Crisis in Utah Higher Education : The Consolidation Controversy of 1905-7
Utah Historical Quarterly
During 1905-7, a battle was waged over the question of the consolidation of the Agricultural College of Utah (now Utah State University) with the University of Utah. It created serious divisions between Utah's principal educators, divided both houses of the legislature, and was the chief item on the governor's political agenda. It particularly impacted the lives and careers of John A. Widtsoe, William J. Kerr, and William S. McCornick. Although the advocates of consolidation were defeated, the course offerings of the ACU were limited in order to minimize duplication of instruction at the two institutions. Changes were also made in the leadership of the ACU Board of Trustees and the college presidency.