March 28, 2008
Colleges' Earmarks Grow, Amid Criticism
Money from Congress flows to directed grants as peer-reviewed research struggles
A record-breaking number of Congressional pork-barrel projects this year has loaded college and university plates with more of these controversial grants than ever before. The number of institutions receiving earmarks has shot up despite growing worries that the noncompetitive grants undermine the American scientific enterprise, and in spite of promises by some lawmakers to cut back.
An exclusive analysis by The Chronicle shows that legislators channeled more than 2,300 projects to