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150 Years of College Access

By Elise Young

Public colleges must increase access by keeping costs of attendance down and harnessing technology to engage and educate students, a parade of big-name speakers said Tuesday at a conference celebrating the sesquicentennial of the national legislation that established public universities.

Students, professors and higher education officials gathered at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities’ event — 150 Years of the Morrill Act: Advancing the Legacy — to discuss how to continue fulfilling the law’s objectives. The Morrill Act, passed in 1862, donated public lands to several states and designated revenue from the sale of those lands to fund colleges and increase access to education, especially in agriculture and engineering, to address society’s needs.

Visit: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2012/06/27/birthday-celebration-land-grant-colleges-get-advice-about-their-future#ixzz1z3YAqMq6

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