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Panel 2 | Precipice or Crossroads: A Symposium on the Future of Public Research Universities

Panel 2: The Role of Public Research Universities in the Total Educational System (including preK-12 and post-secondary, public and private)

  • Public education finance is a patchwork of sources of funding and disconnected policy initiatives. Other countries such as Austria and Finland have much more integrated systems of public education, pre-K through post-graduate. Can the barriers to focusing public policy in the US be overcome?
  • What role should public research universities play in meeting national objectives for higher education opportunity and quality for all citizens of an increasingly diverse nation?
  • What is the appropriate balance for public research universities among their responsibilities to their states, the nation, and the world? How is this changing?
  • What are the responsibilities of public research universities to relate to and become engaged with each element of the educational ecosystem? What are the greatest opportunities for improvement (e.g. teacher prep, STEM, technology support, etc.)? What are the major obstacles hindering progress?
  • If public universities around the nation took one major step this next year towards improving their role within the overall education system, where should university leadership be focusing their efforts?

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