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Fulfilling the 21st Century Land-Grant Mission

Essays in Honor of The Ohio State University’s Sesquicentennial Commemoration

Edited by Stephen M. Gavazzi and David J. Staley

296 pp. 7x10
10 illustrations
Pub Date: August, 2020

Subjects: Ohio


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“A beautiful compilation of essays celebrating the past, present, and future of one of America’s most successful and important land-grant universities. With contributions from leading scholars, presidents, provosts, and faculty, the case for the land-grant as an institutional calling is made clear.” —David V. Rosowsky, Provost Emeritus, University of Vermont

“While this book is a celebration of Ohio State’s sesquicentennial, its essays are much, much more. It is an assortment of perspectives. A celebration of prominence. A challenge to be preeminent. An anchor to the past. A telescope for the future. The book is a loving and fitting tribute to a great university, and its essays will long serve as cairns for everyone involved in public higher education.” —Barry H. Dunn, President, South Dakota State University


Over the past 150 years, land-grant universities—America’s first public institutions of higher learning—have had a profound impact on the well-being of our nation. Founded by the 1862 Morrill Land Grant Act and signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln, land-grant universities were given a three-part mission: to teach, to conduct research, and to engage communities across each state in order to meet their localized needs.

Gathered in honor of The Ohio State University’s sesquicentennial celebration, this collection of essays highlights the significant contributions that Ohio State continues to make as part of its twenty-first-century land-grant mission. Authors from across the university—representing fields as various as agriculture, dance, English, engineering, family science, geography, medicine, social work, and veterinary science—provide contributions that highlight the preeminent status of The Ohio State University. In addition, the perspectives of alumni, staff members, and senior administrators (both present and former) round out the picture of Ohio State as the first among equals regarding its land-grant peers. Overall, contributors draw on rich and varied institutional backgrounds to offer invaluable insights for higher education administrators and scholars across the US.

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Stephen M. Gavazzi is rofessor in the Human Development and Family Science program in the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University. He is the coauthor (with E. Gordon Gee) of Land-Grant Universities for the Future: Higher Education for the Public Good.
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David J. Staley is Director of the Humanities Institute at The Ohio State University associate professor in the Department of History. He is the author most recently of Alternative Universities: Speculative Design for Innovation in Higher Education.


List of Illustrations


The Prominence and Preeminence of The Ohio State University
Stephen M. Gavazzi and David J. Staley


Defining the Modern Land-Grant University
Michael V. Drake

Prima Inter Pares: Ohio State’s Position as the First Among Equals within the American Public and Land-Grant University System
Stephen M. Gavazzi

The History and Future of the Ohio State University
David J. Staley


Teaching Excellence in the 21st Century: Meeting the Mission, Extending the Vision: Teaching and Learning at 150 and Beyond
Kay Halasek

Coming Full Circle:  Research, Discovery, and Creative Inquiry at Ohio State
Janet M. Weisenberger

Engagement: The Land-Grant Compact Through Time and Change
Stephen C. Myers


Engaging Ohio’s Youth and Fulfilling the Land-Grant Mission Through 4-H Youth Development
Kirk Bloir and Scott D. Scheer

Flexner Effect: Medical Educational Reform and the Land-Grant Universities
E. Christopher Ellison

Social Impact and Inclusive Excellence
Thomas K. Gregoire

Food and Nutritional Security: Still the Grand Challenge for Land-Grant Universities
Casey Hoy and Brian Snyder

Reinventing the Regional Campus
Norman W. Jones

The Science of Families: Work-Family Balance and the Twenty-First Century Land-Grant Mission
Claire Kamp Dush and Stephen M. Gavazzi

Agriculture as the Cornerstone College in the 21st Century Land-Grant Mission
Cathann A. Kress and Graham R. Cochran

At the Intersection: The Birth of Ohio’s 1862 and 1890 Land-Grant Universities
Laquore Meadows

Ohio State as a 21st Century Urban University
Harvey J. Miller

Toward a Land-Grant Fierce Future: BE THE MODEL™ College of Veterinary Medicine in the 21st Century
Rustin M. Moore

Engineering at The Ohio State University: Driving the Economic Development of Ohio
David B. Williams

Backstage at Ohio State’s The Arts Initiative: Defining a World of Arts Enterprise
Valarie Williams


Ohio State’s Second-Year Transformational Experience Program: Enriching Students’ Lives in the Modern Land-Grant Era
David Isaacs, Anne McDaniel, Javaune Adams-Gaston, & M. Susie Whittington

I Had No Idea… But Now That I Do…
Clark Kellogg

The Abiding Promise of a Land-Grant Education
Matthew Mayhew & Eric McChesney


The State of Ohio Leadership Institute
Trevor L. Brown

Why We Count:  Using Data to Be Our Best Selves
Julia W. Carpenter-Hubin

The Model Land-Grant Library at Ohio State
Damon E. Jaggars

Ohio State Leadership
Rick Martin & Tayo Switzer

The Ethos of the Engaged Institution
Roger A. Rennekamp

Responding to Student and Community Change Through Academic Program Reviews
Ryan J. Schmiesing

Building Generations of Leaders at The Ohio State University
Donald A. Stenta


Adventures of Being a University President
E. Gordon Gee

America’s Education Crisis: Can Land-Grant Values Be Our Salvation?
William E. Kirwan

Leadership Lessons from the Ohio State University
Ed Ray

Fostering Innovation and Collaboration within Land-Grant Universities
Joseph Steinmetz


Parting Thoughts on Fulfilling the 21st Century Land-Grant Mission
Stephen M. Gavazzi and David J. Staley


Related Titles:

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Time and Change
150 Years of The Ohio State University

Tamar Chute
with a Letter by President Michael V. Drake and an Afterword by Provost Bruce A. McPheron