The Decline of the Midwest's Public Universities Threatens to Wreck Its Most Vibrant Economies
Jon Marcus, The Hechinger Report/The Atlantic
University research is in trouble, and so is an economy more dependent on it than many people understand. Federal funding for basic research—more than half of it conducted on university campuses—has effectively declined since 2008, failing to keep pace with inflation. This ominous reality could widen regional inequality, as brainpower, talent, and jobs leave the Midwest and the Rust Belt.