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

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  • Obama10 SYRACUSE, UT
    Aug. 1, 2013 1:56 p.m.

    I guess the high salaried Presidents aren't earning enough!! Colleges and Universities long ago forgot their true mission of education and now focus solely on R & D and football revenue. Most classes are taught by Teachers Assistants who are only a few years older than the students they teach, while the Professors write grant requests for research on the mating habits of the snail darters. The true innovators these days are those who broke out of the confines of a University education, i.e. Steve Jobs, Michael Dell, Paul Allen, and Bill Gates.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Aug. 1, 2013 7:12 a.m.

    Innovation funding is something best left to groups who really do research and development for the good of the public and governmnet. The idea that they expect to government to pay them R&D funds and they retain title and possession of patents and data is not something we should be funding.

    The schools are making a killing on overpopulation of students in their courses and student loans financial and that should be more than enough for their R&D innovation studies. Dropping governemnt funding to dead weight economic expenses that have no value or service to the community or country.

    The economy is in despair, no money, no future, and no industry resulting from education puts this cost to government as minimal and needless as an economic investment. They are making a killing on students an loans and that is their motivation and purpose to exist, increase knowledge, but they have failed to meet that standard and have turned education into an industry giant that produces nothing for the economy but debt.

    Dreams and america is dieing because of the education control boards that lost their souls to the power of greed for money.

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    July 31, 2013 8:09 p.m.

    Universities used to enjoy strong state financial support, but that changed in the 1980s.

    Universities, unfortunately, haven't positioned themselves well since then. Instead of being viewed as economic engines (for innovative technologies and education), universities are increasingly viewed with scorn by legislatures and the public. Universities are seen as bastions of liberalism and exoteric research, written for academic elites rather than to benefit the general public and taxpayers (who ultimately pay faculty salaries).

    Publishing in "elite" journals can take years, and most elite journals have readerships of only a few thousand readers (typically other academics), resulting in a costly process that legislators and the public don't understand, and increasingly don't want to support. Indeed, academic journals have excessively expensive paywalls online, inhibiting taxpayer access (even though they've paid for it!).

    Sadly, educating students takes a back seat to research, and universities seek ways to shield the "best researchers" from teaching.

    All this must change. Research MUST be relevant and beneficial to society. Taxpayers need to see the value of universities in terms of new technologies and students getting the training to be competitive in the 21st century.

  • Badgerbadger Murray, UT
    July 31, 2013 5:35 p.m.

    This is one of the things we will continue to fall behind on because entitlements are eating up the whole budget. On top of that, the economy is not growing fast enough to keep up with need. Taxing at higher rates will slow the economy, giving at best a net zero result.

    Rather than running down the socialist road, we need leaders who know how to spur the economy so there are more earners producing more products and technology, and especially energy, who can contribute to the tax roles. Then we can support education and innovation for the future.

    We are currently on a spiral down. I just hope it isn't a death spiral.