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BENEFITS OF THE CESU NETWORK

Both federal and nonfederal partners benefit from the CESU Network's flexibility, efficiency, and collaborative structure. The CESU Cooperative and Joint Venture Agreements allow for federal agencies to fund projects at partner institutions. They do not provide a mechanism to transfer money among partner institutions or between federal agencies.

Benefits to Federal Agencies

The CESU Network delivers a broad scope of scientific research, technical assistance, and education to participating federal agencies. In a real sense, a CESU expands the staff of a national park superintendent, forest supervisor, public lands manager, field scientist, or environmental administrator to include the entire complement of faculty, students, and others involved in a CESU and in the national CESU Network.

CESUs engage the full range of disciplines used by natural and cultural resource managers, from archeology to zoology. The biological, physical, social, cultural, and engineering sciences are better integrated to provide interdisciplinary problem-solving skills.

Resource managers of participating agencies have a local CESU to draw on for basic technical assistance, education and training, planning support, and other needed services. They have expanded, efficient, timely, and cost-effective access to partner institutions. In addition, the CESU Network provides managers with specialized skills and assistance available from other CESUs across the country. Sharing of CESU expertise to meet managers' needs is encouraged through the CESU agreements, an active electronic network of communication, and the CESU Coordinating Council.

CESUs facilitate collaboration across federal departments and agencies. With federal and university scientists working together within a university environment, the generation, synthesis, and use of scientific information is enhanced.

CESUs include Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Predominantly Hispanic Serving Institutions (PHSI), and Native American Tribal Colleges (NATC) as partners. Students at these institutions are exposed to federal resource management issues and have increased access to research, fieldwork, and employment opportunities. The diversity of scientists and institutions involved in the CESU Network strengthens the federal government's ability to conduct creative, innovative and significant science critical to federal resource management.

Benefits to Nonfederal Partners

Nonfederal partners that become partners in a CESU benefit in several specific ways. University faculty and institutional experts benefit by close professional collaboration with federal employees and increased opportunities for interdisciplinary, multi-agency research projects related to federal resource management issues. The CESU Network makes their unique skills and expertise easily accessible by resource managers throughout the country.

Graduate students benefit from increased research, fieldwork, and employment opportunities; exposure to contemporary federal resource management issues; and additional faculty, courses, and seminars.

University and institutional research programs benefit from consistent and comprehensive agreements that provide for overhead costs, maximize opportunities for research, create a broadened scope of contacts with federal agencies, and offer a voice in establishing research agendas.

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