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Central State Wins Land-Grant Status, To Get Millions in Funding

An historically black college in southwest Ohio is celebrating becoming a land-grant university, a designation that will provide access to millions of dollars in federal funding. Central State University in Wilberforce sought the designation for more than a century. The U.S. agriculture secretary and some lawmakers joined a Tuesday ceremony to celebrate the status change. University President Cynthia Jackson-Hammond says it will help the school expand, redevelop programs on campus, and more aggressively recruit students and teachers. The school near Dayton is Ohio's second land-grant school. Ohio State University also is in the nation's network of publicly funded land-grant colleges.