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How Long Can the U.S. Stay on Top?

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Science  21 Jun 2013:
Vol. 340, Issue 6139, pp. 1394-1399
DOI: 10.1126/science.340.6139.1394

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This story is the last in Science's series on what it takes to be a top global research university. It examines threats to America's academic research prowess. In an era of stagnating U.S. government support for academic science, officials at Johns Hopkins and other top research universities in the United States say private philanthropy is increasingly essential in maintaining their elite status. But some worry that countervailing trends could defeat that strategy and allow universities in the rest of the world to catch up or surpass the United States.