Selected Readings

A selection of recent noteworthy publications in science, technology, education and innovation policy, and related areas.

bridges vol. 34, July 2012 / Selected Readings

Selected Readings in:

Higher Education & Graduate Training


Science Policy

Higher Education & Graduate Training
Research Universities and the Future of America: Ten Breakthrough Actions Vital to Our Nationa's Prosperity and Security  Research Universities and the Future of America: Ten Breakthrough Actions Vital to Our Nation's Prosperity and Security

The National Academies Press



From the Publisher: Research Universities and the Future of America presents critically important strategies for ensuring that our nation's research universities contribute strongly to America's prosperity, security, and national goals. Widely considered the best in the world, our nation's research universities today confront significant financial pressures, important advances in technology, a changing demographic landscape, and increased international competition. This report provides a course of action for ensuring that our universities continue to produce the knowledge, ideas, and talent the United States needs to be a global leader in the 21st century.

Mapping Internationalization on U.S. CampusesMapping Internationalization on U.S. Campuses

American Council on Education



From the Publisher: Mapping Internationalization on U.S. Campuses assesses the current state of internationalization at American higher education institutions, analyzes progress and trends over time, and identifies future priorities. Survey data from US institutions were collected in 2001, 2006, and most recently in 2011, when The American Council on Education surveyed 3,357 accredited, degree-granting institutions.

Biomedical Research Workforce Working Group ReportBiomedical Research Workforce Working Group Report

National Institutes of Health



An advisory committee to NIH, chaired by Princeton University President Shirley Tilghman, presented a draft report on June 12. According to the committee, in its present state the graduate training system at US universities and the workforce that graduates enter are dysfunctional and unsustainable. At the root of that dysfunction, Tilghman said, is a mismatch between the training most graduate students receive and the careers in which most Ph.D. graduates will end up.

The report calls on NIH to divert funding from research grants to training grants for graduate students, support more postdocs on training grants, increase pay and improve benefits for postdocs, and boost the prestige and remuneration of staff scientist positions in academic labs.

(from: "Can NIH Renovate the Biomedical Workforce?", Science Careers, June 22, 2012)

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