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The University increased its total research spending in fiscal year 2014 by more than $25 million according to data from the National Science Foundation.

GW spent more than $227 million on research and development in fiscal year 2014, landing in the 15.3 percentile of universities included on the list. The University also jumped six places to No. 92 out of the 632 academic institutions ranked. GW has doubled its total of research expenditures since fiscal year 2009.

The total includes the amount spent on research out of the University’s own budget and the amount covered by grants, from both federal and private sources.

The University’s ranking has fluctuated over the years, hitting No. 98 in fiscal year 2010 before sliding for the next two years. The amount spent has increased steadily nearly every year except fiscal year 2012, when that total dropped by roughly $1 million.

GW was outspent by eight of its peer institutions, including Boston, Duke and Northwestern universities, but ranked higher than six other peers like Georgetown and American universities. Johns Hopkins grabbed the top spot with more than $2.2 billion spent on research.

Research spending has increased University-wide in the past few years as part of a greater effort to boost GW’s research profile, despite cramped federal budgets. Last year, research expenditures grew by 11 percent, more than administrators had expected.

December 11, 2015 at 9:41 p.m.

This post was updated to reflect the following correction:
The Hatchet incorrectly reported that Johns Hopkins spent $2.2 million on research last fiscal year. They spent $2.2 billion on research. The Hatchet also failed to clarify that the research data came from fiscal years, and not calendar years. We regret these errors.

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President Barack Obama, HIV, AIDS

President Barack Obama addressed college affordability and access in his third State of the Union address Tuesday. Hatchet File Photo

This blog post was written by Hatchet Reporter Mary-Ellen McIntire.

President Barack Obama emphasized the importance of education in solving the nation’s challenges in his third State of the Union address Tuesday.

Obama also noted the rising cost of college attendance and called on lawmakers to provide financial relief to students.

He urged Congress to stop interest rates on student loans from doubling, as they are set to do in July, and to permanently extend the tuition tax credit his administration created.

The president also called on Congress to double the number of Federal Work Study jobs in the United States over the next five years. GW faced $400,000 in federal funding cuts for work-study positions last semester, forcing departments to pay a higher percentage of student salaries – a unique move as peer universities chose instead to slash the number of  jobs available.

“States also need to do their part by making higher education a higher priority in their budgets,” Obama said.

He called on colleges and universities to keep tuition costs down, warning, “If you can’t stop tuition from going up, the funding you get from taxpayers will go down.”

Obama said he has met with a group of college presidents whose schools had successfully lowered tuition. Some colleges redesigned courses to help students graduate quicker, he said.

Students opting to save money by cutting their final semester has been a trend at GW, although statistics are not available because the University does not officially track students who leave a semester early.

“Higher education can’t be a luxury,” Obama said. “It is an economic imperative that every family in America should be able to afford.”

Obama also addressed the importance of pre-college education.

While tight budgets have forced states to fire thousands of public school teachers, Obama said that a good teacher can increase the lifetime income of students.

“Give them the resources to keep good teachers on the job, and reward the best ones. And in return, grant schools flexibility: to teach with creativity and passion; to stop teaching to the test; and to replace teachers who just aren’t helping kids learn.”

Obama also proposed that every state require all students to stay in high school until graduation or until they turn 18 years old.

“When students are not allowed to drop out, they do better,” Obama said.

The emphasis on education policy in the national address is a continuation of Obama’s “We Can’t Wait” campaign. Launched last October to address student debt, University administrators said few GW students would benefit from the plan.

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