Committee on Courses of Study records
The Committee on Courses of Study, consisting of university faculty and administrators, was charged with formulating policies and regulations on such matters as course offerings, military instruction, academic standards, grading systems, and academic regulations. The collection contains minutes, correspondence, and proposed academic regulations generated by the committee and its various subcommittees.
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Committee on Courses of Study records, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.
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The Committee on Courses of Study was established to formulate university-wide policies and regulations on such matters as course offerings, military instruction, and academic standards. Members were appointed from both the faculty and administration. Meetings were held at the suggestion of a member of the committee or upon advice from the president of the university. Actions of the committee were reported to and considered by the President and the University Senate. The committee existed as early as 1917; the date of its final discontinuation is unknown. In January 1929, the Committee on Courses of Study changed its name to the Committee on Instruction. In April 1930, the name was changed, again, to the Committee on Educational Standards and Academic Regulations. No apparent modification of duties accompanied the name changes.
Scope and Contents of the Collection
The records of the Committee on Courses of Study consist of minutes, correspondence, and proposed academic regulations dating from 1919 to 1935. The minutes document the attendance of members and topics discussed at the meetings. Possible areas of concern for the committee are expressed in the correspondence by members and non members. The logistics of scheduling meetings are also discussed in the correspondence. Draft and final versions of proposed academic regulations are also included.
Custodial History and Acquisition Information
The source of these records is unknown.
Guide revised by: Jennifer Evans, November 1998.
Metal fasteners were removed and replaced with plastic clips over pieces of acid-free paper. The records were organized in chronological order and placed in acid-free folders in an acid-free box.
EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Dan Schwartz, May 2006. Edited by Malissa Ruffner, December 2008.
Arrangement of Collection
This collection is organized as one series:
Detailed Description of the Collection
Series 1: Administrative Files, 1919-1935 and undated (0.25 linear feet)
The records consist of minutes documenting the meetings of the committee, some concerns of the academic community, and the evolving academic standards and regulations of the University of Maryland. Subjects discussed in the meetings include grading systems, examination and registration procedures, as well as cribbing and unexcused absences. The records are arranged chronologically.
|Description||Series||Box / Reel||Folder / Frame|
|Administrative files, 1919-1935 and undated||series 1||box 1||folder 1|
|Administrative files, 1919-1935 and undated||series 1||box 1||folder 2|
|Administrative files, 1919-1935 and undated||series 1||box 1||folder 3|
Materials related to this collection may be found under the heading "Academic Regulations and General Information" in the University Publications collection of the Archives and Manuscripts Department. They include booklets published yearly by the university for students about academic regulations and other important information. Other materials related to the Committee on Courses of Study may be found in the records of the University Senate, Series I, also in the Archives and Manuscripts Department.
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Selected Search Terms
This collection is indexed under the following headings in the University of Maryland Libraries' Catalog. Researchers desiring related materials about these topics, names, or places may search the Catalog using these headings.
- University of Maryland, College Park -- Committee on Courses of Study
- University of Maryland, College Park -- Curricula -- History -- Sources