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University of Wisconsin. College of Agriculture / Among ourselves: a house organ for the staff of the College of Agriculture
Vol. I (1923-1932)

Among ourselves: a house organ for the staff of the College of Agriculture: Vol. I. No. 3. Mar. 28, 1923,   pp. [1]-3 PDF (1.2 MB)

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    university. The Comptroller of the University of California, R. G.
O  Sproul, says:
         "The curse of Iowa's educational system, according to those
       whnom we talked, is the separation of tne college of agriculture
       from the university and the bitter rivalry which this occasions..."
         "The experience of Iowa State College has shown (that-it) can
       never hope to play its proper part in the field of graduate study.."
         Ex-Dean Bailey of Cornell says:
         "All separate institutions are going backward, and a state
       adopts the policy of separation today dooms its agricultural college
       to mediocrity."
         The above advice is certainly pertinent when one considers the
    course which has been pursued in California where the agricultural
    wuork has been previously divided between Berkeley and Davis. Comment-
    ing on this matter the Commission says:
         "We do not want the leaders of the farm people to cultivate
       much class feeling, but rather to be interested in their relations
       with other people and to get a broad vision of community, national,
       and world problems."
O       The findings of the Commission with reference to the California
    situation are:
         "The retention of the agricultural college as an integral part
       the university at Berkeley; that the first two years be given at
       either Davis or Berkeley; and the last two years at Berkeley only;
       that additional land be provided at Berkeley for instructional need;
       that the permanent experimental work be centralized at Berkeley,
       D~avis, and Riverside."
         'California is more strict than any other institution, except
       possibly Wisconsin, and even in this case the possibility of proba-
       tion offers an opportunity of flexibility which does not exist in
       the California system."
         It is interesting to note, as they admit, "that a student can-
       graduate from the College of Agriculture of the University of Cal-
       i ornia Yrithout having taken any course vwhich was definitely agri-
       cultural. Considering the fact that every agricultural graduate
       is expected to have some vision of the scope of agriculture and
       country life, and some possibility of eventually becoming a farmer,
       this would seem to be an undesirable situation--a conclusion which
       is confirmed by the program and curriculum of every institution
       which we visited."
           ACADEMIC RANKING OF STAFF.   In a number of institutions they
    found that the extension men were not given academic ranking.
         "At the University of Wisconsin the faculty of the College
of Ag-
       riculture is an integral part of the University faculty 'not only
       physically, but spiritually, and intellectually.' There is team

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