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Columbia College records, 1875-2015, bulk 1969-1987

Series III. Faculty, 1894-2019

This series is divided into (2) subseries: Subseries III.1 Committee on Instruction (COI), 1908-2019 and Subseries III.2 Faculty Committee Files, 1936-1979.

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III.1. Committee on Instruction (COI), 1908-2019

Subseries III.1 Committee on Instruction (COI), 1908-2019, bulk dates: 1930-1979 is arranged overall in alphabetical order in (3) broad subject groupings: (1) Budgets (1960-1988), (2) Curriculum Review (1975-1989) and (3) Meeting Minutes (1908-1931, 1974-1976; 1979-1988). Under these three comprehensive categories, the folders within the series are organized overall in chronological order. Please note that additional Committee on Instruction (COI) materials are located in Series I and Series IV.

In March of 1900, the Committee on Instruction (COI) was organized by Seth Low (President, 1890-1901) and consisted of Barnard and Columbia administrative and faculty members. In the beginning, in addition to overseeing the departments and their courses, the faculty discussed primarily students with entrance conditions and deficiencies. Later COI meetings addressed a variety of other educational issues. (Committee on Instruction, 1900-2017; Barnard College Archives and Special Collections, Barnard Library, Barnard College: 3)

The COI is chaired by the Associate Provost. In addition to the chair, the committee consists of two faculty members from each of the four faculty voting groups: the Dean of the College, the Dean of Students, and the Registrar. The Dean of Library and Information Services and a representative from Development also attend. A maximum of four students sit on the COI at any one time: the Academic Affairs Representative, who is elected by the members of the SGA for a one year term, and three appointed students, who serve two-year terms. (Id.at 4)

The Committee on Instruction Minutes, in turn, provide an account of the interactions, goals and purpose of Columbia College's Committee on Instruction. This collection enables access to a variety of information on students enrolled in Columbia College (1908-1989). The minutes of the Committee of Instruction provides access to resolutions passed by the committee, and information on the monitoring of student activity, such as students who had not registered and students who were placed on academic probation. Included in the minutes are copies of letters sent to students regarding their academic probation and reports from professors on course information.



Box 30 Minutes, 1908 January-1916 July

8 folders



Box 31 Minutes, 1916 September-1931 May

5 folders



Box 113 Minutes, 1931-1945

3 folders



Box 114 Meeting Materials (adgenda; minutes, supporting documents), 1989-2010

Digital files only.



Box 32 Budget, 1968-1977


Box 32 Departmental--General, 1962-1970


Box 32 Afro-American Civilizatons, 1968


Box 32 Anthropology, 1960-1967


Box 32 Economics, 1961-1969


Box 32 Geography, 1961-1967


Box 32 History, 1961-1969


Box 32 Oriental Civilizations, 1961-1963


Box 32 Philosophy, 1961-1968


Box 32 Political Science [formerly Government], 1961-1969


Box 32 Psychology, 1961-1970


Box 32 Sociology, 1961-1968


General


Box 32 Curriculum, 1962-1969


Box 32 General--encompassing Contemporary Civilization (CC-A/CC-B) ["A" refers to freshmen year], 1950-1968


Box 32 Miscellaneous, 1967-1969


Box 32 Organization, 1961-1971


Box 32 Registration, 1961-1969


Box 32 Reports, 1969


Box 32 Statistics, 1961-1968


Box 32 Inquiries, 1960-1971


Box 32 Curriculum--Review, 1976-2011


Box 32 Reports, 1978-1979



Box 114 Curriculum Review Files (PDF), 1991-2011

Digital files only



Box 33 Budgets--Instructional


Box 33 Anthropology--Economics, 1971-1972

2 folders


Box 33 English--Mathematics, 1971-1972

4 folders


Box 33 General, 1971-1972

5 folders


Box 33 General Studies Administration--Instructional, 1971-1972

2 folders


Box 33 Mathematical Statistics--Sociology, 1971-1972

4 folders


Box 33 Anthropology--English, 1972-1973

2 folders


Box 33 French-Music, 1972-1973

4 folders


Box 33 Philosophy--Statistics, 1972-1973

2 folders



Box 34 Meeting Minutes, 1974-1976

9 folders


Curriculum Review


Box 34 Anthropology to Humanities, 1975-1976

3 folders


Box 34 Italian to Urban Studies, 1975-1976

3 folders


Box 34 Ancient Studies to Urban Studies, 1978-1979

6 folders


Box 34 Preliminary Planning Allocations for 1976-1977, 1971



Box 35 Correlated Files--Course Numbering, 1969-1971


Box 35 Degree Requirements and Point System, 1948-1978


Box 35 Graduate Credit, 1959-1972


Box 35 Junior Year Abroad, 1965-1970


Box 35 Math-Science Requirement, 1970-1977


Box 35 Science Requirement, 1948-1974

2 folders


Box 35 New Science Requirement, 1970-1971


Box 35 Seminars, 1950-1962



Box 36 Budgets--Music to Spanish, 1979-1980

4 folders


Box 36 Meeting Minutes, 1979-1980

6 folders


Box 36 Curriculum Review Books 1 and 2--Ancient Studies to Urban Studies, 1979-1982

6 folders



Box 37 Budgets, 1979-1982


Box 37 Anthropology to Spanish, 1980-1981

16 folders


Box 37 Meeting Minutes, 1980-1981

6 folders



Box 38 Correspondence, 1977-1989

3 folders


Box 38 Departments--Anthropology--Urban Studies, 1980

7 folders


Faculty


Box 38 Affairs--Departmental Representation--General, 1968-1985


Box 38 Appointments, 1984-1985

2 folders


Box 38 Miscellaneous, 1971-1984


Box 38 The Glascock Intercollegiate Poetry Contest, 1986

3 folders



Box 39 Committee on Educational Policy, 1969-1970

3 folders


Box 39 Meeting Minutes, 1978-1982

2 folders



Box 40 Meeting Minutes, 1981-1982

8 folders


Box 40 Budget--General, 1981-1982

3 folders


Box 40 Anthropology to Spanish, 1981-1982

12 folders



Box 41 Budget--General, 1982-1983

4 folders


Box 41 Physics to Spanish, 1982-1983

4 folders


Curriculum Review


Box 41 Anthropology to Film, 1982-1983

2 folders


Box 41 French to History of Science, 1982-1983

2 folders


Box 41 Italian to Urban Studies, 1982-1983

3 folders


Box 41 Meeting Minutes, 1982-1983

6 folders



Box 97 Meeting Minutes, 1983-1984

9 folders


Curriculum Review


Box 97 Anthropology to Urban Studies, 1983-1984

6 folders


Box 97 Budget--General, 1983-1984


Box 97 Anthropology to Economics, 1983-1984

3 folders


Box 97 English to Middle East Languages and Cultures, 1983-1984

3 folders


Box 97 Music to Spanish, 1983-1984



Box 42 Budget--General, 1984-1985

2 folders


Box 42 Anthropology to Urban Studies, 1984-1985

4 folders


Box 42 Meeting Minutes, 1984-1985

11 folders


Curriculum Review


Box 42 Architecture to Urban Studies, 1984-1985

8 folders



Box 43 Meeting Minutes, 1985-1986

11 folders


Curriculum Review


Box 43 Curriculum Review--Letter to Sociology, 1985-1986

7 folders



Box 44 Meeting Minutes, 1986-1988

19 folders


Box 44 Subcommittee on Institutional Budgeting (SIB), 1986-1987

2 folders


Box 44 Temporary Committee on Admission and Financial Aid Committee, 1988-1989



Box 45 Curriculum Review


Box 45 Anthropology to Women's Studies, 1986-1987

9 folders


Box 45 Anthropology to Statistics, 1987-1988

8 folders


Box 45 Anthropology to Statistics, 1988-1989

9 folders



Box Electronic folder Meeting Minutes, 1995-1996

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PDF files in UA office


Box Electronic folder Meeting Minutes, 1996-1997

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Box Electronic folder Meeting Minutes, 1997-1998

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Box Electronic folder Meeting Minutes, 1998-1999

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Box Electronic folder Meeting Minutes, 1999-2000

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Box Electronic folder Meeting Minutes, 2000-2001

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Box Electronic folder Meeting Minutes, 2001-2002

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Box Electronic folder Meeting Minutes, 2002-2003

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Box Electronic folder Meeting Minutes, 2003-2004

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Box Electronic folder Meeting Minutes, 2004-2005

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Box Electronic folder Meeting Minutes, 2005-2006

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Box Electronic folder Meeting Minutes, 2006-2007

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Box Electronic folder Meeting Minutes, 2007-2008

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Box Electronic folder Meeting Minutes, 2008-2009

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Box Electronic folder Meeting Minutes, 2009-2010

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Box Electronic folder Meeting Minutes, 2010-2011

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Box Electronic folder Meeting Minutes, 2011-2012

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Box Electronic folder Meeting Minutes, 2012-2013

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Box Electronic folder Meeting Minutes, 2013-2014

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Box Electronic folder Meeting Minutes, 2014-2015

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Box Electronic folder Meeting Minutes, 2015-2016

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Box Electronic folder Meeting Minutes, 2016-2017

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Box Electronic folder Meeting Minutes, 2017-2018

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Box Electronic folder Meeting Minutes, 2018-2019

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III.2. Committee Files, 1936-1979

Subseries III.2 Committee Files, 1836-1979 is arranged in alphabetical order by committee title. The folders within the series are also organized in alphabetical order.

As historical background, in February 1890, Seth Low (President, 1890-1901) convened the entire Columbia faculty in order to obtain their views about the reorganization of the university. After the arbitrary growth of the faculty during the 1880s, many within the university community were cognizant of the need for faculty reorganization. Although Low's reorganization plan presented to the trustees the fall 1891 was one with that only a minority of faculty identified, in choosing it, Low made clear the distinction in his mind between full consultation and executive decision making. (McCaughey, Robert A.,Stand, Columbia: A History of Columbia University in the City of New York, 1754-2004(Columbia University Press, 2003): 147-148.)

The new organization that began to take shape in late 1891 divided the university's instructional staff into four coequal faculties (with some joint membership): the newly constituted Faculty of Philosophy, which included faculty teaching primarily in "the College proper"; the Faculty of Political Science; the Faculty of Law; and the Faculty of Mines. Thus, Low gave the Columbia faculties the basic nomenclature and shape they would retain, with a few additions, into the 1970s. (Id.at 148)

By the mid-20th century, for example, Eaton Professor of Public Administration Arthur W. Macmahon, Executive Director of the President's Committee on the Educational Future of the University (January, 1958), released the text of the Committee's recommendations. (Columbia Spectator(9 January 1958): 1.) Although the report outlined several methods of maintaining the quality of the faculty, the academic administration and student body, the Committee's proposals were not adopted by the University administration. (Columbia Spectator(9 January 1958: 4.)) and (Columbia Spectator(5 March 1964: 3.))

In December 1979, the Presidential Commission on Academic Priorities in the Arts and Sciences led by Professor of English Steven Marcus released its report, which recommended Columbia devote an increasingly larger portion of its resources to the natural sciences and pursue a policy of selective excellence on a departmental basis. (Columbia Spectator(22 January 1980: 1.))

Although by 1989, the University administration had made much progress in many spheres within the arts and sciences division, it asserted that more work needed to be done in such areas as the state of Columbia's buildings, fellowships and faculty salaries in order to achieve the recommendations of the Marcus report. (Columbia Spectator(20 April 1989: 1, 9.))


Committee on College Plans



Box 29 Report of, 1946, 1946


Box 29 Trial Copies, 1946


Box 29 Confidential Copy, 1946


Box 29 Handwritten Copy, 1946


Box 29 Uncorrected Galley Proofs, undated

3 folders


Box 29 Correspondence, 1936-1947

6 folders


Box 29 Distribution of, 1946


Box 29 Correspondence, 1946

2 folders


Box 29 Minutes, 1943


Box 29 Sub-Committee Reports--Correspondence on Reports, 1943-1946


Box 29 Committee on Humanities--Correspondence, 1936-1937


Box 29 The Dean's Faculty Conference on Admissions, 1938-1944


Sub-Committee on Curriculum


Box 29 Agenda, 1936


Box 29 Record Material, 1935-1937


Box 29 For Report, 1937



Box 26 Bibliography Forms, 1965


Box 26 Buildings and Grounds, 1968-1969


Box 26 Bylaws and Amendments, 1966


Box 26 Calendars and Directory, 1954-1970


Correspondence


Box 26 Chronological, 1967-1970

2 folders


Box 26 General, 1966-1967


Box 26 Dean Carl F. Hovde, 1968-1970


Box 26 Dean's Award--Recipients, 1962-1966


Box 26 Development Committee, 1969


Box 26 Dues, 1963-1970


Box 26 Education Committee, 1968-1969


Box 26 Membership Lists, 1965-1967


Box 26 Nominations, 1966-1971

3 folders


Box 26 Members--Active--BAR to WHE, 1966-1969


Committees--Current, 1961-1970


Box 26 Budget--Columbia College, 1965-1967


Box 26 Citizenship Program, 1961-1967


Box 26 College Buildings and Grounds, 1964-1967


Box 26 College Development, 1962-1967


Box 26 Education, 1963-1970


Box 26 Executive Committee, 1964


Box 26 Legacy Development [formerly wills], 1964-1967


Box 26 Nominating, 1962-1968


Box 26 Nominations, 1967


Box 26 Public Relations, 1964-1970


Box 26 Student Life, 1965-1967

2 folders


Committees--Pre-1965


Box 26 Annual Report, 1959-1964


Box 26 Budget, 1955-1963


Box 26 Buildings and Grounds, 1953-1962


Box 26 Citizenship, 1956-1964


Box 26 Committees, 1961


Box 26 Development Committee, 1947-1965



Box 27 Education, 1952-1962


Box 27 Executive Committee--Columbia College Council, 1959-1963


Box 27 Committee Reports, 1951-1957


Box 27 Fraternity Subcommittee, 1963-1964


Box 27 Public Relations, 1947-1964

3 folders


Box 27 Reports, 1951-1957


Box 27 Student Life, 1951-1963


Box 27 Wills Committee, 1954-1963



Box 28 Parents Committee, 1970-1971


Box 28 Planning Committee, 1963-1970


Box 28 Special Projects, 1970-1971


Box 28 Statistics, 1962-1970


Box 28 University Seminar on the Atlantic Community, 1962-1965


Box 28 University Seminar on the State, 1960-1977


Box 28 University Senate, 1969-1979

2 folders


Box 28 Committee on Barnard-Columbia, 1971


Box 28 Elections, 1969-1977


Box 28 Proposal for Establishment, 1968-1972


Box 28 Urban Corps, 1971-1974


Box 28 Varsity "C" Club, 1969-1971


Box 28 Voluntary Organizations, 1965-1966


Box 28 Winter Session, 1974-1976

2 folders