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Public Research Universities are Vital, Finds Report Produced with Support from the Siebel Foundation

ARTICLE BY: National Academy of Arts and Sciences

PR Newswire

March 22nd 2016

Public research universities contribute to overall economy, research, and infrastructure in support of students, families, and the nation.

Public research universities are anchors of stability and growth in their regions—vital to economic development and the creative economy. Not only do they educate nearly four million Americans each year, including about 900,000 graduate students, they are responsible for conducting much of the nation's research in science, medicine, engineering, and technology. And, as centers of cultural learning, featuring museums and theaters, these universities enhance the quality of life in communities nationwide.

These are some of the findings from Public Research Universities: Serving the Public Good, a new publication released today from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. An initiative of the American Academy, The Lincoln Project: Excellence and Access in Public Higher Education is studying the importance of public research universities, analyzing economic trends affecting their operations, and recommending new strategies to sustain these critical institutions.

Funding for the Lincoln Project is provided by generous support from Robert and Colleen Haas, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The Spencer Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation.