Report - Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences

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Report - Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences

This is not just a matter of sharpened message points to budget appropriators.

Everything scholars do to connect with the broader public advances their case for

support, and everything they neglect to do weakens that case. Top scholars should

embrace the chance to connect with the larger community and help it feel the interest

of their subjects and the power of their analyses.

Not every researcher needs to be a “public intellectual,” and instant popular appeal

must not be the touchstone for scholarly value. But one can maintain scholarly integrity

even while engaging a variety of audiences. University faculties and learned societies

need to do more to emphasize that this broader address is essential to the health

and life of our fields. Renewed funding may arise together with renewed effort to

remind Americans of the meaning and value of the humanities and social sciences. It

is unlikely to come without it.

Federally Funded Share of Expenditures for Academic Research and Development in the Humanities and Other Selected Fields,

Fiscal Years 2005–2011 (Percent)

Percentage of Academic R&D Funded by Federal Government

80%

70%

60%

50%

40%

30%

20%

10%

0%

Mathematical

& Physical

Sciences

Biological

Sciences

Medical

Sciences

Engineering

■ 2005 ■ 2006 ■ 2007 ■ 2008 ■ 2009 ■ 2010 ■ 2011

Education

Behavioral &

Social Sciences

Law

Humanities

Business &

Management

Source: National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, Survey of of Research and Development Expenditures at at

Universities and Colleges/Higher Education Research and Development Survey (data were accessed and analyzed using the the nsf’s online data data analysis tool,

tool, Webcaspar, Webcaspar, at at https://webcaspar.nsf.gov/).

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