Utah State University chief joins other universities in call to close 'innovation deficit'

Friday, August 2, 2013

Utah State University President Stan Albrecht joined more than 160 of the nation's university presidents in calling on Congress and President Barack Obama to close what they call the "innovation deficit."

In an open letter, published Wednesday as an advertisement in Politico, the university presidents wrote that closing the gap between what investments are made for research and education and what is needed by universities must be a national imperative.

"Failing to deal with the innovation deficit will pass to future generations the burdens of lost leadership in innovation, economic decline, and limited job opportunities," the letter states. "We call upon you to reject unsound budget cuts and recommit to strong and sustained investments in research and education. Only then can we ensure that our nation’s promise of a better tomorrow endures."

The letter was drafted by the Association of American Universities and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, of which USU is affiliated. Utah State was the only Utah public university represented in the letter.

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