University Graduate Council Records
UA.14.8

Summary Information

Repository
Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator
Michigan State University. Graduate Council.
Title
Graduate Council records
ID
UA.14.8
Date [inclusive]
1892-1987
Extent
2.0 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

Michigan State University has been empowered to grant graduate degrees since 1861. As was common at schools during that period, requirements for the degrees were vague. Generally, three years of practical experience and “serious scientific study” would earn an applicant a Masters of Science in Agriculture degree. As a result, almost one out of every three graduates obtained M.S. degrees three years after graduating. In 1879 the faculty began to change the requirements. First, two years of study and a written thesis became the criteria. In 1881 the requirements were made even more specific: One year of study at the college, a written thesis and a final examination. The Committee of the M.S. Degree was responsible for all graduate education. The Committee reviewed applicants, approved theses, considered waiver requests, and granted degrees.

On April 17, 1908, due to the granting of professional engineering degrees, the committee’s name was changed to the Committee on Advanced Degrees. The duties of the members were the same, though the committee was also responsible for administering a new element of graduate education – assistantships. During the 1920s the committee finalized the criteria for granting doctoral degrees, the first of which was granted in 1925.

In response to the growing number of students, the graduate program was revised in 1929. A dean of the Graduate School was appointed, a Graduate Faculty was established, and the Committee on Advanced Degrees became the Graduate Council. Responsibility for administering the graduate programs was given jointly to the Dean and the Graduate Council.

During the 1950s, the graduate program was again revised. The responsibility for administering masters level degrees was taken from the Graduate Council and given to the individual colleges. The Graduate School and the Graduate Council were charged with the central planning, program implementation, and degree approval at the doctoral level. The names were changed to the School for Advanced Graduate Studies and the University Graduate Council. The relationship between the Dean and the Council remained the same.

The role of the University Graduate Council has changed little since then, though its position has. In 1957, the Council had status equal to the Academic Council and reported directly to the Provost. In 1972 its reporting lines were routed through the Academic Council, though it technically still had equal status. The Graduate Council became a standing committee of the Academic Council in 1978.

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Scope and Contents note

INDEX TO MEETING MINUTES. 1917-1981. 1 folder.

The Index provides topical access, by date of meeting, to the University Graduate Council Minutes. In addition, many of the volumes also contain indexes.

MEETING MINUTES. 1892-1981. 2 cubic feet

The Meeting Minutes present the activity of the University Graduate Council. The Council reviews upper graduate level policy, programs and votes on waiver requests. As such, the minutes provide a history of the graduate programs at MSU at the master and doctoral levels until 1955 and doctoral level after 1955. Also contained are requests for establishing a number of doctoral programs at MSU. Arranged chronologically.

INDEX TO CORRESPONDENCE. 1896. 1 volume

Index to undiscovered correspondence. The index provides the names of degree recipients and the years they graduated.

REPORTS. 1950, 1960, 1971, 1973. 1 folder.

Four editions of “Graduate Students’ Rights and Responsibilities.” The pamphlets were prepared by the University Graduate Council and govern graduate students at MSU. Arranged chronologically.

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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

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

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.

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Collection Inventory

Index to Meeting Minutes 1917-1981 

Box
362
Folder
1

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Meeting Minutes 

Box
361
Box
362
Box Volume

 1892-1902 

361 1

 1903-1914 

361 2

 1915 

361 3

 1915-1917 

361 4

 1917-1921 

361 5

 1922-1925 

361 6

 1926-1928 

361 7

 1928-1930 

361 8

 1930-1931 

361 9

 1931-1932 

361 10

 1932-1933 

361 11

 1933-1934 

361 12

 1934-1935 

361 13

 1935-1936 

361 14

 1936-1937 

361 15

 1937-1938 

Box
361
Volume
16

 1938-1939 

361 17

 1939-1940 

361 18

 1940-1941 

362 19

 1941-1942 

362 20

 1942-1943 

362 21

 1943-1944 

362 22

 1944-1950 

362 23

 1950-1955 

362 24

 1955-1957 

362 25
Box Folder

(Minutes not in volume) 1949-1957 

362 2

 1958 

362 3

 1958-1959 

362 4

 1959-1960 

362 5

 1960-1961 

362 6

 1961-1962 

362 7

 1962-1963 

362 8

 1963-1964 

362 9

 1964-1965 

362 10

 1965-1966 

362 11

 1966-1967 

362 12

 1967-1968 

362 13

 1968-1969 

362 14

 1969-1970 

362 15

 1970-1971 

362 16

 1971-1972 

362 17

 1972-1973 

362 18

 1973-1974 

362 19

 1974-1975 

362 20

 1975-1976 

362 21

 1976-1977 

362 22

 1977-1978 

362 23

 1978-1979 

362 24

 1979-1980 

362 25

 1980-1981 

362 26
Drawer Folder

 1982-1985 

F.D. 1

 1986-1989 

F.D. 2

 1990-1992 

F.D. 3

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Volume

Index to Correspondence [title on volume - "Records of Committee on M. S. Degree, 1896"] 1896 

26

Reports: Graduate Student Rights and Responsibilities 1950, 1960, 1971, 1973  

Box
362
Folder
27

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Glassblowing, Fabrication and Rapair Facilities. 

362 28

Committees 

Box Folder

Purchasing and Stores Committee Memos. 

362 29

Purchasing and Stores Committee 

362 30

Annual Reports 

Box

Unpublished 

Annual Reports

1986 

1986-1987 

 1987-1988 

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