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A Century of Service
Land-Grant Colleges and Universities, 1890-1900





ISBN 9781412845885
Published December 15, 2011 by Routledge
193 Pages

 
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In 1890 congressional legislation opened a new chapter in the history of higher education by allocating public support for black Land-Grant colleges and universities.These institutions were established to provide training to blacks in the fields of agriculture, home economics, the mechanical arts, and other useful professions. For a century, these schools have assumed and continue to maintain a unique and important role in affording educational opportunities for thousands of students to whom no other doors would have been opened. A Century of Service is both a history and a celebration of these Land-Grant schools. The work also provides a presentation of views on how their original mission can best be adapted to the challenges of the future.

The 1890 Land-Grant institutions are a legacy of what can be accomplished with little more than a determined, tenacious commitment to survive and excel. In spite of unequal financial support, they have succeeded in establishing and building quality resident academic and extension programs on a par with those of other colleges and universities not suffering the same economic limitations. As demonstrated throughout this volume, the 1890 institutions have amassed an impressive record of achievement in the areas of agricultural research, cooperative extension, development of rural communities' support systems, human resources development, resident instruction, international development, and technology and information transfer.

In assessing the current state of the schools and looking to the future, the authors seek ways of building upon their strengths and traditions and explore alternative institutional designs to enhance the status and opportunities for African American agricultural scientists and professionals under quite new circumstances. A Century of Service will be of interest to social historians, black studies specialists, agricultural scientists, and educators.

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction: A Century of Service: The Past, Present, and Future Roles of 1890
Land-Grant Colleges and Institutions
Ralph D. Christy, Lionel Williamson, and Handy Williamson, Jr.

Part I Historical Development of 1890 Institutions


1. Land-Grant Institutions: Their Struggle for Survival and Equality
Fred Humphries

2. A National Resource - A National Challenge: The 1890 Land-Grant Colleges and Universities
William P. Hytche

3. Development of Agricultural Economic Programs at the 1890 Land-Grant Institutions
Sidney H. Evans, Donald R. McDowell, and Ridgely A. Mu'Min

Part II A Contemporary View of 1890 Instituions


4. Resident Instruction Programs at 1890 Institutions
Leroy Davis

5. Status of Agricultural Research Programs at 1890 Land-Grant
Institutions and Tuskgee University
McKinley Mayes

6. Extension Programs at the 1890 Land-Grant Institutions
Dan Godfrey and Alton Franklin

7. International Involvement of Historically Black Land-Grant Institutions in the
AID-Supported Development Activities and Programs
Handy Williamson, Jr. and Collin C. Weir

Part III The Future Role of 1890 Institutions


8. Future Roles of 1890 Land-Grant Institutions: Instruments of Opportunity and Excellence
Benjamin F. Payton

9. Widening the Base of the Triangle: What the 1890 Institutions and Tuskgee Institute
Have Done and Must Continue to Do
Huel D. Perkins

10. Education and Tomorrow's Work Force: A National Agenda
Clifton R. Wharton, Jr.

Part IV Policy Alternatives to Meet the Challenges of Institutional Design and Change


11. Designing Agricultural Institutions of Higher Education to Meet the Needs of the
Twenty-First Century: Implications for Minorities
Melvin E. Walker, Jr.

12. Keeping the Land-Grant Tradition: The Future Roles of the 1890 Land-Grant Institutions
James T. Bonnen

13. Reforming Land-Grant Institutions to Educate Young People for Professional
Careers in Agriculture
Mason C. Carter

14. Reforming Agricultural Science Professions to Enhance the Status and
Opportunites for Black Professionals: Policy Implications for Agricultural Economists
Carlton G. Davis

Contributors

Abbreviations

Index

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