Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

Carnegie Corporation Calls for Renewed Commitment in Higher Education

Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

Carnegie Corporation Calls for Renewed Commitment in Higher Education

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WASHINGTON. D.C.

On the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Morrill Act, Carnegie Corporation of New York released a new national poll that indicates the majority of Americans believe that access to higher education is a right. The poll was conducted in conjunction with a major gathering of leaders in education and science to commemorate the groundbreaking legislation that provided funding for land-grant colleges and universities.

"This is an occasion for a renewal of America's commitment to higher education," said Carnegie President Vartan Gregorian.

According to the Carnegie poll of 1.000 Americans, three out of four Americans (76 percent) believe access to higher education should be a right, with nearly half (46 percent) responding that they feel this strongly.

As the Civil War raged on and the Union was in jeopardy, President Abraham Lincoln and the members of the 37th Congress passed monumental legislation for the benefit of all Americans. The passage of the Morrill Act of 1862 enabled educational institutions in each eligible state to promote "the liberal and practical education of the industrial classes in the several pursuits and professions in life." Only eight months later. …

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