COPY OF THE VEKBAL SUMMARY MADE BY MARSHALL AT THE FOUR YEAR COLLEGE
HEARING OF THE LEGISLATIVE SUB-COMMITTEE IN MARSHALL ON FEBRUARY 8, i960
As indicated earlier in our report, the rapidly growing and progressive
community of Marshall will definitely provide all necessary and required local
support toward land acquisition, scholarships, job opportunities, etc. if a
college should be located in this community.
However, we do not believe that contributions offered by communities
interested in the location of a four year college should become bidding
contests with the so-called winner being the highest bidder.
We do believe that all of the basic factors should be considered and
balanced, one against the other, in determining the location of this college.
Almost any community in this area has, for example, one or more
satisfactory sites. We believe, though, that no site of less than 200 acres
should be considered. This has been proved by experiences at other state
colleges in Minnesota.
Therefore not just site or local contributions should be determining
factors but should be considered along with all other aspects before a
decision is reached. Some of these other factors are:
1. Student potential--not just today's but five, ten, and more
years from now, always remembering that the largest number
attending will come from the immediate area. There are, for
example, over 300 seniors graduating this spring from high
schools in Marshall or within 12 road miles of Marshall.
2. Geographical location--a location which would have both the
least over-lapping with existing college areas, using a fifty
mile radius, and which would leave the least void in southwestern Minnesota.
3. Public utilities--that can meet the needs of a four year