@UofA July 18


My daily post theme for 2017 is on Colleges and Universities.

The plan for starting my blog back in 2014 was at the urging of fellow coaching colleagues to share posts on leadership and/or motivation. Somehow that idea got derailed and turned into daily posts on one theme for an entire year.

In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and for 2017 I will focus on “Colleges and Universities”.

I have been associated with colleges since I was 18 and I love them. I have coached/worked at four different universities and in my professional and personal travels visited 100’s more. Each college has something in its history that I want to share that to me make it unique or personal.

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Name of University: University of Arizona

Location: Tuscon AZ

The first university in the Arizona Territory was the University of Arizona founded in 1885. This was almost three decades before it became a state. The first classes convened in 1891, when 32 students and six teachers met in the original building now known as Old Main, on 40 acres of land.

Arizona Old Main

The University of Arizona benefitted from an Act of Congress of July 2, 1862, known as the Morrill Act. This legislation created the land-grant colleges and enabled the institution to obtain federal funds for its original schools of agriculture and mines.

Sometimes in higher education you hear the phrase “Grow Your Own” in reference to attracting faculty and staff. In the early years the University of Arizona had to grow their own students.

Thirty-two students enrolled for the first semester but only six were admitted to the freshman class. The rest went to a specially established prep school. The problem was there were no high schools in the territory. It took seventeen years for university students to outnumber those in the prep classes. The University maintained the preparatory classes for twenty-three years.

Today the University of Arizona has over 43,000 students the majority of their students come from Arizona and California. The third most popular state of origin for students at the university is Illinois.

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