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Faculty Senate of the State Colleges of Maryland records

 Record Group
Identifier: 000-002

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the recorded minutes of the Faculty Senate; correspondence, reports, special committees, newspaper clippings and various other documents pertaining to the Faculty Senate of the State Colleges of Maryland.


  • 1969 - 1974

Biographical / Historical

The Constitution of the Faculty Senate of the State Colleges of Maryland was adopted on July 21, 1969 by the Board of Trustees of the State Colleges. Article 1, Section 1 stated that the purpose of the Senate was to serve as the official voice of the faculties of the Maryland State Colleges in matters of system-wide concern. The Senate was also to evaluate matters concerning system-wide policy and make recommendations to the Board of Trustees thereafter. In addition, the Senate was to assume any responsibility or function delegated to it by the Board of Trustees of the State Colleges.

The Maryland State Colleges at this time were; Bowie State College, Coppin State College, Frostburg State College, Morgan State College, Salisbury State College, and Towson State College. Two Senators were elected from each college to represent their respective institutions on the Senate. For Towson State College and Morgan State College, which had more than two hundred faculty, one additional Senator was elected to represent each.

Initial meetings were held from July until October 1969 to determine the structure of the Senate. The governing board was called the State Faculty Senate Planning Committee. Once the governing board was established the first meeting of the Faculty Senate, including all the Senators from each of the State Colleges, was held at Towson State College on October 10, 1969.

The Faculty Senate of the State Teachers Colleges of Maryland served as an advisory committee to the Board of Trustees during its time of operation. The first report that was presented to the Board dealt with the issues of faculty contracts, and faculty salaries. These issues would remain a chief concern of the Faculty Senate. A report produced by the Senate in September 1973 outlined altogether fourteen major issues of the Senate. These included: Salary, Salary Scale and Contracts; University of Baltimore; State Aid to Private Colleges; Tenure; Class Size and Class Elimination; Fringe Benefits; Liberal Arts Character of the Colleges; Faculty Load Study; Graduate Programs; Summer and Evening Programs; Tuition Waivers; Senate Relations with the Board of Trustees; Delineation of Authority in Making of Policy; The Need for Collective Bargaining or Some Other Form of Governance and Faculty Representation.

The last set of minutes of the Faculty Senate of the State Teachers College included in this collection was recorded on May 10, 1974. The next meeting of the Senate was scheduled for September 11, 1974 but no record exists of the meeting and it is unclear what happened to the Senate after this time.


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Physical Location

This collection is located on Row 3B - Bay 1 - Shelf 1.
Guide to the Faculty Senate of the State Colleges of Maryland records
Ian Finch (updated by John Esh, 2020)
Spring 2010
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Towson University Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Albert S. Cook Library
8000 York Rd
Towson MD 21252 United States