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35.84 linear feet [34 records boxes, 2 document cases]


Academic Affairs deals with all aspects of academic affairs, including curriculum, faculty development, scholarship requirements, advising, honorary degrees, and dishonesty appeal. This collection is composed of general office files, institutional program reviews, department standards, subject files, committee files, curriculum requests, and files dealing with the arrangement of commencement exercises.

Historical Note

Prior to 1960, administration of academic programs and issues at South Dakota State College was left to those departments or areas in need. In 1960, the growing administrative duties were consolidated under the new position of Dean of Academic Affairs. In 1973, this title was changed to Vice President of Academic Affairs. This new title better reflected the position's importance in the university hierarchy. A similar position, Vice President for Administration (formerly known as Assistant to the President), was created at the same time and is responsible for administrative offices and programs within the university.

The Vice President for Academic Affairs answers directly to the president of the university. Deans of all colleges within the university answer directly to the Vice President. These include Arts and Science, Agriculture and Biological Sciences, Family and Consumer Sciences, Engineering, Nursing, Pharmacy, General Registration, Education and Counseling, and the Graduate School. The Dean of Libraries also answers to the Vice President of Academic Affairs.

The purpose of this office is to deal with all aspects of academic affairs, including curriculum, faculty development, scholarship requirements, advising, honorary degrees, and dishonesty appeal.

Content Notes

The bulk of the material is composed of administrative material generated and received by the Office of the President of South Dakota State University.

Folders consists of correspondence, budget material, reports, committee minutes, accreditation material, master and strategic planning files, South Dakota Board of Regents files, material related to Resolution 21, the college name change, and the engineering controversy of the 1970s. Also includes are files related to student organizations, campus buildings, statistics, anniversary celebrations, university history, and photographs.

No material has been found for the following university presidents: James Chalmers, Robert L. Slagle, George Lincoln Brown, Harold M. Crothers, and H. Ray Hoops.

SDSU Archives and Special Collections

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


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.