US report calls for stable funding for research universities

June 15, 2012

A new report from the National Research Council argues that US PSE institutions must receive predictable funding in order to maintain their positions as global leaders. The report was written by a committee of CEOs and university presidents that included McGill Principal Heather Munroe-Blum. It suggests 10 actions that the US government, businesses and PSE institutions should take to strengthen existing institutions. Overall, the report argues universities must receive stable funding while becoming more efficient and developing more partnerships with the private sector. Dr. Munroe-Blum argues that Canada can also benefit by following the recommendations, especially reforming graduate education, increasing participation of gifted international students and funding research. She concluded that, "As research universities outside of North America aggressively move into the top global ranks of higher education, Canada must also position itself to be as ambitious as the U.S.” Inside Higher Ed | McGill News Release | Read the Report