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Collection ID: UA2010-3

University of North Florida. College of Arts and Sciences Records., 1971-

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Location of this collection:
1 UNF Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32224, USA
904-507-4122
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Terms of Access:
Permission to photograph, publish, quote or reproduce items must be secured from the repository. Copyright holder for this collection: University of North Florida. The reproduction of materials is subject to the discretion of the Library. Materials may be restricted by donor limitations, our compliance with copyright law, and the condition of the materials.
Preferred citation:
College of Arts and Sciences Records, Special Collections and University Archives, Thomas G. Carpenter Library, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida.

Collection description

Summary

Abstract:
The Records consist of administrative, general and subject files documenting the academic programs, operations and activities of the College of Arts and Sciences (COAS), which is one of five colleges under the Division of Academic Affairs. The collection includes accreditation and annual reports, college newsletters, committee meeting minutes and attachments, memoranda, newsclippings, program brochures, publications and reports. The records also contain material related to faculty issues and hiring, policy development, and the retention of students. The Venture Studies program, an innovative component of interdisciplinary studies offered by the COAS during the University's first decade, is particularly well represented. Venture Studies courses were designed to provide the student with a broader perspective and background in both the humanities and sciences than ordinarily available through traditional coursework in one major.
Extent:
12.00 boxes
Language:
English
Preferred citation:
College of Arts and Sciences Records, Special Collections and University Archives, Thomas G. Carpenter Library, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida.

Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is open for research.

Terms Of Use:

Permission to photograph, publish, quote or reproduce items must be secured from the repository. Copyright holder for this collection: University of North Florida. The reproduction of materials is subject to the discretion of the Library. Materials may be restricted by donor limitations, our compliance with copyright law, and the condition of the materials.

Background

Scope and Content:

The Records consist of administrative, general and subject files documenting the academic programs, operations and activities of the College of Arts and Sciences (COAS), which is one of five colleges under the Division of Academic Affairs. The collection includes accreditation and annual reports, college newsletters, committee meeting minutes and attachments, memoranda, newsclippings, program brochures, publications and reports. The records also contain material related to faculty issues and hiring, policy development, and the retention of students. The Venture Studies program, an innovative component of interdisciplinary studies offered by the COAS during the University's first decade, is particularly well represented. Venture Studies courses were designed to provide the student with a broader perspective and background in both the humanities and sciences than ordinarily available through traditional coursework in one major. The administration of the College is documented in the minutes and agendas, with attachments, of meetings of the COAS departmental chairs for December 13, 1972 - June 4, 1998. The Chairs' Council served as a decisionmaking and advisory group to the COAS Dean, and the minutes document a wide range of COAS activities. Attachments include academic and staffing plans, college and department budgets, correspondence, course proposals, curricular development, enrollment and staffing projections, memoranda, reports, and salary studies. The minutes of the College of Arts and Sciences Faculty meetings provide documentation and insight into academic and curricular planning, budget issues, development of COAS policies and procedures, COAS search committee activities, and faculty concerns and development. COAS department and center / institute files are not included in these records but described and arranged in a separate collection.

Biographical / Historical:

The College of Arts and Sciences (COAS) was founded in 1972, one of the three original academic colleges established at the University of North Florida. The first formal meeting of the Chairmen of the College of Arts and Sciences was held on September 20, 1971, approximately one year before the opening of the University in October 1972. Attendees at this meeting included founding COAS Dean Willard Ash, Dr. Larry Green, Dr. Gary Harmon, Dr. Edward Healy, Dr. Thomas Mongar, and Dr. Gerson Yessin. Topics covered: faculty recruitment, library procedures, textbook policy, planning academic programs, student counseling, academic regulations, and liberal studies. Thereafter, meetings were held on a weekly or as needed basis. Names for the group varied through the years: Chairmen's Meetings, Chairpersons' Meetings, Chairs' Council, College of Arts and Sciences Chairs'. The following is a listing of the COAS Deans to date: 1970-1978 Willard O. Ash (deceased) 1978-1979 Jack T. Humphries (Interim Dean) 1980-1983 Peter H. Salus 1983-1984 Edward A. Healy (Interim Dean) 1984-1987 Edward A. Healy (Dean) 1987-1989 Richard R. Weiner (Interim Dean) 1989-1992 Afesa M. Adams 1992 James B. Crooks (Interim Dean) 1993-2000 Lewis J. Radonovich 2000-2001 Henry (Hank) J. Camp (Interim Dean) 2001-2005 Mark E. Workman 2005-2006 David D. Jaffee (Acting Dean) 2006-2007 Dale L. Clifford (Interim Dean) 2007- Barbara A. Hetrick Currently, the COAS is the largest of the five colleges that make up the University. Instructional responsibilities for the 287 COAS faculty members extend from the lower level general education program, through diverse majors for undergraduates, to a growing number of graduate programs. The college consists of fifteen academic departments, and also houses a variety of centers, including a newly established Center for Environmental Studies, as well as pre-law and pre-medical programs. The mission of the College of Arts and Sciences is: **to provide learning opportunities of the highest quality to our students, both undergraduate and graduate, to develop their capabilities as critical and reflective thinkers, and to offer each occasions for transformative learning; **to promote faculty engagement in pursuit and production of disciplinarily significant and high quality scholarship -- discovered and applied, global and local; **to offer undergraduate and graduate programs that contribute to the successful achievement of our students' ambitions, are responsive to and engaged with the communities of which the university is a part, and continue the tradition of an excellent liberal arts education; **to dedicate the college's full range of resources to these goals.

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Acquisition information:

Acquired from the Dean's Office of the College of Arts and Sciences, departmental chairs, faculty members, and through the efforts of the archival staff

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