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June 2, 1962

The Universities and the Federal Government

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Louisville, Ky.

JAMA. 1962;180(9):709-714. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050220001001

THE RELATIONSHIPS of the federal government with American universities since World War II have been dramatic in growth and are gargantuan in size and revolutionary in effect. There is not an institution of higher learning in the United States, however small or apparently insulated against government influences, that is not affected, and in some respects markedly. Every department of the federal government is involved. These relationships have grown so rapidly and are so extensive and complex that few people can really comprehend them, even in the institutions most directly affected. The subject has become so important that there are several excellent books on it and there are 2 major studies under way, 1 by the Carnegie Corporation directed by Dr. Reuben H. Gross and 1 by Dr. Kenneth Little. Two universities, Harvard and Princeton, have published studies of their own relationships; they are impressive books.

First, let us examine the