As the nation expanded westward at the turn of the 19th century, the federal government realized the value of an advanced education and passed the Northwest Ordinance, which included the provision: “Religion, morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.” In 1817, in accordance with that philosophy

Jessica Boullion
The Capitol Building in Lansing. (MIKE HULSEBUS/Daily)
Jessica Boullion
Former University President James Duderstadt. (PETER SCHOTTENFELS/Daily)

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