The argument for investing in research universities, with a bit of irony

The video, which makes a popular appeal, accompanies a report developed by the Research Council, which is the principal operating agency of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering. It was sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, National Science Foundation and U.S. Department of Energy. The National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine and National Research Council make up the National Academies.

It seems to me really good; it makes a great case that research is not some excuse invented by lazy academics, even though it leaves out a lot of academia. It is really about the STEM fields.

And the irony? It’s connected to the immediately preceding post. That is, in among all these academics and corporate CEO’s is Teresa Sullivan, the recently ousted president of UVa. The Rector, a developer from Virginia Beach, became convinced early on that Sullivan didn’t really have the right ideas or the courage to lead a research university.