SCHEV Study: Research Down Among State Colleges

Posted: May 24, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

A new report from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) shows that in the area of advancing research, colleges and universities in the commonwealth have fallen below many of their peer institutions throughout the country. If not reversed, the reports notes, this downward spiral could compromise the national reputation of each of the schools as well as further dampen any attempts by Virginia’s elected leaders to help jumpstart the state’s economic development.

According to the report, only two of Virginia’s colleges–the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech–rank in the top 100 in the nation for research spending. George Mason is ranked 173rd.

“Virginia’s future success in academic research will require long-term investments and patience, especially since a state’s return on investments in this area rarely are immediate,” says Phyllis Palmiero, executive director of SCHEV.

The 45-page report, titled “Condition of Research at Virginia Colleges and Universities,” can be viewed in Adobe Acrobat online.

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