Fault Lines in the Compact : Higher Education and the Public Interest in the United States

LW Challenges, Contributions, Financial Resources

Ronald J. DANIELS, Johns Hopkins University
2014

The research university stands as one of the most admired and emulated of American institutions.

Year after year, American universities dominate the international rankings of institutions of higher education. The demand for places in American programs continues to grow, and the quality of matriculating students continues to improve. The prospects for students graduating from American
universities continue to strengthen, as measured along dimensions as varied as enhanced lifetime earnings, life expectancy and quality of civic participation.
And the research contributions of American universities continue to command scientific recognition and fuel economic innovation and life-saving discoveries.

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