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: Savannah State University
Location: Savannah GA
Today I am beginning a weekend trip with some great friends in a city I love Savannah. I love the river, the squares, the homes, and the vibe the people of Savannah give off. Part of Savannah vibe is it has a history with higher education.
I previously wrote about Savannah College of Art and Design.
I am also saddened that a university I have a strong relationship Armstrong State in the next year will be consolidated with Georgia Southern. All the news links about merger that can be found below.
The Federal Government has passed legislation during the history of our country that has changed higher education. I knew about the 1862 Morril Land Grand Act. That act provided grants of land to states to finance the establishment of colleges specializing in “agriculture and the mechanic arts.” Named for its sponsor, Vermont Congressman Justin Smith Morrill (1810–98), it granted each state 30,000 acres for each of its congressional seats. Funds from the sale of the land were used by some states to establish new schools; other states turned the money over to existing state or private colleges to create schools of agriculture and mechanic arts (known as “A&M” colleges).
What I didn’t know was there was a Second Morril Land Grant Act passed in 1890.
A second Morrill Act in 1890 was also aimed at the former Confederate states. This act required each state to show that race was not an admissions criterion, or else to designate a separate land-grant institution for persons of color. Among the seventy colleges and universities which eventually evolved from the Morrill Acts are several of today’s historically Black colleges and universities including Savannah State University.
Established in 1890, Savannah State University is the oldest public historically black college or university in Georgia and the oldest institution of higher learning in the city of Savannah.
Today Savannah State is now home to an increasingly diverse student body of more than 4,900.
In April 2017 Savannah State after almost 20 years of being a NCAA Division I member has decided to change affiliations to NCAA Division II.