An Assessment of the National Science Foundation's Science and Technology Centers Program

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National Academies Press, Aug 28, 1996 - Education - 97 pages
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The National Science Foundation requested that the Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy of the NAS, the NAE, and the IOM form a panel to evaluate the accomplishments of the NSF Science and Technology Centers program (not individual centers) against its goals in research, education, and knowledge transfer. This report is the result of the work of the panel charged with that effort, and provides recommendations for moving forward.

 

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Contents

Introduction
4
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
5
REPORT OVERVIEW
10
Has the STC Program Accomplished Its Goals?
12
How Well Are the STCs Performing Relative to the Research Goal?
13
How Well Are STCs Performing Relative to the Goal of Education?
16
How Well Are STCs Performing Relative to the Goal of Knowledge Transfer and Exchange?
17
Is One Type of STC More Successful Than Another?
19
NSFs Administrative and Scientific Management of the STC Program
29
THE STC PROGRAM VIEWED AS AN INVESTMENT BY NSF
30
How Well Does the STC Program Fit With NSFs Strategic Plan?
31
FINDINGS
33
CONCLUSIONS
34
Recommendations
35
References
41
APPENDIXES
43

FINDINGS
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How Well Has the Design of the STC Program Worked?
21
How Do STCs Differ from Other Centers and Other Modes of Research Support?
23
CONCLUSIONS
25
How Well Has the STC Program Been Managed and Evaluated?
26
Consistent HighQuality Management and Review
28
Review of Abt Report and Comments on the STC Evaluation Process
45
The National Science Foundations Science and Technology Centers
49
Panel and Staff Biographic Information
52
Excerpts from VisitingCommittee Reports on the Science and Technology Centers
58
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