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Guide to the Arts and Sciences Council Records, 1991 - 1999

Abstract

The Arts and Sciences Council was established at Duke University in July 1991, when the Undergraduate Faculty Council of Arts and Sciences disbanded and reconstituted itself to include some aspects of graduate studies and research initiatives. The Arts and Sciences Council is elected by the Arts and Sciences faculty and serves as this faculty's primary institution for faculty governance. The Council also determines and implements the broad objectives of undergraduate education and considers all matters affecting the academic and residential environments of students, making recommendations and adopting regulations where appropriate. Records include correspondence, reports, minutes, memoranda, questionnaires, and other materials documenting the activities of the A & S Council. The bulk of the materials were generated by the Curriculum Review Committee, circa 1992-1999. The collection also features records created by several other committees, including Academic Affairs, Academic Standards, Financial Aid, Residential Life, and Senior Year.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Arts and Sciences Council records, 1991 - 1999
Creator
Duke University. Arts and Sciences Council.
Extent
3.5 Linear Feet , 3000 Items
Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult University Archives, Duke University.
Language
English.

Collection Overview

Arts and Sciences Council records include correspondence, reports, minutes, memoranda, questionnaires, and other materials documenting the activities of the A&S Council. The bulk of the materials were generated by the Curriculum Review Committee, circa 1992-1999. In 1992 Dean Richard White appointed the Curriculum Review Committee to evaluate the undergraduate curriculum. The records of the committee document its processes of studying the curriculum as well as its evaluation and recommendations. Surveys concerning the curriculum, which were completed by faculty as well as juniors and seniors are included. Curriculum issues reflected in the records include the Undergraduate Writing Course, requirements for academic majors, the division of the curriculum into six areas of knowledge, and academic advising. Copies of earlier curriculum studies, "Structure and Choice in Liberal Education" (1986) and "A Climate for Liberal Learning" (1980), are included.

The collection also features records created by several other committees, including Academic Affairs, Academic Standards, Financial Aid, Residential Life, and Senior Year.

Administrative Information

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Contents of the Collection

Minutes, 1991-1997
Box 1
Minutes, 1995-1999
Box 5
Bulletin
Box 2
Minutes and memoranda, 1992
Box 2
Curriculum studies, 1980-1992
Box 2
Miscellaneous records, 1993
Box 2
Questionnaire: Collation of responses, 1992
Box 2
Questionnaire responses: Faculty, 1992
Box 2
Questionnaire responses: Students, 1992
Box 2
Undergraduate Faculty Council of Arts and Sciences minutes, 1986-1990
Box 2
Questionnaire results, 1993
Box 3
Responses to CRC report, 1993
Box 3
Report drafts, 1993
Box 3
Audio tapes of committee meetings, 1992-1993
Box 3
Senior Year Committee
Box 3
Academic Affairs Committee: Writing Program review
Box 4
Academic Standards Committee
Box 4
Ad Hoc Committee on Financial Aid
Box 4
Curriculum Review Committee
Box 4
Residential Life Committee
Box 4
Senior Year Committee
Box 4
TASC Planning and Priorities Committee
Box 4

Historical Note

The Arts and Sciences Council (A & S Council) was established 1 July 1991, when the Undergraduate Faculty Council of Arts and Sciences (UFCAS) disbanded and reconstituted itself; the Arts and Sciences Council first met on September 12, 1991. Its purposes include representing the faculty and advising the deans of Arts and Sciences with particular respect to Trinity College. The A & S Council retained UFCAS's functions, but added other matters to its purview, including some aspects of graduate studies and research initiatives. The Executive Committee of the Arts and Sciences Council established four ad hoc committees and recommended to Deans White and Gillis appointments to the following committees: Committee on Facilities, Committee to Review Study Abroad, Curriculum Review Committee, and the Committee on the Teaching of Korean Languages. Since 1991, some of these committees have been disbanded or re-organized, and new committees have been formed.

In 2005, the Arts and Sciences council provided the following description of its purpose on its website: "The Arts and Sciences Council is elected by the Arts and Sciences faculty and serves as this faculty's primary institution for faculty governance. The purposes of the Council are to represent the faculty and advise the Deans of Arts and Sciences and Trinity College with respect to: Arts and Sciences priorities; faculty development; support and policy for faculty research, teaching, and administrative facilities; organization of departments and units within the Arts and Sciences faculty; areas of interaction between graduate and undergraduate programs such as teaching assistantships, instructional budgets, and teacher training; and any other matters of particular concern to the Arts and Sciences faculty. With particular respect to Trinity College, the Council determines and implements the broad objectives of undergraduate education and considers all matters affecting the academic and residential environments of students, making recommendations and adopting regulations where appropriate. The Council meets monthly during the academic year."

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Undergraduate Faculty Council of Arts and Sciences Records. (University Archives, Duke University.)
  • Undergraduate Faculty Council Records. (University Archives, Duke University.)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Arts and Sciences Council Records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Arts and Sciences Council Records were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1993-2001.

Processing Information

This collection is partially processed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.

Encoded by Jill Katte, July 2005

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.