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MSU vs. Cornell

Earlier this week, I had the privilege of hearing Lou Anna Simon speak. Dr. Simon, the president of Michigan State University, spoke passionately about the need for research universities to affirm their role in local, state, and regional affairs, and the need to "democratize" knowledge.

But she also mentioned something else: that she was trying to transform MSU from a "land-grant" institution to a "world-grant" institution. In fact, MSU's 'strategic commitment' makes this claim as well, that "land-grant has become global-grant" and "by 2012, MSU will be recognized worldwide as the United States' leading land-grant research university."

But wait a second. Isn't that Cornell's goal as well? Cornell's campaign literature asserts that by 2015, Cornell will fully realize [its] role as land grant institution to the world.

Which apparently gives MSU three years to be on top...

Matthew Nagowski | Posted on November 01, 2006 (#)

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