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Chemistry laboratory at the University of North Dakota with five male students in uniform and an instructor, c. 1897.

1900s

Hudson Valley Community College (SUNY), previously Hudson Valley Technical Institute, welcomed its first female student in 1955. Here a student is operating a lathe, c. late 1950s.

2000s

Students participating in the Native American Higher Education Initiative, sponsored by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

2000s

SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 Al-Qaeda terrorists attack the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, murdering nearly 3,000 people. The attack also permanently damaged the Borough of Manhattan Community College/CUNY's Fiterman Hall, a 15-story building, reducing the College's instructional space by one third. A new Fiterman Hall is scheduled to open in 2012.

JULY 3, 2002 The Executive Order for Tribal Colleges and Universities is issued, fulfilling the 1994 land-grant status act.

2003 In Grutter v. Bollinger, the U.S. Supreme Court (5-4) upholds the University of Michigan Law School's affirmative action policy.

2004 Excelencia in Education is formed in Washington, D.C., to foster higher education success among Latino students.

APRIL 16, 2007 The Virginia Tech shootings take place; a student kills 32 others, then himself.

AUGUST 14, 2008 The Higher Education Act of 1965 is reauthorized.

FEBRUARY 10, 2009 Nancy Zimpher, former president of the University of Cincinnati, is named Chancellor of The State University of New York to oversee 64 campuses, ranging from community colleges to research universities. She is the first woman to hold the post.

APRIL 2009 Muriel Howard, former president of Buffalo State College/SUNY, is named president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the first female president of the organization and the first African-American to become president of any of the six higher education associations in Washington, D.C.

Compton College campus, now El Camino College, 1950s.Compton College campus (now El Camino College, Compton Center), California, c. 1950s.
SUNY Brockport coach Boozer, 1948.SUNY Brockport coach Boozer and football squad, c. 1948.
University of South Carolina, 1958.University of South Carolina vs. University of North Carolina, 1958.
Library at South Dakota Agricultural College, 1898.Library at South Dakota Agricultural College, now South Dakota State University, 1898.
University of Vermont, 1933.University of Vermont, Billings Memorial Library, c. 1933.
Louisiana Tech UniversityLouisiana Tech University's Josh Brown earned the world's first bachelor's degree in nanosystems engineering, 2007.
Wilma Rudolph and Mae Faggs, 1956.Wilma Rudolph and Mae Faggs, both of Tennessee State University, compete in the trials for the U.S. Women's Olympic track team, Washington, D.C., 1956.
University of Texas, Austin, students demonstrate State College of Florida student dance, c. 1950s. against segregation, 1965.University of Texas, Austin, students demonstrate against segregation, 1965.
State College of Florida student dance, c. 1950s.State College of Florida student dance, c. 1950s.
Students participating in the Native American Higher Education Initiative, sponsored by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.Students participating in the Native American Higher Education Initiative, sponsored by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.