University Research and the New Federalism

Science  25 Oct 1974:
Vol. 186, Issue 4161, pp. 324-327
DOI: 10.1126/science.186.4161.324


In this brief article we have touched on some of the solutions to problems universities are encountering in working with the expanding "new federalism." These arrangements will bring faculties into new kinds of relationships, which they can find stimulating if they are prepared ahead of time to accept the kind of public scrutiny that they have not encountered at the national level and to learn about the political system and the politician (13). Universities will find advantages for their academic programs if they involve faculty and students in programs that promote the advancement of public good provided that caution is exercised to prevent the development of arrangements that restrict academic freedom, push the university into the political arena, and drain its financial resources. Faculties need to work closely with their university administrations to make sure that valid academic principles are upheld. The exercise will be time-consuming and frustrating, but vital to the objective and the high quality support the public expects from universities.