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Augustana College Office of Academic Affairs records

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 42

Scope and Contents

The Augustana College Office of Academic Affairs records (1948-2015 and undated) has been arranged in the following series:

The Academic Policies and Programs records series (1948-2008 and undated) contains materials used for drafting and/or revising campus academic policies and programs. These items include various committees’ papers, class and college statistics, survey summaries, program proposals, correspondence regarding future academic plans for the college, and reports on academic programs and campus offices.

The Faculty Employment records series (1975-2017) contains Faculty Welfare Reports, tenure reviews, information about visiting foreign professors, Esther Rose A. Romarate and Mayamma Joseph, President’s Cabinet Binders, Faculty Newsletters, Faculty Retreat documents, New Faculty Reception records, grants, and salary information.

The Augustana College Faculty Handbook records series (1964-2000) contains copies of the faculty handbook from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, as well as documents used by Augustana faculty to draft the 2000 edition of the Faculty Handbook. Items include samples of other colleges’ and universities’ faculty handbooks, the Task Force committee’s meeting notes regarding revisions of the handbook, correspondence regarding the handbook, and revisions and drafts.

The Financial records series (1998-2005) contains budget statements, invoices, and correspondence relating to the creation and management of the college budget.

The Augustana College Board of Trustees series (1992-2007) contains Augustana College Board of Trustees binders from meetings, conferences, and retreats, and governing documents of the college used as references for the college’s constitution and bylaws by the Office of Academic Affairs.

The North Central Association Accreditation records series (1964-2006 and undated) ontains the materials compiled for the five Self-Study reports prepared by Augustana College for the NCA reviewers in 1964, 1975, 1985, 1995, and 2006.

The Church Relatedness series (1975-1997 and undated) contians articles and studies relating to the relationship of the Lutheran Church and the liberal arts.

The Lilly Faculty Seminar: Faith and Values series (1959-1962) contains faculty papers discussing the relationship between various disiplines, the liberal arts, and faith.

The addition of 2014 (1984-2013) includes proceedings of the Celebration of Learning, a General Education Committee notebook, Lily Endowment grant papers, and other loose papers and ephemera.

The addition of 2015 (2008-2011) contains records related to Convocation and the Humanities Fund.

The addition of 2016 (1963-2015) contains North Central Association planning documents, faculty handbook drafts, reports related to the Augustana curriculum, and the Office of Academic Affairs' file on Thomas Tredway, seventh president of Augustana College.

The addition of 2017 (1949-2004) contains accreditation reports, policies and procedures manuals, committee reports, attrition reports and dropout lists, student surveys, and information on the establishment of the Foundations program.

Dates

  • 1948-2017 and undated

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Portions of the Faculty Employment records series (boxes 40 and 45) and the addition of 2017 (box 59) closed to researchers 75 years from the date of creation.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from Augustana College Special Collections and the copyright holder.

Historical Note

The Office of Academic Affairs and its predecessors, including the Office of the Dean, have overseen the following functions at Augustana College: ortganizing faculty development, assessing the Augustana College curriculum, managing accreditation, establishing the budget, coordinating the general education curriculum, academic advising, and linking to the faculty governance structure at the College.

The Office As of 2014, the office comprised the Augustana College deans, the Director of Advising, the Registrar, the Director of International Programs, the Director of the Augustana Center for Teaching and Learning, the Directors of Honors/Logos and Foundations, and the Grants Officer in the Sciences.

In 1959, Augustana College was granted an endowment from the Lilly Foundation in order to strengthen religion and values in schools. From 1959 to 1962, ten professors were chosen each year to write, present, and discuss a research paper on the role of a Christian teacher in his or her department.

Extent

22.4 Cubic Feet (/ 59 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The Office of Academic Affairs and its predecessors, including the Office of the Dean, have overseen the following functions at Augustana College: ortganizing faculty development, assessing the Augustana College curriculum, managing accreditation, establishing the budget, coordinating the general education curriculum, academic advising, and linking to the faculty governance structure at the College. The Augustana College Office of Academic Affairs records, 1948-2017 and undated, contains records related to academic policies and programs, faculty employment, campus governance, the Board of Trustees, accreditation by the North Central Association, and academic affairs initiatives, such as the Lilly Faculty Seminar and Church Relatedness.

Arrangement

The materials in the first five series of the collection are arranged by topic, then chronologically within each topic. Materials from the 2006 NCA review within the North Central Association Accreditation records series have been kept in original order, as they were arranged in the “resource room” for the use of the NCA reviewers. The materials in the Lilly Endowment Foundation series are arranged alphabetically by author's last name. Additions of 2014, 2015, and 2016 are arranged alphabetically.

Custodial History

This collection was created in 2010-2011 by combining two existing manuscript collections in Special Collections, MSS 42 Augustana College Office of the Dean/Office of Academic Affairs and MSS 185 Augustana College Academic Affairs. Materials assembled to create Augustana College’s self-study for the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools were also added in 2010. These had originally been stored in Room 210 in the Franklin W. Olin Center for Educational Technology as a “Resource Room” for the NCA reviewers. Some materials were removed by the contributing departments before the assembled collection was released to Special Collections. In 2011, the Self-Study Reports prepared for the NCA from 1964, 1975, and 1985 were separated from MSS 287 Self-Study Report of Augustana records and combined with the North Central Association Accreditation records series in this collection. In 2012, copies of the Faculty Handbook were removed from the section of books waiting to be cataloged and added to the Faculty Handbook records series. In 2013, items were added from Jeff Abernathy's time as Dean of the college as well as items separated from Special Collections' book collections concerning the Lilly Endowment Foundation.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received in multiple accessions from Office of Academic Affairs staff.

Accruals

Special Collections stopped adding faculty newsletters to the faculty employment records series in May 2017. Newsletters from 2005 to the present can be accessed online in Augustana Digital Commons at http://digitalcommons.augustana.edu/facultynewsletter/

Related Materials

Augustana College (Rock Island, Ill.). Institutional Snapshot: Institutional Data in Support of a Continuing Accreditation Visit by the Higher Learning Commission, March 12-15, 2006. Augustana College (Rock Island, Ill.). Tradition and Support: A Self Study Conducted in Support of a Continuing Accreditation Visit by the Higher Learning Commission, March 12-15, 2006.

Processing Information

Processed by Kelsey O'Connell, 2011. Updated by Julia G. Westblade, 2013, and Samantha Crisp, January 2017.
Title
Augustana College Office of Academic Affairs records, 1948-2017 and undated.
Status
Completed
Author
Samantha Crisp
Date
June 2015
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Undetermined
Script of description
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Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Augustana College Special Collections Repository

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