With State Support Shaky, Research Universities Get Advice on How to Endure

For the nation's beleaguered research universities, the annual policy conference of the world's premier science association would seem like just the place to get some much-needed advice. And for two days late last week, the American Association for the Advancement of Science gave them plenty of it.

The research universities were told to compete more. They were told to cooperate more. They were told to innovate more. They were told to change their culture.

The advice came from