January 2014

January 08, 2014

The United States is blessed with one of the world’s best higher education systems. Shaped in large part by the Morrill Acts of 1862 and 1890, public higher education in the U.S. is rooted in the land-grant universities that emerged from the turmoil of the Civil War to promote the application of science to human problems, create the potential for upward social mobility, and facilitate a civically engaged citizenry. At the heart of the Morrill Acts was a goal of benefitting both the individual and the community by broadening access to what the first act called “liberal and practical education” for the growing middle class. At the University of Arizona and at many other public research universities, the synergy of individual achievement, civic engagement and social advancement is encoded in our institutional DNA.

Reflecting a belief in the civic value of a well-educated citizenry, the GI Bill, the rise of community colleges, and the Pell Grant program built on the Morrill Act...

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