"What is the purpose of university research? Should it be driven by intellectual curiosity or focused on satisfying immediate national needs? American higher education has long grappled with those questions, and today it is a global debate. Academics worldwide are becoming more vocal about their concerns. "
Reports from the Chronicle of Higher education highlight this discussion:Shift to Applied Research Triggers Protests
Researchers Resist Pressure to Show Impact of Their Work
‘University Watch’ Scrutinizes Corporate Influence