Higher Education as a Public and Private Good

The National Science Board released a new policy brief on the public and private benefits of the nation’s higher education institutions. Notably, the report emphasizes the need for increased public investment in research and development at colleges and universities.

Companion briefs, derived from the National Science Board’s biennial Science and Engineering Indicators report, are rigorous, focused, and hard-hitting policy-relevant pieces that provide valuable insights into Science and Technology policy issues and provide a platform for National Science Board to engage in policy discussions in an ongoing and timely fashion. They may answer questions, inform discussions, take positions, tell a “story,” or offer recommendations. They may be “stand alone” pieces or be linked thematically as a group.

Read the Brief.

What is the National Science Board?

The National Science Foundation Act of 1950, which created the NSF, states that “The Foundation shall consist of a National Science Board … and a Director.” Jointly the Board and the Director pursue the goals and function of the NSF, including the duty to “recommend and encourage the pursuit of national policies for the promotion of research and education in science and engineering.”