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NSF Moves With VIGRE to Force Changes in Academia

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Science  24 May 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5572, pp. 1389-1390
DOI: 10.1126/science.296.5572.1389

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Three years ago, the National Science Foundation (NSF) set out to change how the United States trains its mathematicians. This spring, it sent a handful of universities their first report cards. The verdict: The culture of math departments is changing, but even the most prestigious departments will find themselves out in the cold if they don't do it NSF's way.