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Collection ID: UA1975-1

University of North Florida. General Assembly Records., 1972-1975

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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, compliance with copyright law, and the condition of the materials.
Preferred citation:
General Assembly Records, Special Collections and University Archives, Thomas G. Carpenter Library, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida.

Collection description

Summary

Abstract:
The Records contain the official minutes, with attachments, of the meetings of the General Assembly, a unique temporary governing structure for the University in its initial years, from 1972-1975. Attachments include academic plan drafts, correspondence, memoranda, committee nomination lists and tallies, plans and reports, and working papers. Topics discussed in the General Assembly included a broad spectrum of issues, among others, academic programs, policies and procedures, grading policies, faculty evaluation and tenure, smoking in the classrooms, traffic control, and establishment of governance committees and boards. The Records are significant for researchers because they provide documentation of the organization and shared governance of the University during its formative years, and show early decisions and input by charter university leaders.
Extent:
2.00 boxes
Language:
English
Preferred citation:
General Assembly 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, compliance with copyright law, and the condition of the materials.

Background

Scope and Content:

The Records contain the official minutes, with attachments, of the meetings of the General Assembly, a unique temporary governing structure for the University in its initial years, from 1972-1975. Attachments include academic plan drafts, correspondence, memoranda, committee nomination lists and tallies, plans and reports, and working papers. Topics discussed in the General Assembly included a broad spectrum of issues, among others, academic programs, policies and procedures, grading policies, faculty evaluation and tenure, smoking in the classrooms, traffic control, and establishment of governance committees and boards. The Records are significant for researchers because they provide documentation of the organization and shared governance of the University during its formative years, and show early decisions and input by charter university leaders.

Biographical / Historical:

The University of North Florida General Assembly was created and established in 1972 by Dr. Roy L. Lassiter, Jr., Vice President and Dean of Faculties. Dr. Lassiter was the founding Chairman of the Assembly and called the first meeting to order on October 20, 1972, in the Auditorium, South Campus, Florida Junior College (now Florida State College at Jacksonville). Dr. Jane Decker was appointed Secretary of the Assembly. University President Dr. Thomas G. Carpenter greeted and addressed the members. The general tasks of the Assembly as a governing system for all employees and the Chairman's philosophy as presiding officer were outlined and discussed. The Assembly was authorized to make major policy decisions. The Assembly was a bold initiative in institutional governance to bring together - in one governing body - representatives from all members of the University community, including faculty, staff, and students. Its Vice Chairman was Thomas Fowler, a student majoring in management, and standing committee members were also elected from the various units of the University. It was to be a temporary governing structure to be submitted for ratification by a constitutional convention after a two-year trial. The Interim Articles of Governance was designated as the guiding basic document of the Assembly until January 1, 1975. Although the Assembly was partially successful as an institutional experiment in fostering campus-wide participation and communication, its size and unwieldy structure proved cumbersome as the University's sole governing system. In 1975, after faculty frustrations were voiced in lengthy debates, the Assembly was dissolved. It was replaced, according to the mandate of a new University Constitution approved on March 13, 1975, with separate self-governing associations for faculty, staff and students. Only the Student Government Association and the Faculty Association continue to exist to the present day.

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Acquisition information:

Acquired from various campus administrators and offices

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