Why is research vital to education?
Research, with the general aim of systematically, improving an body of knowledge may be highlighted by well designed research. The results of research can lead (ideally) to changes in methods or practices (in the case of education it might be a teaching methods, say online Vs in class on campus). This would ideally (further testing would needed to confirm) appropriate education is provided to the students resulting in a more effective/efficient population. As suggested, research determines the success or failure, change, or implementation of a new curriculum or learning process.