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Interesting link, although I still insist ISU is more like Auburn than it is like Purdue (Purdue focusing more academics/liberal arts while Auburn and ISU tend to focus on the original land grant college's purpose.).
Where is your reference to such a conclusion?
All three are still focused on the land grant mission of their respective states. All three schools have a great reputation for their respective ag schools. Purdue has the most high tech reputation. However, Iowa State also has a significant reputation in computer science, as it was the home of the world's first digital computing device. Purdue, along with Indiana U, had a another similar importance in the history of Computer Science. Auburn, though a fine land grant, doesn't have anything like that for the early years of computer science history.
Iowa State is also very similar to Michigan State University. Iowa State is much more like a Big 10 institution when compared to the University of Kentucky, West Virginia University, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the University of Delaware, SUNY-Buffalo, SUNY Albany, SUNY Stony Brook, SUNY Binghampton, and all MAC and Missouri Valley schools, and its academics is about comparable to the University of Missouri. The Big 10 has 7 land grants, and the two that are not consolidated land grants/liberal arts comprehensives, Iowa State is comparable to those two schools (MSU and Purdue) with slightly less rep than Purdue and about even with MSU. Iowa having only 3 state universities does have a national reputation for having all three institutions with great academic reputations and how that improves the quality of education and research when compared to most states, especially with those states that are slightly bigger or same size or smaller, but yet have many more state universities and colleges. The State of Iowa has mastered quality in its public institutions for the size of state it is. This was quoted in a speech by a former Chancelor of the University of California, Berkeley to a speech to Texas A & M University on flagship universities.
And as far as liberal arts at Iowa State, Iowa State University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln both share Ted Kooser
among their respective alumni. He is the current (and two-time) US Poet Laureate
and that places him in the same ranks as Robert Frost
. You can't get more accomplished Liberal Arts than that. He also recently recieved a Pulitzer Price for his poetry.
Actually, Tman, both the University of Missouri and Iowa State University are members of the AAU, as are all the 11 members of the Big 10: