Utah's investment in its universities

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Utah's legislature is considering reauthorizing the Utah's] Science Technology and Research initiative to provide additional funding for the state's universities. Read more.

Utah is one legislature that understands the economic development role that universities play. In many more states, legislators have difficulty with the concept.

University presidents undertake a number of tactics to change these public perceptions. Some universities are publishing economic impact studies. Others, are taking an even more proactive step. For example, University of Kentucky President Lee Todd recently toured his state. Read more.

In Iowa last week, Iowa's three regents' universities cooperated on a forum that linked state economic development with university research. Read more.

These are all important steps to shift our thinking away from "jobs" to developing globally competitive brainpower and the innovation networks we need to convert brainpower to wealth.

posted by Ed Morrison |

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