Policy Forum

Graduate Education and Research for Economic Growth

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Science  06 Oct 1995:
Vol. 270, Issue 5233, pp. 48
DOI: 10.1126/science.270.5233.48


Industry is the largest consumer for engineering and science doctorates, and doctorate-level training is thus a main link between the U.S. economy and education. Recent pressures on federal research and development funding, and the widening gap between the needs of industry and the expertise of academia, pose several challenges for the nature of graduate training. Fellowships, off-campus research, and opportunities for teaching should be emphasized in graduate schools, versus research assistant support.