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Committee on Undergraduate Women's Education records


Committee on Undergraduate Women's Education records
Undergraduate Women's Education, Committee on
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0.50 linear feet (67 items)
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University of Maryland
Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries, Hornbake Library, College Park, MD 20742. Tel: 301-405-9212, Fax: 301-314-2709, Email:

Chaired by Dr. Sandra Greer, the Committee on Undergraduate Women's Education consisted of senior University of Maryland administrators and faculty. Committe members were charged with evaluating the feasibility of recommendations included in the report "The Education of Women Students at the University of Maryland College Park: Issues and Opportunities." They were also responsible for determining implementation strategies for these recommendations. This record group consists of materials gathered in the course of or generated by the workings of the committee, most importantly the final report, "Making a Difference for Women: Report of the Committee on Undergraduate Women's Education," more commonly known as the "Greer Report."

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Historical Note

The Committee on Undergraduate Women's Education was established to "determine the feasibility of and a strategy for implementing the recommendations" in the report, "The Education of Women Students at the University of Maryland College Park: Issues and Opportunities." This report was submtted by the Subcommittee on Women's Education of the Chancellor's Commission on Women's Affairs in March 1987. These recommendations included improving the classroom climate for women, changing the curriculum to reflect women's accomplishments, and encouraging women to enter male-dominated fields. Chancellor John Slaughter appointed the committee composed of 10 senior faculty members and administrators chaired by Dr. Sandra Greer.

The result was the report, "Making a Difference for Women," on April 25, 1988. This implementation document recommended summer workshops for curriculum enrichment, salary parity for women professors, and increased staffing for Women's Studies along with other specific actions aimed at promoting equality in education.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The records of the Committee on Undergraduate Women's Education span the years 1982 to 1989. The bulk of the materials covers 1988. They include correspondence, memos, reports, articles, newspaper clippings, course descriptions, and news releases relating to the preparation of the report and its reception by the academic community.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The records of the Committee on Undergraduate Women's Education were transferred to the University of Maryland College Park Libraries in 1989.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Guide created by Gretchen K. Youngerman, July 1989.

Processing note:

Four series were created from the records of the Committee on Undergraduate Women's Education. Reports bound by staples and metal clasps were removed from the original binding. All materials were placed in acid?free folders and boxes. All paper clips were replaced by plastic clips.

Encoded by:

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 four series:

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Correspondence, 1987-1988 (0.25 linear inches)

This series consists of correspondence between committee members and university officials, arranged chronologically. Topics include appointment of committee members and the Women's Studies department.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Correspondence, 1987-1988 series 1box 1folder 1

Series 2: Research Materials, 1982-1987 and undated (1.0 linear inch)

Series II consists of research materials and other supporting documents used to formulate the recommendations, such as journal articles, monograph chapters, reports, and course descriptions. Some are undated. Arrangement is alphabetical by title.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Research Materials, A - K, 1982-1989 series 2box 1folder 2
Research Materials, L - Z, 1982-1989 series 2box 1folder 3

Series 3: "Greer Report", 1988 (0.25 linear inches)

Series III includes the final report, "Making a Difference for Women", dated April 25, 1988, colloquially known as the "Greer Report" after the committee's chairperson, Dr. Sandra Greer.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
"Greer Report", 1988 series 3box 1folder 4

Series 4: Newspaper Clippings, 1988-1989 (1 linear inch)

This series includes newspaper articles written in response to the report. The newspapers include three university publications, one from Baltimore, one from Washington, and a national periodical devoted to higher education. The clippings are arranged alphabetically by name of newspaper, then chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Newspaper Clippings, 1988-1989 series 4box 1folder 5

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