Universities across the nation are facing some of the toughest times imaginable. In Atlanta, Georgia Tech is talking about cutting research according to Jim Kirk, the budget director. Cut research at Georgia Tech? The place may be losing its way. Not a good idea. Research should be the last thing cut at Georgia Tech, not the first. At the California State University System, they are talking about reducing enrollment to meet an unprecedented budget reduction of over one half billion dollars. Jeri Echeverria, executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer, said there may not be any new admissions in the winter quarter to address the scarcity of resources. Not a good idea. Cut programs not vital; grow others where quality, demand and need are consistently strong.