University Committee on Academic Policy Records
UA.14.6.3

Summary Information

Repository
Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator
Michigan State University. Academic Freedom Report.
Creator
Michigan State University. Council to Review Undergraduate Education.
Creator
Michigan State University. Tuition Policy.
Creator
Michigan State University. University College.
Creator -
St. Clair, Charles R.
Title
University Committee on Academic Policy records
ID
UA.14.6.3
Date [inclusive]
1963-1983
Extent
4.0 Cubic feet
Language
English

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan."

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Historical Note

The UCAP was established in 1959 as the Educational Policies Committee (EPC) by recommendation of the Committee on the Future of the University. Individual colleges recommended names of potential members which were then approved by the Committee on Committees and forwarded to the President for final approval. The Educational Policies Committee considered broad educational issues affecting the University and represented the faculty in advising the Provost. In 1963, this committee was designated one of eight faculty standing committees and its responsibility shifted from directly advising the Provost to directly advising the Academic Council (and indirectly the Provost.) In 1967, its specific responsibility was identified as examining, evaluating, and recommending policies on methods of instruction, facilities and support for research, and curriculum including establishment or dissolution of departments and divisions. Between 1966 and 1975 the Committee took on increasing responsibility for shaping educational policy in conjunction with the needs of students. It was during this time that the committee expanded to included student representation. In 1972, the EPC again resumed its role of directly advising the Provost as a result of a dispute surrounding the authority and role of the EPC and the faculty in creating new colleges at MSU. The name was changed to the University Committee on Academic Policy in 1975. The new committee expanded its responsibilities to include an interest in General Education Requirements, Recruitment, Admissions, and Retention; Student Instructional Rating System; Grading Policy; Minimum Academic Progress Scale; and University Requirements.

The EPC/UCAP has been instrumental in the formation of University policy since its inception in 1959. The committee recommended the establishment of the residential colleges, Justin Morrill College, Lyman Briggs College, and James Madison College. The committee also began the Student Instructional Rating System (SIRS) to review faculty performance. During the 1960s, EPC was closely involved with formulating MSU's Academic Freedom Report and the Faculty Code of Teaching Responsibility. UCAP's involvement with general education issues has been continuous, including both the Council on Undergraduate Education (1960s) and the Council to Review Undergraduate Education (1980s). One direct precursor of these projects was the Educational Development Project (EDP) which began in the early 1960s. EDP was concerned with university-wide evaluation, restructuring and redefining. UCAP has investigated and reviewed grading procedures such as Credit/No Credit, Drops and Adds, and the Minimum Academic Progress Scale (MAPS). It also reviews course and curricula degree requirements. Serving as an advisor to the Provost, UCAP has also considered tuition and fee assessment, admissions and future planning policies.

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Scope and Contents note

The records of the Educational Policy Committee/ University Committee on Academic Policy include official indexed minutes kept by the Office of the Provost and supplemented by records kept by various committee members, especially Charles St. Clair. Committee minutes date from 1960. Reports and other back-up documents cover the years 1960 to 1974. The records reflect the wide range of important University academic policies considered by this committee. The records provide good documentation of the development of significant reports and programs including the Student Instructional Rating System (SIRS), summer term, Faculty Awards policies, the first Committee on Undergraduate Education (CUE), and the 1965 Academic Freedom Report. UCAP was also instrumental in the development of semi-autonomous colleges such as James Madison and Lyman Briggs; records documenting the origins of these programs are included in this collection.

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Series Description

MINUTES AND MEMBERS (1960-1983)

Minutes of the UCAP, with Provost's Index (1960-1964); final reports of UCAP members; 1959 mission statements of the committee; and personal papers of committee members.

COLLEGE DEVELOPMENT (1962-1974)

Information and debate about the development of semi-autonomous colleges within the University structure, and the development of residential-academic halls. Includes proposals for the School of Music, University College, a Law School, and the Urban Affairs Program.

GRADING (1964-1974)

Minutes and correspondence of the Sub-committee on Grading. Includes records of various issues before the sub-committee relating to Grading policies and methods.

FACULTY EVALUATION ISSUES (1961-1975)

Correspondence relating to issues concerning the Faculty, and folders on special topics. The majority of the records concern evaluation of faculty performance through student reviews and faculty awards. Also includes information on the Code of Teaching Responsibility, sabbatical leaves, teaching assistants, and policy about faculty earning degrees at MSU while teaching there.

COURSE AND CURRICULA REVIEW (1959-1974)

Correspondence, reports, and working papers. Topics include the Two-year Agricultural Technology Program, foreign language requirements, credits required to graduate, deletion of the physical education requirement, standards for class size, and interdepartmental courses and disciplines. There is also information concerning a system of transferring course credits between colleges and universities in Michigan. Series is arranged chronologically.

EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECT (1961-1974)

Committee minutes, reports and working papers arranged chronologically, 1961-1968. Also contains a sub-series on general education reviews and policy statements.

SUBJECT FILES (1961-1974)

Statements of policy and reports on issues including Academic Advising, the use of hand held calculators, the Committee of Sixteen, the functions of Department Chairpersons, the Graduate Council, Reserve Officer Training Corps, the State News, Student Academic Governance, and the MSU television station. Series arranged alphabetically by folder title.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824
517-355-2330
archives@msu.edu

Revision Description

  July 2015

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Box 4, Folder 67 "Summer School" is restricted access.

Legal Status note

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Michigan State University. Educational Policies Committee.
  • Michigan State University. Policies and Procedures.

Personal Name(s)

  • St. Clair, Charles R., Jr.

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Collection Inventory

Minutes and members 

Box Folder

Index to Provost's Minutes 1960-1964 

1046 1

Minutes 

Box Folder

 November 4, 1959 - June 30, 1960 

1046 2

 September - December 1960 

1046 3

 January 1961 - June 1961 

1046 4

 October - December 1961 

1046 5

 January 1962 - January 1963 

1046 6

 February 1963 - June 1964 

1046 7

 October 1964 - June 1966 

1046 8

 October 1966 - June 1967 

1046 9

 September 1968 - July 1970 

1046 10

 October 1970 - June 1973 

1047 1

 September 1973 - May 1978 

1047 2

 1975-1976 

1047 3

 1976-1977 

1047 4

 1977-1978 

1047 5

 1978-1979 

1047 6

 1979-1980 

1047 7

 1980-1981 

1047 8

 1981-1982 

1047 9

 1982-1983 

1047 10

 January 11, 1961 

1047 11

 October 26, 1961 

1047 12

 January 18, 1962 

1047 13

 February 2, 1962 

1047 14

 April 5, 1963 

1047 15

 April 25, 1963 

1047 16

 May 2, 1963 

1047 17

 September 5, 1963 

1047 18

 September 21, 1963 

1047 19

 September 23, 1963 

1047 20

 September 27, 1963 

1047 21

 March 10, 1966 

1047 22

 April 28, 1966 

1047 23

 May 5, 1966 

1047 24

 May 5, 1966 

1047 25

 January 17, 1967 

1047 26
Box Folder

Agenda March 6, 1969 

1047 27

Notes April 3, 1969 

1047 28

Summary April 4, 1969 

1047 29

Minutes July 28, 1970 

1047 30

Minutes September 25, 1970 

1047 31

Summary October 1, 1970 

1047 32

Minutes May 20, 1971 

1047 33

Purposes and Responsibilities 1959-1966 

1047 34

Outgoing Members Reports 1965-1969 

1047 35

Membership Lists 1963-1974 

1047 36

Arata, Dorothy. Personal Papers December 1967 - January 1968 

1047 37

Arata, Dorothy. Personal Papers March 1968 - June 1968 

1047 38

Boylan, Miles G. Personal Papers 1960-1967 

1047 39

Brown, Roger. Personal Papers 1966 

1047 40

Dietrick, John. Personal Papers 1963-1971 

1047 41

Gibson, Duane L. Personal Papers 1960-1962 

1047 42

Hazard, John L. Personal Papers 1961-1963 

1047 43

Ishing, Iwao. Committee Correspondence 1967-1968 

1047 44

Ishing, Iwao. Committee Correspondence 1969 

1047 45

Ishing, Iwao. Personal Papers 1967-1969 

1047 46

Kinsinger, Jack. Committee Correspondence December 1966 - May 1967 

1047 47

Kinsinger, Jack. Committee Correspondence June 1967 - December 1967 

1047 48

Manderscheid, Lester V. Committee Correspondence December 1971 - 1972 

1047 49

Manderscheid, Lester V. Committee Correspondence 1973 

1047 50

Neville, Howard. Personal Papers 1964 

1047 51

Parker, Floyd G. Personal Papers 1968 

1047 52

St. Clair, Charles. Personal Papers 1964-1965 

1047 53

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College Development 

Box Folder

College Development. General Information 1962-1968 

1047 54

Documentary Materials Relative to Justin Morrill College and Lyman Briggs College 1961-1966 

1047 55

Proposals for Liberal Arts College 1961 

1047 56

Proposals for Liberal Arts College 1961-1967 

1047 57

Justin Morrill College 1964- October 1965 

1047 58

Justin Morrill College November 1965 - April 1966 

1047 59

Justin Morrill College September 1966 - June 1967 

1047 60

Justin Morrill College 1968-1977 

1047 61

Lyman Briggs College 1966-1967 

1047 62

James Madison College 1967-1968 

1047 63

Honors College 1963-1970 

1047 64

Honors College 1971-1975 

1047 65

Law School Proposals 1966-1970 

1047 66

School of Music Proposal 1962 

1047 67

Nursing 1970 

1047 68

Residential College Studies 1961-1962 

1048 1

Residential College Studies 1970-1971 

1048 2

University College 1961-1964 

1048 3

University College 1965-1971 

1048 4

University College, Transferring Out of 1969 

1048 5

Urban Development, College of Working Papers 1969-1972 

1048 6

Urban Development, College of April 1972 

1048 7

Urban Development, College of March 1972 

1048 8

Urban Development, College of April 1972 

1048 9
Box

Urban Development, College of May - August 1972 

1048
Box Folder

Urban Development, College of, Clippings 1969 

1048 11

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Grading 

Subcommittee on Grading 

Minutes 

Box Folder

 June 8, 1966 

1048 12

 June 27, 1966 

1048 13

 July 20, 1966 

1048 14

 July 28, 1966 

1048 15

 August 5, 1966 

1048 16

 August 17, 1966 

1048 17

 September 21, 1966 

1048 18

 October 3, 1966 

1048 19

 October 12, 1966 

1048 20

 October 14, 1966 

1048 21

 October 8, 1966 

1048 22

 January 5, 1967 

1048 23

 January 13, 1967 

1048 24

 January 23, 1967 

1048 25

 February 6, 1967 

1048 26

 February 13, 1967 

1048 27

 April 22, 1967 

1048 28
Box Folder

Members 1967 

1048 29

Correspondence 1964-1966 

1048 30

Correspondence 1967 

1048 31

Correspondence 1968-1971 

1048 32

Reports 

Box Folder

 undated, 1964, 1966 

1048 33

 January - February 1967 

1048 34

 March - June 1967 

1048 35

 July - December 1967 

1048 36

 January 1968 

1048 37

 February - October 1968 

1048 38

 1969-1974 

1048 39
Box Folder

Non-committee generated reports on grading 

1048 40-42

Class Attendance Policy 1968 

1048 43

Credit by Examination 1964-1972 

1048 44

Credit - No Credit Grading 1967-1973 

1048 45

Dropping & Adding Courses, Report May 1967 

1048 46

Dropping & Adding Courses June 1967 - 1969 

1048 47

Graduate Grading 1967-1969 

1048 48

Health, Physical Education and Recreation Grading 1963-1968 

1048 49

Incomplete Grades 1969 

1048 50

Minimum Academic Progress Scale (MAPS) 1969-1973 

1048 51

Proposed Revision of Grading System at MSU January 18, 1968 

1049 71

The Revised Grading System at MSU report 1968 

1048 76

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Faculty Evaluation Issues 

Box Folder

Time table for declaring Grades 1966 

1048 52

Faculty Issues 

Box Folder

 1961 - March 1964 

1048 53

 April 1964 

1048 54

 July 1966 - March 1967 

1048 55

 June 1967 - January 1968 

1048 56

 1969 

1048 57

 1970-1975 

1048 58

Faculty Awards Development 

Box Folder

 1962-1967 

1048 59

 January 1968 

1048 60

 February 1968 

1048 61

 March 1968 

1048 62

 October 1968 

1048 63

Student Instructional Rating System (SIRS) Development 

Box Folder

 1962 - June 1964 

1048 64

 October 1964 - 1966 

1048 65

 1969 

1048 66

 1970 - Circa 1973 

1048 67
Box Folder

Teaching Assistant Use 1964-1967 

1048 68

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Course and Curricula Review 

Course and Curricula Review 

Box Folder

 Circa 1959 - 1962 

1048 69

 January - February 1963 

1048 70

 April - December 1963 

1048 71

 1964-1965 

1048 73

 1966-1967 

1048 74

 1968 

1048 75

 1969-1970 

1049 1

 1971 

1049 2

 1972-1974 

1049 3
Box Folder

Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers 1971-1972 

1049 4

Summer School 1961 

1049 5

Summer School 1962-1967 

1049 6

Summer School 1968-1970 

1049 7

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Educational Development Project 

Box Folder

Minutes 1963 

1049 8

Working Papers 1961-1962 

1049 9

Working Papers January - March 1963 

1049 10

Working Papers April - September 1963 

1049 11

"The Michigan State University Educational Development Program" October 1963 

1049 12

Educational Development Project, Working Papers 1963 

1049 13

Educational Development Project October 1963 - March 1964 

1049 14

"Educational Development Program Report" 1966-1968 

1049 15

General Education Reviews 

Box Folder

 Circa 1959 - 1962 

1049 16

 1964 

1049 17

 1965 

1049 18

 1966 

1049 19

 1967 

1049 20

 1968 

1049 21

 1969 

1049 22

 January - May 1970 

1049 23

 June - August 1970 

1049 24

 October - December 1970 

1049 25

 1971 

1049 26

 1972 

1049 28
Box Folder

Routing of General Education Proposals Circa 1971 

1049 29

Advisory Group for General Education 1973-1974 

1049 30

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Subject Files 

Academic Advising 

Box Folder

 1965 

1049 31

 1966 

1049 32

 1972-1974 

1049 33

Academic Freedom Report 

Box Folder

 1965-1966 

1049 34

 September - October 1966 

1049 35

 November 1, 1966 - November 15, 1966 

1049 36

 November 15, 1966 - November 30, 1966 

1049 37

 December 1966 

1049 39

 1967 

1049 40

 1968-1970 

1049 41
Box Folder

"The Academic President: Educator or Caretaker?" 1962 

1049 42

Administration, Policies and Priorities Sub-committee 1964, 1970 

1049 43

Admissions, Subcommittee 1970 

1049 44

Alcohol Regulation 1969 

1049 45

Calculator Use Policy 1974 

1049 46

Cheating Policy Committee 1961 

1049 47

Civil Rights: Committee of Sixteen 1968 

1049 48

Commercial Note taking Policy 1971 

1049 49

Dean Selection Process 

1049 50

Department Chair, Committee on the Role of the 1967-1969 

1049 51

Graduate Council 1962-1967 

1049 52

Graduate Council 1968-1971 

1049 53

Husband and Wife Research Teams 1962 

1049 54

Reserve Officer Training Corp. 

Box Folder

 1962-1968 

1049 55

 1969 

1049 56

 1970 

1049 57

Report, Defense Department, U.S. Government Circa 1970 

1049 58

 1971-1972 

1049 59
Box Folder

Residency Requirement 1973-1974 

1049 60

Revised Academic Plan 1969-1972 

1049 61

University of California, Berkeley 1970 

1049 61

The State News 1966 

1049 62

Student Participation in Academic Government 1969 

1049 63

Textbook Ordering Policies 1972 

1049 64

Tuition and Fee Assessments 1966-1971 

1049 65

WMSB, Sale of 1970 

1049 66

Summer School (Folder Restricted) 1968 

1049 67

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Box Folder

Entrance and Graduation Requirements 1989 

1049 68

Memoranda - Replacement of "Minimum Academic Progress" scale with "Academic Standing of Students" 1989 

1049 69

Survey on Evaluation and Rewards of Teaching 1991 

1049 70

Annual Reports 

Box

Unpublished 

Annual Reports

1960-1961 

1962-1963 

1963-1964 

1965 

1966 

1968 

1969 

1970 

1971 

1972-1973 

1974 

1974-1975 

1986 

1986-1987 

 1987-1988 

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