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Board of Collegiate Studies records

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Identifier: RG-04-011

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Scope and Contents

The records of the Board of Collegiate Studies date from the years 1887 to 1952 and consist of the Minutes of the Board, as well as records of various committees of the Board. This record group is divided into two subgroups, the first of which, Board of Collegiate Studies, consists of Minutes of the Board spanning the period 1887 to 1945. Subgroup 2 contains records of three committees of the Board of Collegiate Studies, 1922-1952. These committee records, although incomplete, serve to illus-trate the function of the committees.


  • Creation: 1887-1952


Use Restrictions

Education records in subgroup 2, as defined by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, are restricted. For details, see Regulations Governing Access to Restricted Records, in the front of each binder.


In 1882, the Academic Council formed the Board of Collegiate Advisors in response to dissatisfaction among junior faculty, who felt they had no voice in governing university affairs. The Board consisted of the President, the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and represen-tatives of the various academic departments, as chosen by the Academic Council. Subject to the approval of the Academic Council, the Board of Collegiate Advisors was empowered to establish qualifications for the Bachelor of Arts degree and to arrange courses of undergraduate instruction. After 1906 the group's name was changed to Board of Collegiate Studies.

One of the Board's concerns was to find the most effective grading system; several methods were tried, including number grades, letter grades and a simple pass/fail. The Board of Collegiate Studies was formally abolished in 1951 in favor of the newly-formed General Assembly and Group Council, components of the New Plan, but the Board was still functioning through 1952.

Throughout its existence, the Board of Collegiate Studies had several committees, such as the Committee on Scholarships, which recommended students for university scholarships. The Committee on Educational Methods and Policy concentrated on the grading policy and degree requirements, while the Committee on Admissions reviewed and made recommendations concerning the admission policy.


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Most of these records were found in the basement of Homewood House, but some were removed from the records of other Academic Governing Boards.

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Finding aid prepared by Maryanne Courtney, Sean DiGiovanna and Deborah Jeffrey.

Board of Collegiate Studies records
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Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

The Sheridan Libraries
Special Collections
3400 N Charles St
Baltimore MD 21218 USA