Master's Degree

Summer 2021 Course Information
History and Leadership of Land Grant Universities

Course Description
This course provides students the opportunity to learn about the establishment of the Land Grant University system and its impact on higher education and society. Students will learn about history and events that led to the passage of the Morrill Acts (1862, 1890) that established the Land Grant System and consider the influence of the Act on contemporary higher education institutions. Specific focus will be given to the tripartite Land Grant mission of teaching, research and extension, and its role in addressing the contemporary challenges facing higher education. Students will interact with leaders and influencers in higher education and have access to their insights regarding the future of the Land Grant University system.

Ralsa Stewart

Campus Coordinator

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Disability Support Services

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(OPTIONAL) Land-Grant College and Popular Revolt: The Origins of the Morril Act and the Reform of Higher Education
Nathan Sorber
ISBN: 978-1501715174
Publisher: Cornell University Press

(OPTIONAL) Land-Grant Universities for the Future
Stephen Gavazzi/E. Gordon Gee
ISBN: 978-1421426853
Publisher: John Hopkins University Press

Course Access
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Returning students will be sent information on how to access this information and reset their password if they have forgotten it. Students are loaded into the course site one week before the start date of the class; however, instructors may restrict course access until the first day of class.
Students needing assistance accessing their account should contact the IT Help Desk at or 573-882-5000.

Exam Proctor

This course does not require an exam proctor.

Synchronous Components

This course does not include synchronous components.

University Members
Members of the Great Plains IDEA are universities accredited by a regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Member universities recruit, admit and graduate students, teach in an academic program and contribute to the leadership and maintenance of the alliance. Membership in the alliance is a selective process that engages institutional leadership at all levels.

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