Academic Researchers Pursue Survival As States Slash Budget Support For Science

With recession taking its toll on campuses throughout the U.S., scientists seek ways to cope with hard times Sizable cutbacks in state funding to public and private academic institutions are taking an increasingly heavy toll on campus research, say university scientists and administrators throughout the United States. The debilitating impact, they claim, is being felt as the 1991-92 school year draws to a close. While summers past may have carried the promise to university researchers of a f

Renee Twombly
May 24, 1992
With recession taking its toll on campuses throughout the U.S., scientists seek ways to cope with hard times
Sizable cutbacks in state funding to public and private academic institutions are taking an increasingly heavy toll on campus research, say university scientists and administrators throughout the United States.

The debilitating impact, they claim, is being felt as the 1991-92 school year draws to a close. While summers past may have carried the promise to university researchers of a fall term spiced with pay raises, new equipment, and refurbished labs, for many scientists the coming autumn looms like a bad storm on the horizon. The problem--and the pressing question of how to cope with it--are evident nationwide. Some 30 states have reduced their 1992 higher education appropriations: In California, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Oregon, the cutback will be at least 10 percent; Connecticut is being hit with an 18 percent reduction; Virginia is...

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