Public Colleges and Universities

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OAKLAND UNIVERSITY. Rochester, Michigan 48063 (313) 377-2100. In 1955 the Oakland County ( Michigan) Planning Commission initiated efforts to found a college in the county, and on January 3, 1957, Matilda R. and Alfred G. Wilson donated the 1,400-acre Meadow Brook Farms estate and $2 million to Michigan State University* to establish a college. Construction began in 1958, and the first noncredit continuing education classes were begun in a converted chicken coop. Michigan State University-Oakland was established as an autonomous unit under Michigan State University. Durward Belmont Varner served as chancellor ( 1958-1970). Regular classes were opened in September 1959 with about 570 freshmen students and a faculty of 24. The name was changed to Oakland University in 1963 when the first 146 baccalaureate degrees were awarded. The university was reorganized into the College of Arts and Sciences and schools of Education and Engineering. New units were the Meadow Brook School of Music ( 1968), School of Performing Arts ( 1967), and School of Economics and Management ( 1969). The Institute of Biological Sciences and the Urban Affairs Center were organized in 1967. Oakland University was established as an independent public university in 1970. Varner resigned as chancellor in 1970; he was succeeded by Donald Davy O'Dowd ( 1970-1979), the first president. Faculty dissatisfaction led to unionization and a strike in the fall of 1971. The School of Nursing was established in 1974 and the Center for General and Career Studies in 1975. On the 1,400-acre campus are more than thirty buildings, including Kresge Library ( 1961), Dodge Hall of Engineering ( 1968), Hannah Hall of Science ( 1961), Meadow Brook Theatre and Art Gallery, Lepley Sports Center, and seven student residence halls. There is an eighteen- hole golf course on the campus.

Oakland University is a public, coeducational, commuter and residential university operating on the quarter academic calendar with a summer quarter. In the 1980s there were more than 11,000 students with a full-time faculty of 375 and a part-time faculty of 155. The university is organized into the College

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface vii
  • Notes x
  • A 1
  • B 43
  • C 59
  • D 151
  • E 161
  • F 181
  • G 209
  • H 241
  • I 253
  • J 289
  • K 297
  • L 317
  • M 349
  • N 449
  • O 601
  • P 635
  • Q 651
  • R 653
  • S 669
  • T 733
  • U 799
  • W 833
  • Y 911
  • Appendix 1: Years Founded 915
  • Appendix 2: Location by States 939
  • Appendix 3: Land-Grant Institutions 955
  • Appendix 4: Specialized Institutions 957
  • Index 961
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