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Mission Retreat Papers

The Research Mission of Public Universities in 1997. Seventeen publications are available online and in print.

These white papers represent exchanges between faculty and administrators who are committed to nationally-competitive research at their state schools. At the annual Merrill retreat, participants share best practices for supporting innovative faculty, building research programs between institutions, and enhancing institutional rankings.

Hot topics have included:

  • The decline in support from state governments for their higher education institutions
  • Contributions scientists can make in the war on terrorism
  • How to build public advocacy for research
  • How to collaborate with business and increase R&D dollars
  • How to evaluate entrepreneurial faculty and give credit to programs that train scientists for industry
  • Should funding by the National Institutes of Health be considered the gold standard?
  • Should administrators target niche programs in their quest for excellence?
  • How has graduate education changed as the university becomes more entrepreneurial?
2016
Building Research Infrastructure: Planning for Future Needs and Implementing for Change (PDF)
2015
Research Innovation as a Pathway to the Future (PDF)
2014
Planning for Future Research in Public Universities in Uncertain Times (PDF)
2013
Planning for Research Excellence in the Era of Analytics (PDF)
2012
Information Systems as Infrastructure for University Research Now and in the Future (PDF)
2011
Behavioral and Social Sciences as Key Components in National Research Initiatives (PDF)
2010
Sustaining and Enhancing the Research Mission of Public Universities (PDF)
2009
Regional Research Collaborations (PDF)
2008
Global Research Collaborations (PDF)
2007
Future Directions for Federal Research Funding (PDF)
2006
The Privatization of Public Universities: Implications for the Research Mission (PDF)
2005
The Interface of Science and Public Policy (PDF)
2004
Riding the Momentum of Research: Leadership Challenges in Public Research Universities (PDF)
2003
Recruiting and Training Future Scientists: How Policy Shapes the Mission of Graduate Education (PDF)
2002
Science at a Time of National Emergency (PDF)
2001
Evaluating Research Productivity (PDF)
2000
Making Research a Part of the Public Agenda (PDF)
1999
Building Cross-University Alliances that Enhance Research (PDF)
1998
Mobilizing for Research Opportunities in the Next Century (PDF)
1997
Planning for the Research Mission of Public Universities in the Twenty-first Century (PDF)

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