Mary Sue's Desk contains blog posts from AAU President Mary Sue Coleman on prominent and emerging issues facing research universities and the broader higher education community.
AAU and its member universities are promoting excellence in undergraduate education and are working to fulfill our collective mission to ensure that all students have the maximum opportunity to succeed.
At the height of World War II, the federal government forged a unique partnership with American universities to perform research to strengthen national security, improve public health, and bolster economic competitiveness.
AAU President Mary Sue Coleman writes about how the proposed tax on private university endowments reduces support for student aid, academic programs and research, and redirects funds to the government.
Tax reform should not come at the expense of students and their families and it should not balloon the federal debt.
AAU President Mary Sue Coleman calls on Congress to lift the Dickey Amendment and allow research into gun violence. "Each day that we fail to devise a constructive path forward, for each day we fail to act, we fail the American people," she writes.
Oregon State University wood chemist Kaichang Li's curiosity about mussels helped him find an alternative solution to a cancer-causing chemical used in commercial plywood adhesive.