Report Seeks Expansion in a Time of Belt-Tightening

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Science  07 May 2010:
Vol. 328, Issue 5979, pp. 678
DOI: 10.1126/science.328.5979.678

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The timing is unfortunate for a new report that urges the U.S. government to spend billions more on graduate education while scolding universities for not doing enough to attract and mentor the students who would earn those degrees. While lawmakers are likely to applaud the call for reforming graduate education, the idea of a massive boost in federal support flies in the face of current fiscal realities. The prospect of a $1.3 trillion budget deficit and a freeze next year on most domestic programs may cause policymakers to put this report on their bookshelves rather than in their legislative agendas.