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Curriculum Records

 Collection
Identifier: AC 38

Scope and Contents

This collection is divided into four series: General Information, First Year Initiative (FYI), Registration, and Summer School.

The General Information series contains reports, memos, meeting minutes, proposals, brochures and other publications, and general research done by the various entities that develop curriculum at Beloit College, particularly from Academic Senate standing committees, ad hoc committees, and task forces. There is also background information on the Beloit Plan (more Beloit Plan materials are available in a separate collection, AC 22), a fairly complete collection of course schedules (which offer similar information to the College catalogues) from the 20th century. Included are records created by the Academic Senate's Ad Hoc Curriculum Committee as part of their strategic planning efforts to update and enhance the curriculum from the 1980s.

The FYI series contains documentary materials starting in 1980 regarding the College's freshman year program, later called First Year Initiatives (FYI).

FYI program materials from 1995-2006 were acquired separately, donated from Tom McBride in summer 2014. There is much overlap among the documents supplied by McBride, who was the chief coordinator of the program during those years. Folders from within the same given year do vary subtly – for example, some documents were specifically compiled for distribution among faculty during annual FYI leader retreat events, while other folders include original notes and illustrate McBride’s planning and drafting process. Folders compiled for FYI faculty include materials like sample Comprehensive Academic Plan (CAP) documents, which are normally given to students during their FYI as a component of their advising materials.

The Registration series mostly consists of registration information in the form of poster-size schedules from 1907-1952, and in booklets listing courses for each semester from the 1960s-2000s.

The Summer School series contains issues of the Beloit College Bulletin, titled "Summer School Bulletin," devoted to summer school programming, which include calendars and course listings, as well as other summer college offerings.

Dates

  • 1847-1892, 1911-2010

Extent

4.46 Linear Feet (7 boxes; further additions are expected)

Language of Materials

English

Overview

This collection contains reports, memos, meeting minutes, proposals, brochures and other publications, and general research done by the various entities that develop curriculum at Beloit College, particularly from Academic Senate standing committees, ad hoc committees, and task forces. There is background information on the Beloit Plan, a fairly complete collection of course schedules from the 20th century, and documentary materials starting in 1980 regarding the College's freshman year program, later called First Year Initiatives (FYI). Also included are course listings created by the Registrar from the early 20th to the early 21st century, and summer school programming documents.

Arrangement

For the most part, this collection has no accession documentation. The original order of the documents is unknown. The series and chronological arrangement order presented here has been imposed by the College Archives staff. New materials created by the Communications and Marketing department are still being added regularly. These materials are created for various offices including the Provost and Dean of the College's office, the Dean of Students' office, and the Registrar's office.

There is a separate collection for Beloit Plan materials (AC 22).

Related Materials

Materials related to curriculum can be found in many, many collections in the Archives. Below is a just sample of related collections:



Beloit College Academic Policy Committee records (AC 3)
Beloit College Academic Senate records (AC 4)
Beloit College Beloit Plan records (AC 22)
Beloit College Catalogs records (AC 28)
Beloit College Faculty records (AC 47)
Beloit College New Student Days records (AC 81)
Irving Maurer papers (MC 4)

Processing Information

Some duplicate copies of FYI seminar booklets were discarded during processing. Some registration booklets from accession 2012-05 were added on November 27, 2012. Some FYI materials from accession 2014-20, added in February, 2015.
Title
Curriculum Records
Author
This finding aid was completed in July, 2012 by Michelle Tom, and last updated in 2015 by Genevieve Gideonse
Date
2015
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Beloit College Archives and Special Collections Repository

Contact:
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