In the last blog,” Asian Students Flock to American Universities” begs the question, Why?
The key to academic research success at American Universities is the economic commitment made, by the United States, to provide the “best”. The cost of doing research is very high and you need financial resources in order for the university faculty and staff to deliver significant amounts of cutting-edge research. These universities are receiving a minimum of $40 million in federal research expenditures. According to the Center for Measuring University Performance there are 165 institutions that meet the criteria. (117 public and 48 private universities)
Where do the universities get the money?
- Tuition and Fees
- Competitive Federal Grants
- Foundation Grants
- State Government Grants and Contracts
- Local Government Projects
- Corporate Contracts
- Grants or Contracts from Public or Private Agencies
Many of the top American research universities receive hundreds of millions of dollars each year just for research. The funding enables academic programs to have the best and brightest professors and facilities with advanced technology tools and state-of-the-art science laboratories. Undergraduate and graduate students that experience this level of education become leaders in their academic fields.
To prepare our children for the future, the American people are committed to funding the best university programs. We lead the world in STEM (science, technology, engineering and medicine) funding. We have the strongest world economy as a result of the academic programs offered at our research universities. The world looks our way for exceptional university academic opportunities.
Important Factors in Choosing a University
For more than twenty years, I counseled high school students in the areas of career and university selection. Families are fortunate today to have more informational resources available through the internet. You can find an American research-based university that will match those factors important to your family.
- Academic Programs in Specific Areas
- Prestige / Name Recognition of School
- Financial Assistance / Scholarships
- Racial / Ethnic Diversity of School
- Graduate School Preparation
Criteria for Measuring the Best American Universities
- Total Research
- Federal Research
- Endowment Assets
- Annual Giving
- National Academy Members
- Faculty Awards
- Doctorates Granted
- Postdoctoral Appointees
- SAT Scores
These are academic programs that may be offered by top research universities.
- Computer sciences
- Environmental sciences
- Life sciences
- Mathematical sciences
- Physical sciences
- Social sciences
- Aeronautical and astronautical
- Bioengineering and biomedical
- Meatallurgical and materials
Note: Science and Engineering programs are the primary benchmarks for academic institutional prestige.
- Business and management
- Journalism and library science
- Social work
- Visual and performing arts
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