John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton
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Ten random things: April 26

Ten land-grant colleges and universities:

  1. Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama
  2. University of Guam, Mangilao
  3. Michigan State University, East Lansing
  4. University of Nevada, Reno
  5. Oregon State University, Corvalis
  6. Northwest Indian College, Bellingham, Washington
  7. University of Florida, Gainesville
  8. Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
  9. Fort Belknap College, Harlem, Montana
  10. Cankdeska Cikana Community College, Fort Totten, North Dakota

I would've bet good money I had previously posted a list of land-grant colleges, but a review of the archives indicates otherwise.

I have land-grant colleges on the mind because I work for one, and in the New Colleague Orientation conference I attended today, we spent a little time discussing their history and the way the differ from other public universities. The short version is that the Morrill Acts of 1862 granted Federal land to the states, the proceeds from the sale of which would be used to establish public universities focusing on the teaching of agriculture, science and engineering. The program has been expanded several times since: the Morrill Act of 1890 required that if a state's land-grant university was not open to all races, a separate land-grant university had to be established for each race; the Hatch Act added funds for a series of agricultural research stations run by the land-grant universities; the Smith-Lever Act created cooperative extension, sending agents into every county to disperse results of agricultural research; the Elementary and Secondary Education Reauthorization Act of 1994 conveyed land-grant status on several tribal colleges. Today there are 106 institutions with land-grant status.

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