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RERORT OF THE BOARD OF REGENTS.
To the Superintendent of Public Instruction of the State of
Phe Board of Regents of the State University beg leave to present this, their Annual Report and exhibit of the affairs of the University, for the year ending July 1st, 1866, in accordance with the provisions of law.
DEPARTMENT OF SCIENCE, LITERATURE AND THE ARTS. The number of students in this department was 353, embraced in the following classes: Seniors, 43; Juniors, 41; Sophomores, 59; Freshmen, 93; in Higher Chemistry, 70; in selected studies,47. Of these, the number parsning the Classical Course was 137; the Scientific Course, 94; and the number of degrees conferred was 67. Full provision is made for a Mining School, as intimated in our last Report, and the institation is open to any persons who may desire to pursue this special course of study in the most thorough manner.
DEPARTMENT OF MEDICINE AND BURGERY.
The number of students in this department was 467, of whom 74 received the degree of Doctor of Medicine. The Bourse of study and the faculty have remained unchanged. The new building erected, as was supposed, apon a very liberal goale, has been taxed to very nearly its full capacity.
DIPARTMENT OF LAW.
The number of students in this department was 385, classified as follows: Seniors, 114; Juniors, 271; and 108 received the degree of Bachelor of Laws.
The still increasing number of students seemed to demand an increase of the faculty. Ashley Pond, Esq. was therefore employed, at first as an assistant, in this department, and finally appointed to a full professorship, with the title of " Fletcher Professor of Law.”
No. of students in the Department of Science, Literature and the Arts, ..
353 No. of students in the Department of Medicine and Surgery,
467 No. of students in the Department of Law.
Total No. of students during the year,
No. of graduates in the Department of Science, Literature
and the Arts : Bachelor of Arts, 30; Bachelor of Science, 6; Civil Engineer, 7; Master of Arts, 19; Master of Science, 5; total in this Department,..
67 Graduates in Department of Medicine and Surgery,... 74 Graduates in Department of Law,.....
8. Total No. of degrees conferred during the year apon students of the University, ...
The honorary degree of Doctor of Laws was conferred upon the Hon. James V. Campbell, of the Supreme Court; and of Master of Arts, apon Hon. Witter J. Baxter, of Jonesville.
The number of Professors, Instructors, and other officers, with the compensation of each, will appear by reference to Sahedule A,” hereto annexed.
The course of instruction, and the books of instruction need, will appear by reference to Schedule "B," being the Catalogue for the year 1866. A statement in full, of the proceedings and transactions of the Board, during the year, may be found in the journal, a copy of which is hereto annexed, and marked "0." A copy of the by-laws, as amended, is also annexed, marked "D."
A thoroughly competent Librarian, at a fair salary has been appointed, who gives his time and energies to the oare, arrangement and perfection of the library. The number of books is found to be about 15,200. Provision is still continued for the purchase of books, to the extent of the means at the disposal of the Board for that purpose.
Very considerable improvements have been made in the Museum, by mounting a large number of additional speci: mens, and increasing the accommodations of the whole oollection.
THE OBSERVATORY. Improvements in the Observatory building, were projected during the year, with the aid of its friends, intended to make it more stable and suitable for its
CONDITION AND WANTS OF THE UNIVERSITY.
All departments have been eminently prosperous, and increasingly efficient and successful. Our University has acquired as high a reputation throughout the country, as its most partial friends could desire.
The Regents are endeavoring to do whatever is within their power to perpetuate this high character and enviable name of our cherished seat of learning. But our means are limited, and there is a most pressing want of an increase of funds, from some source. The people of the State, represented in the State Government, have the power to honor themselves and confer an incalculable blessing upon their posterity, by securing the continued growth and prosperity of one of the most successful institutions of education in the whole country. There is already a demand for more expenditure' for instruotion, which is most likely to become still more urgent. A commodious chapel is a want of long standing, and has now become almost absolutely imperative. We anticipate a need of other buildings at no distant day. The Library ought to be be increased much more rapidly.
But we are already compelled to economize the funds at our disposal, in mooting the pressing demands for instruction, and other current expenses. The receipts and expenditures, and estimates for the ensuing year, will appear by reference to Schedule "E,” hereto annexed.
In conclusion, the Board believe that the simple facts contained in their report, and its accompanying documents, address a weighty appeal to every intelligent citizen of the State of Michigan; one 'which cannot be gainsaid or resisted, and which must be 'only weakened in its force by any, even the most eloquent language we could possibly superadd. ANN ARBOR, Nov. 22d, 1866.
HENRY C. KNIGHT,