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is not a question of either excellence or access — both
are necessary for us to be competitive and successful. These
twin goals that were front and center in the creation of the
University of California, the leading public university system
in the world, are still the right goals."
talk about the role of graduate education and what is necessary
to attract and retain the best graduate students. It is probably
hard for the general public to understand Ph.D. education. But those
of us on the inside know full well that graduate students are the
connective tissue in the research university, working with faculty
on research, mentoring and teaching undergraduates.
Boyer: It is essential
to a research university to have excellent graduate students and
postdoctoral fellows attacking problems of major importance.
A great research university provides an environment that offers
the best system society has developed for the creative discovery
of new knowledge. High-quality faculty and graduate students are
crucial to outstanding discovery. This is an area of concern in
the life sciences because we’ve been losing our competitive
edge in attracting the best, both in faculty and graduate students.
The need to improve the present state of affairs may not be adequately
recognized. An indicative measure of this is the number of UCLA
faculty who are members of the national academies. Among universities
with 20 or more members in the National Academy of Sciences, for
example, UCLA ranks 15th, well behind UC Berkeley and UC San Diego.
Over the past several years, the number of Academy members at UCLA
has remained relatively stable, around 28, while the numbers for
the other campuses have increased.
Faculty quality is thus a very pertinent issue. Funding for named
professorships and provision of ways to ameliorate housing costs
for both faculty and graduate students are two important ways that
private resources can increase faculty and graduate student quality