The nation's most prominent college and university leaders converged on Cleveland Oct. 19-21 to discuss a range of topics affecting higher education, including the economy, tuition and endowments. The Association of American Universities (AAU) held its annual fall meeting at the InterContinental Hotel and Conference Center, hosted by Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. Snyder.
The group also discussed the economic importance of investment in science and innovation and their relevance to the 2008 presidential campaign. Both campaigns have made innovation and scientific research highly visible parts of their platforms, and AAU believes that continued in investment in innovation and university-based research are a vital element in restoring the strength of the American economy.
The AAU is a nonprofit organization of 62 leading public and private research universities in the United States and Canada. Founded in 1900 to advance the international standing of American research universities, AAU today focuses on issues that are important to research-intensive universities, such as funding for research, research policy issues, and graduate and undergraduate education. The 60 AAU universities in the U.S., including Case Western Reserve, award more than one-half of all U.S. doctoral degrees and 55 percent of those in the sciences and engineering.
Three of the presidents attending the conference—Snyder, Shirley Tilghman of Princeton University and Robert Berdahl, former chancellor of the University of California at Berkeley—met with local media afterward. Tilghman is the incoming chair of AAU and Berdahl is the organization's president.
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