Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences records
These records relate to the decennial accreditation review of the University of Maryland. As part of the review each division, college, and department provides a self-study on services and research, strengths and weaknesses, and statistical information. The records in this collection document primarily the 1975 accreditation reviews for the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences. Included in the files are evaluations, reports, and correspondence generated by the Division itself as well as by the Middle States Association for Accreditation of Colleges and Schools.
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Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences records, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.
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The Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences was formed as a result of a campus reorganization in the spring of 1972. It consisted of academic departments formerly administered by the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Business and Public Administration, in addition to a new College of Bussiness and Management. The academic departments initially included within the division were: Afro-American Studies, Anthropology, Bureau of Business and Economic Research, Bureau of Governmental Research, Economics, Geography, Government and Politics, Hearing and Speech Sciences, Information Systems Management, Institute of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Institute of Urban Studies, Linguistics, Psychology, and Sociology. In addition, the College of Business and Management, newly added to the Division, consisted of the departments of Accounting, Behavioral Sciences, Finance, Management Science-Statistics, Marketing, and Transportation, Business and Public Policy.
The Division was designed to extend and support learning in traditional disciplines while creating conditions for the development of interdisciplinary approaches to solving behavioral and social problems. At the heart of the behavioral and social sciences is an emphasis on a broad liberal arts education as the foundation for understanding the environmental, social, and cultural forces that shape the world.
At the head of the division was a provost, appointed by the chancellor, to serve as the chief administrator. Within the division, the College of Business and Management was administered by a dean and department chairmen and directors oversaw the academic departments, institutes, and bureaus. The Academic Council of the division consisted of representatives from faculty, staff, and students; it was a part of the divisional system of governance. As a democratically elected body, the council initiated, acted on, and considered all matters of divisional concern. There were also various committees within the division; these included the executive, programs, curricula, courses, tenure, and other assorted committees.
The University of Maryland at College Park was again reorganized in 1986 and the five divisions were split into fourteen colleges; the divisions had been widely perceived as too large and bureaucratic in nature. Most of the original academic departments of the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences were retained except for the following: Bureau of Business and Economic Research, Bureau of Governmental Research, Information Systems Management, and Linguistics. These units have become part of other colleges at the College Park campus. The College of Business and Management also became a separate academic unit during this reorganization.
Scope and Contents of the Collection
The records of the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences cover the years 1962 to 1976 and consist of evaluations, correspondence, memoranda, reports, and reviews made for and by the Middle States Association for accreditation of the University of Maryland at College Park on a national level. Every ten years, the performance of the University of Maryland is reviewed by the Middle States Association. As part of this review, each division, college, and department provides a self-study report on service and research, examining its strengths and weaknesses, as well as presenting statistical information about enrollment and classes and faculty vitae for review by the Middle States evaluation team. These records primarily document the 1975 accreditation review.
Custodial History and Acquisition Information
The records of the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences were transferred to the University of Maryland at College Park Libraries by the division in 1986.
Processed by: Susan Anne Francis, December 1990.
All duplicates have been discarded. All metal paper clips and rubber bands have been removed and have been replaced by plastic clips. The materials have been placed into acid-free folders and boxes. Records relating to the College of Business and Public Administration were removed and added to the college's records already housed in the University of Maryland.
EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Dan Schwartz, April 2006.
Arrangement of Collection
This collection is organized as one series:
Detailed Description of the Collection
Series 1: Administrative Files, 1962-1976 (1.5 linear feet)
This series consists of correspondence, memoranda, evaluations, reports, and reviews documenting two visits by teams from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. The reports document the current state of each department and its future objectives and goals. Arrangement is alphabetical by subject.
|Description||Series||Box / Reel||Folder / Frame|
|Middle States Association -- Accreditation, 1962-1965||series 1||box 1||folder 1|
|Middle States Association -- Accreditation, 1962-1965||series 1||box 1||folder 2|
|Middle States Association -- Report, 1965-1966||series 1||box 1||folder 3|
|Middle States Evaluation -- Afro-American Studies Program, 1975||series 1||box 1||folder 4|
|Middle States Evaluation -- Anthropology, Dept. of, 1975||series 1||box 1||folder 5|
|Middle States Evaluation -- Behavioral and Social Sciences, Division of-Service Activities, 1975||series 1||box 1||folder 6|
|Middle States Evaluation -- Bureau of Business and Economic Research, 1975||series 1||box 1||folder 7|
|Middle States Evaluation -- Bureau of Governmental Research, 1975||series 1||box 1||folder 8|
|Middle States Evaluation -- Business and Management, College of, 1975||series 1||box 1||folder 9|
|Middle States Evaluation -- Criminal Justice and Criminology, Institute of, 1975||series 1||box 1||folder 10|
|Middle States Evaluation -- Economics, Dept of-Report, 1975||series 1||box 1||folder 11|
|Middle States Evaluation -- Geography, Dept. of-Report, 1965||series 1||box 1||folder 12|
|Middle States Evaluation -- Government and Politics, Dept. of, 1975||series 1||box 2||folder 1|
|Middle States Evaluation -- Hearing and Speech Sciences, Dept. of, 1975||series 1||box 2||folder 2|
|Middle States Evaluation -- Information Systems Management, dept. of, 1975||series 1||box 2||folder 3|
|Middle States Evaluation -- Institute for Urban Studies, 1975||series 1||box 2||folder 4|
|Middle States Evaluation -- Psychology, Dept. Faculty Vitae, 1975||series 1||box 2||folder 5|
|Middle States Evaluation -- Psychology, Dept. Faculty Vitae -- Research Reports, 1975||series 1||box 2||folder 6|
|Middle States Evaluation -- Psychology, Dept. Faculty Vitae -- Service Reports, 1975||series 1||box 2||folder 7|
|Middle States Evaluation -- Report For the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences, 1976||series 1||box 2||folder 8|
|Middle States Evaluation -- Sociology, Dept. of, 1975||series 1||box 3||folder 1|
|Middle States Evaluation -- Task Force on Service Report, 1975||series 1||box 3||folder 2|
|Middle States In-depth Report of the Department of Economics, 1965||series 1||box 3||folder 3|
|Middle States Reports, 1976||series 1||box 3||folder 4|
|Middle States Report-Division of Behavioral and Social Scienes, 1975||series 1||box 3||folder 5|
|Middle States Review, 1974-1976||series 1||box 3||folder 6|
|Middle States Review Report, Geography, Dept. of, 1975||series 1||box 3||folder 7|
Materials related to this collection may be found in the University Publications Collection of the Historical Manuscripts and Archives Department. They include annual reports, essays, committee reports, the original plan for the division's organization, and newsletters published by the division. Also related to this collection, are the records of the College of Business and Public Administration, which are also held in the Historical Manuscripts and Archives Department.
For other related archival and manuscript collections, please see the following subject guides.
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.
- Social sciences -- Study and teaching -- Maryland -- History -- Sources
- Universities and colleges -- Maryland -- Accreditation -- History -- Sources
- University of Maryland, College Park. -- Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences -- Archives.