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U.S. may need to prune number of research universities, lobby group says

June 26, 2009

The United States, at a time of tighter budgets and stronger international competition, may not be able to afford its current number of research universities, the head of their chief lobby group said Thursday.

The nation may need “fewer but better” when it comes to top research universities, Robert M. Berdahl, president of the Association of American Universities, said in an interview with The Chronicle. “It’s a very serious question that the nation needs to ask itself.”

The association isn’t making any specific recommendations regarding such a reduction and instead has asked the National Academies to study the question.

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