Universities, Key to Prosperity

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Science  14 Jun 2012:
DOI: 10.1126/science.1225457

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By almost any measure, U.S. research universities are consistently ranked among the best in the world. Beginning with the Morrill Act (Land Grant College Act) of 1862, federal and state policies have underscored the nation's commitment to building the finest research institutions. As such, U.S. universities have been the incubators of the nation's prosperity. E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, which I once headed, is a great example.

  • * Research Universities and the Future of America: Ten Breakthrough Actions Vital to Our Nation’s Prosperity and Security (National Academies Press, Washington, DC, 2012); available at www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13396.

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