The AHC has a history of excellence in many disciplines including cardiovascular disease,
cancer, immunology, neuroscience, and infectious disease. However, the AHC is losing ground to competing institutions in the research arena. Several factors contribute to this loss of standing. Teaching, patient care, and administrative activities are competing with research
efforts for the already over-committed time of our faculty members. The AHC faculty is not growing as fast as the faculties of competing institutions, and may be losing its ability to retain top researchers. Faculty attrition is a concern to many departments in both maintaining research excellence and in attracting new talent. Poor communication between the colleges of the AHC and administrative barriers limit interdisciplinary efforts. The current reward system lacks incentives for research productivity and must focus more on
quality. The major recommendation of this committee is that the AHC identify, hire, retain, and protect the research time of the best and brightest faculty members, and then provide an administrative structure that facilitates their success in research.
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