Founding Technicalities

The Morill Act, though it wasn't explicitly stated, was passed to create more agricultural colleges. The University of Nebraska at Lincoln, however, was created as both an agricultural and a technical school. This was not out of legal range, and in fact likely saved the university from unnecessary financial troubles.


Two years after accepting the Morill Act, an amendment was created to ensure the proper delegation of monies. The legislature distinguished clearly between the regents' fund and the university fund, how two-thirds of land sale profits would benefit the university fund while the other third was to supplement the regents' fund. (Wheeler)