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Pages 1-3 are examples of errors found in O'Donnell's work. Pages 4-19 contain the white paper examined by the Houston Chronicle/San Antonio Express-News. Pages 20-22 contain a letter that he wrote to UT Regent Hall to "elaborate" on his views when it comes to research at public universities.
Pages 1-3 are examples of errors found in O'Donnell's work. Pages 4-19 contain the white paper examined by the Houston Chronicle/San Antonio Express-News. Pages 20-22 contain a letter that he wrote to UT Regent Hall to "elaborate" on his views when it comes to research at public universities.

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Selected examples of citation errors in Rick O’Donnell’s paper
“Is AcademicResearch a Good Investment for Texas?”
 
From the article…
As university President George Dennis O’Brien observed, “Experimentalscience…evolved basically outside and in opposition to the traditionaluniversities.”
6
 
From the footnotes…
6 George Dennis O’Brien, “All the Essential Half-Truths about Higher Education”(Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998) 3.
Comments…
It appears O’Brien was quoting someone else here, a “commentator.”
O’Donnell’s Explanation…
Overlooked in editing
From the article…
Also, private industry has been consistently increasing its spending on basicresearch, growing from $5.4 billion in 1995 to $9.1 billion in 2006.
8
 
From the footnotes…
8 Richard Vedder, “Going Broke by Degree, Why Colleges Cost Too Much”(Washington DC: AEI Publishers, 2004) 122.
Comments…
Vedder’s book was published in 2004, data is from 2006 data. NSF data showindustry conducted $6.7 billion in research in 1995 and $10.3 billion in 2006. As apercentage of total basic research, those numbers represent a decline from 23 to16 percent.
O’Donnell’s explanation…
The year 2006 should have been 2000.
From the article…
At the University of Texas System, in the last 10 years, an estimated $3.8 billionhas been spent on research, yet income from this investment is less than $3.2million, or an annual rate of return of less than one-tenth of 1 percent (.08percent). At the Texas A&M System, an estimated $3.8 billion has been spentover the last decade to generate income of less than $5.5 million, for less thantwo-tenths of 1 percent rate of return (.14 percent).
11
 
 
Overall, Texas universities have spent an estimated $9 billion on scientificresearch that has generated a mere $8.3 million a year in income, a rate of returnof less than one-tenth of 1 percent (.09 percent).
From the footnotes…
11 College Board, “Trends in College Pricing 2005” (10 Oct. 2008)http://www.collegeboard.com/press/releases/48884.html.
Comments…
Information in the College Board’s report on trends in college pricing. Accordingto the UT System 2011 Fast Facts,(http://www.utsystem.edu/news/fastfacts.html), total research expenditures forthe UT System totaled $2.4 billion in 2009 and gross revenue from intellectualproperty was $43 million.
O’Donnell’s explanation…
Wrong source, but cannot recall how he calculated the numbers
From the article…
Former Assistant Secretary of Education, Chester Finn: “Professors havebecome specialized in their interests, which are ever more distant from whatordinary citizens understand or care about. Academic presses now publish booksselling fewer than 300 copies. ‘The demands of productivity,’ a humanities editorsays, ‘are leading to the production of much more nonsense.”
14
 
From the footnotes…
14 Harry R. Lewis, “Excellence Without a Soul, How a Great University ForgotEducation” (Jackson, TN: Public Aff airs, 2006) 9.
Comments…
It appears that Harry Lewis said this, not Chester Finn.
O’Donnell’s explanation…
Editing error
From the article…
Former Harvard University President Derek Bok notes that graduate students areoften unprepared for teaching: “Being thrown into teaching large undergraduatecourses with little to no training is good neither for the graduate students or thestudents they teach. Presidents and deans of research universities could actmore boldly by urging revisions in their Ph.D. programs to include betterpreparation for teaching.”
30
 
From the footnotes…
30 Derek Bok, “Our Underachieving Colleges” (Princeton: Princeton UniversityPress, 2006) 340.
 
 
Comments…
First sentence of the quote is not from Bok.
O’Donnell…
Editing error
From the article…
Perhaps the market has finally reached saturation, as Ph.D.s issued leveled offto 45,596 in 2006.
41
 
From the footnotes…
41 “More Doctors of Philosophy and Science”
Inside Higher Ed 
(21 Nov. 2007)http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2007/11/21/phds.
Comments…
The article referenced, as well as the original press release, states the number ofPhDs issued that year was an all-time high.
O’Donnell’s explanation…
Not sure how that happened
From the article…
In the spring of 2006 at UT-Austin, the average tenured full professor taught anaverage of 87 undergraduates for an average cost of $2,815 per student perclass. By contrast, the average non-tenured instructor received a salary of$47,000 per year and taught 247 students, for an average cost per studenttaught of $381.
49
 
From the footnotes…
49 Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, “Average Faculty Salaries -Texas Public Universities - FY 2004” (10 Oct. 2008)http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/Reports/ .
Comments…
Information not found in source document.
O’Donnell’s explanation…
Numbers were gleaned from universities and the Texas Higher EducationCoordinating Board, but cannot point to one source

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