Education: Big Southern Campus

As even the proudest Southerner knew, post-graduate education in the South, particularly in professional fields, was in a sorry state. Florida had neither dental, medical nor veterinary schools; facilities in most other states were hopelessly inadequate. What could be done to bring the South up to par?

At their annual meeting in 1948, nine Dixie governors agreed on a simple answer: they would share each other's campuses. They set up a council, opened headquarters in Atlanta, went into operation in 1949. By last week, the Southern Regional Education Board had become the biggest boon that Southern education has ever known — "the...

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