NSF Raises Alarm Over Falling State Support for Research Universities

NSF Raises Alarm Over Falling State Support for Research Universities 1

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The U. of Colorado is among institutions that have had to look for private support and cost-saving innovations to deal with sharp declines in state support. Above, Sewall Hall, the oldest residential facility on the university's Boulder campus.

All but seven states cut their per-student support for major public research universities over the past decade, the National Science Board said Tuesday in a report depicting the cutbacks as a threat to the country's long-term economic health.

In 10 states, per-student support fell at least 30 percent from 2002 to 2010, according to data compiled by the board, which is the governing body of the National Science Foundation.

The NSF regularly tracks and publishes broad statistics