Identifier

UA 4

Dates

1957-2010

Extent

22.99 linear feet (32 boxes) sound recordings, electronic records

Abstract

University Committees are empowered to conduct serious, thoughtful analyses of the issues appropriate to that Committee, and to make recommendations to the Faculty Senate and administration. This collection is composed of material related to Administrative Committees, the Academic Senate, the Committee on Committees and other university related Boards and committees, such as the South Dakota Board of Regents and the Hobo Day Committee.

Historical Note

South Dakota State University has an important history of faculty governance. In 1946, the faculty formed a Faculty Association to promote faculty interests and faculty welfare. Although it was not a decision making body, the association had some influence on university policy and decision-making. By the mid-1960's, however, faculty had begun to request a more official role in campus politics. After much discussion, they voted to form an Academic Senate, to be implemented in 1970. The Faculty Association assisted in the transition, and then disbanded in 1972.

The Senate was created to be a representative voice for faculty, researchers, campus-based extension specialists, and non-teaching professional staff. Other institutions have governance bodies, but the Academic Senate at South Dakota State University is unique in composition, authority and focus.

The Academic Senate is an elected body through which the faculty expresses its concerns for the welfare of the university community, develops and disseminates ideas for university improvement, stimulates communication, contributes to the formation of general university policy, and performs those duties and functions especially allocated to or assumed by the faculty, subject to the limitation imposed by the laws of the State of South Dakota and the rules of the Board of Regents. Constitutional authority is granted for policy formulation and approval of academic affairs, faculty affairs, student affairs and senate affairs.

Content Notes

Composed of material related to Administrative Committees, the Academic Senate, the Committee on Committees and other university related Boards and committees, such as the South Dakota Board of Regents and the Hobo Day Committee.

Material consists mainly of minutes from committee meetings but may also include agendas, secretary working papers correspondence, research, membership files, reports, handbooks, subject files and publications directly related to each committee.

Series 1. Administrative Committee records [UA 4.1]

This series is consists mainly of minutes from committee meetings. Also included may be correspondence, research, and publications directly related to each committee.

Series 2. Academic Senate Committees records [UA 4.2]

South Dakota State University has an important history of faculty governance. In 1946, the faculty formed a Faculty Association to promote faculty interests and faculty welfare. Although it was not a decision making body, the association had some influence on university policy and decision-making. By the mid-1960's, however, faculty had begun to request a more official role in campus politics. After much discussion, they voted to form an Academic Senate, to be implemented in 1970. The Faculty Association assisted in the transition, and then disbanded in 1972.

The Senate was created to be a representative voice for faculty, researchers, campus-based extension specialists, and non-teaching professional staff. Other institutions have governance bodies, but the Academic Senate at South Dakota State University is unique in composition, authority and focus. The Academic Senate is an elected body through which the faculty expresses its concerns for the welfare of the university community, develops and disseminates ideas for university improvement, stimulates communication, contributes to the formation of general university policy, and performs those duties and functions especially allocated to or assumed by the faculty, subject to the limitation imposed by the laws of the State of South Dakota and the rules of the Board of Regents. Constitutional authority is granted for policy formulation and approval of academic affairs, faculty affairs, student affairs and senate affairs.

The General files are composed mainly of financial and membership files. The financial files include expenditure reports, as well as budget and funding information. The membership files include lists of Senate members for the years 1983-1998. Folders are arranged in alphabetical order.

The Committees files are composed of many committees that perform the bulk of the Senate functions. While some of the committees are permanent, most change from year to year, depending on the needs and desires of the Senate and the university community. For a description of duties for individual committees consult the Faculty / Faculty-Student Committees Handbook. Folders consist of minutes, clippings, correspondence, and miscellaneous material collected by individual committees. The bulk of the material deals with academic affairs, academic freedom and tenure, academic improvements, the Committee on Elections, the Conference of Senates, the constitution of the Senate, fine arts, the Sewrey Faculty Colloquium, and student affairs. Folders are arranged in chronological order by fiscal year (July-June) and there under year alphabetically by committee.

The Correspondence is composed of correspondence generated and collected by the Academic Senate. Folders are arranged in chronological order by fiscal year (July-June).

The Minutes consist of minutes of the Academic Senate. Included are agendas, secretary working papers, and proxies. Folders are arranged in chronological order by fiscal year (July-June).

The Executive Committee minutes consist of minutes of the Executive Committee of the Academic Senate. Included are agendas, secretary working papers, and proxies. Folders are arranged in chronological order by fiscal year (July-June).

The Subject files are composed of collected material on various subjects relating to or of importance to the Academic Senate. It is believed that the various committees reporting to it sent much of this material to the Academic Senate. The bulk of the material deals with faculty and students at South Dakota State University. The faculty material deals with many topics, but some items of note are professional staff and teacher evaluations, the relationship between the faculty and the Senate, material from faculty meetings, faculty representatives, faculty rules and regulations, and the Faculty Senate. The student material also deals with many topics, and includes a proposal for career development, student activities, and material from the Student Senate and the Student Association. Also included is material dealing with academic appeals and faculty controversies. While this sub-group deals with many topics, a few covered in this material are curriculum, tuition and fees, collective bargaining groups, accreditation, classified employees, the Resources Allocation Model (RAM), various projects and programs which the senate sponsored or participated in, clippings, and material dealing with Resolution 21. Folders are arranged in chronological order by fiscal year (July-June) and alphabetically by subject within each year.

Series 3. Committee on Committee minutes [UA 4.3]

This series is composed of minutes, correspondence, research, and publications directly related to the committee.

Series 4. Other Boards and Related Committees records [UA 4.4]

This series is composed of material collected by the Academic Senate related the South Dakota Board of Regents. Included are correspondence, minutes, newsletters, budget requests, curricular requests, clippings, reports and studies. While the library has holdings for the South Dakota Board of Regents minutes dating back to 1963, this material was retained because of its relation to the Academic Senate at South Dakota State University. Also included in this sub-group are minutes related to university performance.

SDSU Archives and Special Collections

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https://www.sdstate.edu/sdsu-archives-and-special-collections/university-archives

Language

English

Publisher

South Dakota State University Archives and Special Collections, Hilton M. Briggs Library, Brookings, South Dakota.

Rights

Copyright restrictions apply in different ways to different materials. Many of the documents and other historical materials in the Archives are in the public domain and may be reproduced and used in any way. There are other materials in the Archive carrying a copyright interest and must be used according to the provisions of Title 17 of the U.S. Code. The Archive issues a warning concerning copyright restrictions to every researcher who requests copies of documents. Although the copyright law is under constant redefinition in the courts, it is ultimately the responsibility of the researcher to properly use copyrighted material.

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