President's speech seen as a micro-study of the pressures currently facing research and teaching universities

president-research-universitiesAs education leaders nationwide grapple with defining the true purpose of institutions of higher learning in the 21st century, Bill Powers used the occasion of his last annual speech as president of the University of Texas at Austin to make what may have been his most impassioned plea for the importance of teaching and research to date.

"We are often asked to justify the kind of education we offer at a teaching and research university," Powers told students,...

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