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From the above table it will be seen that on the whole over 410 graduates have averaged but 8 years out of college; which will explain why many of
them who would gladly be on a farm are not there, viz, :--they have not been able to lay up enough capital ahead to become independent farmers and until they can do so they are able to turn their education to better account as teachers. This may readily be seen by the following resumé.
The two courses of study offered are the Agricultural and Mechanical, both of which are given in detail below. The Agricultural course has as an essential feature in addition to the class room work, daily manual labor for from two to three or four hours, including a certain time on farm and garden, and also in the carpenter shop and in military drill.
The mechanical students are required to spend two hours per day throughout the course in shop practice and from one to two hours in free-hand and mechanical drawing.
AUTUMN TERM.- ebra-Newcomb. Ancient story-Swinton's Outlines. Eng. lish-Whitney's Essentials. Elocution—Le Row.
SPRING TERM.-Geometry-Wentworth. Drawing-Free Hand, Lectures. Agriculture -Lectures. Declamations.
SUMMER TERM.-Geometry Completed. Botany-Gray's Lessons, Wood's Botanist and Florist. Rhetoric-D. J. Hill. Essays.
AUTUMN TERM.- Algebra Completed. Trigonometry-Olney, half term. Moral Philosophy, half term-Bascom. Botany, half term. Agriculture, half term-Lectures. Declamations and Essays.
SPRING TERM.— Trigonometry completed, half term --Bellows. Surveying and Field Work, half term-Bellows. Botany–Laboratory Work, two hours daily. RhetoricA. S. Hill. Essays.
SUMMER TERM.—Mechanics-Atkinson's Ganot. Elementary Chemistry-Lectures, Bloxam. Agriculture, half term-Lectures. Landscape Gardening, half term--Lectures. Original Speeches.
AUTUMN TERM.-- Mechanics completed, half term. Anatomy, half term-Lectures, Martin, and Laboratory practice. Horticulture-Lectures, text-book, and Laboratory practice. Organic Chemistry--Lectures. Blowpipes and Volumetric Analysis-Laboratory Practice. Essays and Public Speeches.
SPRING TERM. -- Human and Comparative Physiology-Lectures. Martin. Laboratory work three hours daily for two weeks. Analytical Chemistry.–Laboratory work two hours daily, Kedzie's Hand-book. Logic~Jevon's Lessons and Fowler's Inductive Logic. Essays and Public Speeches.
SUMMER TERM.-- Entomology-Lectures, Packard, Cook's Apiary, Laboratory practice three hours a week. English Literature-Lectures, Stopford A. Brooke, Select Texts. Agricultural Chemistry-Lectures. Essays and Public Speeches.
AUTUMN TERM.-Psychology-- Bascom. Chemical Physics--Atkinson's Ganot, Laboratory practice. Zoölogy-Lectures, Packard, and Laboratory work. Agricultural Engineering--Lectures. Veterinary--Lectures, and practical dissection. Critical Essays and Public Speeches.
SPRING TERM.-- Meteorology-Lectures. Civil Engineering--Davies' Surveying, Lectures. Constitution of the United States, half term--Cooley. Political Economy, half term-Chapin-Wayland. Veterinary--Lectures, and clinical instruction. Geology, half term--Lectures, Dana. Horticulture, half term-Lectures, and Laboratory prac. tice. Essays and Public Speeches,
SUMMER TERM.--Chemistry--Quantitative Analysis, Laboratory Practice. Botany and Forestry-Lectures and Laboratory Practice. Agriculture--Lectures. Veterinary
Tall studies elective in this year.
-Lectures, and clinical instruction. English Literature, half term--Lectures, Select Text. Philosophy of History, half term--Guizot. Astronomy-- Newcomb and Holden. Milton once a week. Public Speeches.
AUTUMN TERM.--Free-hand Drawing. Algebra--Newcomb. English–Whitney's Essentials. Elocution--Le Row. Shop Practice.
SPRING TERM.--Mechanical Drawing--Morse. Elementary Physics three times per week—Ganot. Work-shop appliances twice per week-Shelly. Geometry-Wentworth. Declamations. Shop Practice.
SUMMER TERM.- Mechanical Drawing. Elementary Physics-Lectures and Laboratory work. Geometry. Rhetoric-D. J. Hill, Shop Practice.
Sophomore Year. AUTUMN TERM. – Mechanical Drawing. Algebra, completed. Botany-Lectures and Laboratory Practice. Elementary Physics, half term. Trigonometry, half term–Olney, Loomis' Tables. Essays and Declamations. Shop Practice.
SPRING TERM.- Mechanical Drawing. Rhetoric-A. S. Hill. Trigonometry, half term. Surveying, half term-Bellows. Mechanics. Essays. Shop Practice.
SUMMER TERM. -Descriptive Geometry - Church. Analytical Geometry Olney. Elementary Chemistry--Bloxam. Original Declamations. Shop Practice.
Junior Year. AUTUMN TERM.- Mechanical Drawing. Chemistry--Blowpipe. Analytical Geometry, half term. Calculus, half term, Olney. French-Keetel. Public Speeches. Shop Practice.
SPRING TERM.--Mechanical Drawing. Calculus. Analytical Chemistry. French. Public Speeches. Shop Practice.
SUMMER TERM.-- Mechanical Drawing. Analytical Mechanics--Bowser. French. Public Speeches. Ciril Engineering-Thurston's Materials of Engineering. Shop Practice.
Senior Year. AUTUMN TERM.--Book keeping, half term--Mayhew, Business Law, half term-Haigh. Elements of Mechanism. Analytical Mechanics. Mechanical Laboratory Practice. Technical Essays. Public Speeches. Shop Practice.
SPRING TERM.-- Elements of Mechanism, half term. Lithological Geology, half term. Civil Engineering, or U. S. Constitution and Political Science. Machine Design. Technical Essays. Public Speeches.
SUMMER TERM.--Astronomy--Newcomb and Holden. Steam Engineering and Thermodynamics. Metallurgy. Thesis Work in place of Shop Practice.
The text-books mentioned above are those used when the several subjects were last taught, but they are liable to be changed.
The needs mentioned in my last annual report have since been generally provided for by legislative appropriations.
Unfortunately these were made so late in the season that it was impossible to erect the needed buildings this year, so that we find it necessary to restrict somewhat the number of new students to be received, but by the next commencement—that of 1888—we shall have our capacity increased by a new dormitory, an additional building for the accommodation of officers and their families, a fine horticultural laboratory and an addition to our mechanical shops, which practically doubles their capacity.
Secy. Mich. State Board of Agriculture. AG ,
August 12th, 1887.