Higher-ed leaders say this is the future of research universities

University president says a new language is needed to secure funding and support.

research-universites-fundingInclusiveness, both of students and the community, is the key to obtaining the much-needed funding to secure the future of research universities, said Freeman Hrabowski, president of The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).

“I have a word I like to use, ‘Neoteny.’ It basically means a youngness of the mind and refusing to be cynical. It’s a ‘forever young’ way of thinking that doesn’t allow for the ‘been there, done that,’ or ‘that’s the way we’ve always done it’ mentality,” said Hrabowski during this week’s Internet2 2015 Global Summit keynote in Washington D.C. “We need to rethink, and reform, our strategies around securing public and private support for our research institutions.”

Hrabowski explained that earlier in the day, during an executive meeting on the future of research universities, higher-ed leaders and industry discussed three new ways to generate funding, each involving the concept of inclusiveness.

“R&D institutions have been putting out reports and working with organizations to try and get the word out about how important their work is, for local economies and the global economy,” he emphasized. “But nothing is working. We’re still not getting the funding we need, and the pipeline is drying up.”

(Next page: New ways of generating support, and why it’s important)