August 2014

August 01, 2014

The U.S. system of higher education faces many challenges to continuing its important role in the nation’s future. In two previous blog entries, I have commented on the value that research institutions like the University of Arizona help create for our society, and I have suggested that international collaboration is one of the best ways to pursue this goal.

There is a third element of a successful and impactful research university that I have not yet addressed however: its faculty. Without creative, dedicated world experts leading a university’s research and teaching missions, the potential that I have described does not materialize. This is because, while all the components for a world...