Faculty Senate of the State Colleges of Maryland records
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.
- Creation: 1969-1974
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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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Series 1: Minutes (1969-1974)
This series contains the minutes of the Faculty Senate of the State Colleges of Maryland. The minutes begin with the State Faculty Senate Planning Committee on October 9, 1969. They end on May 10, 1974 with the next meeting scheduled but no minutes recorded.
The minutes document the meetings of the Faculty Senate throughout its existence and deal with the major issues of the council and its legislative processes.
Series 2: Correspondence (1969-1973) This series contains various correspondence that deal with the Faculty Senate of the State Colleges of Maryland. The dates of the correspondence begin in July, 1969 and end in Novemeber, 1973. They include letters to the Govenor, the Presidents of the State Teachers Colleges, the Board of Trustees, and other members of the Faculty Senate.
Series 3: Reports (1970-1973) This series contains the reports of the Faculty Senate of the State Colleges of Maryland. These reports were made to the Board of Trustees and the faculty members of the State College System.
Series 4: Committees (1970-1972) This series contains records of the special committees of the Faculty Senate of the State Colleges of Maryland. The committees include the Finance Committee and written testimony before the Appropriations Committee of the House of Delegates of the State of Maryland.
Series 5: Miscellaneous (1969-1973) This series contains various documents that pertain to the Faculty Senate of the State Colleges of Maryland. It includes the Constitution of the Faculty Senate, a special presentation from the Senate to the Board of Trustees, newspaper clippings, and papers about the Senate’s involvement in the Coalition of Colleges and University Associations of Maryland.
- Guide to the Faculty Senate of the State Colleges of Maryland records
- Ian Finch, revised and transferred to ArchivesSpace by John Esh
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