation deficit."
  • The letter states reduced university funding would result in adverse consequences, including less-prepared graduates and fewer technological or scientific breakthroughs in the United States.
  • Members of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the Association of American Universities (AAU) teamed up to author the letter.
  • The letter says university research has led to the discovery of inventions ranging from touchscreens to lasers to life-saving vaccines.

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