Guide to the Faculty Planning Committee Records

Collection Title: Faculty Planning Committee Records
Dates: 1963-1980
Identification: 4/5/4
Creator: Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Faculty Planning Committee
Extent: 6 Boxes
Abstract: The Faculty Planning Committee was created in 1962. The Committee was charged with providing guidance concerning the long-range physical and intellectual development of the University. It was requested to make specific recommendations on how to balance the demands of competing intellectual disciplines for space. The records of the Faculty Planning Committee consist primarily of memoranda, correspondence, notes, and committee reports. The records include the Committee's annual reports to the Provost, as well as drafts and final version of the FPC's six major reports to the University community.
Acquisition Information: The Faculty Planning Committee Records came to the University Archives in several installments. A portion were donated by Ben Jacobsen on November 28, 1978 (Acc. #78-133). Additional records were separated from the Daniel Zelinsky Papers donated to the Archives on September 27, 1979 (Acc. #79-182). The bulk of the records were separated from the Jean Hagstrum Papers, Series 11/2/11/7, donated to the Archives on April 3, 1979, May 22, 1979, and June 8, 1981 (Acc. #'s 79-49, 79-89, 81-129). In addition a small amount of Faculty Planning Committee miscellany from the Archives general files was incorporated into the series.
Processing Information: Thomas Dorst, December, 1981.
Conditions Governing Access: None.
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Biographical/Historical Information

The Faculty Planning Committee was created in 1962. The Committee was charged with providing guidance concerning the long-range physical and intellectual development of the University. It was requested to make specific recommendations on how to balance the demands of competing intellectual disciplines for space. It was to formulate educational objectives; develop plans for their realization; delineate resources necessary for implementation of the plans; and project the long-range requirements necessary to achieve these goals in the form of a comprehensive educational plan.

Reports issued by the Faculty Planning Committee are reviewed by the Faculty Educational Policies Committee and the Provost before being submitted to the President. The FPC plays no role in implementing any of its recommendations that ultimately are accepted by the administration.

Clarence Ver Steeg (1962-1965), Ali Bulent Cambell (1965-1966), Jean Hagstrum (1966-1969), David Mintzer (1969-1970), David Reiter (1970-1972), James Sheehan (1972-1973), Daniel Zelinsky (1973-1975), Hugo Sonnenschein (1975-1976), Paul Loach (1976-1978), David Baron (1978-1980), and Robert Lineberry (1980- ) have chaired the Faculty Planning Committee. Major reports were produced during the Ver Steeg (physical plant), Hagstrum (undergraduate curriculum), Zelinsky (graduate program), Sonnenschein (multidegree programs), Loach (funding of research), and Baron (the University in the 1980s) tenures.

Scope and Content

The records of the Faculty Planning Committee spanning the years 1963-1980 comprise six boxes. They consist primarily of memoranda, correspondence, notes, and committee reports. Minutes of the FPC apparently were not regularly distributed and few exist in the records, with the exception of those for the years 1976-1978. The bulk of the records document the FPC's work during the chairmanship of Jean Hagstrum (1966-1969), with substantial bodies of records also present for the chairmanships of Clarence Ver Steeg (1962-1965), Daniel Zelinsky (1974-1975), and Paul Loach (1976-1978). The records include the Committee's annual reports to the Provost, as well as drafts and final version of the FPC's six major reports to the University community. Published copies of A Community of Scholars: New Approaches to Undergraduate Education at Northwestern (Part I, September 1968), Community of Scholars: New Educational Programs for Northwestern University (Part II, October, 1969), and Research, Teaching, and University Goals (March, 1979) are shelved in Room 110.

The records include material from all the terms of office save those of David Mintzer (1969-1970) and Robert Lineberry (1980- ). Small amounts of material document the tenures of Ali Bulent Cambell (1965-1966), David Reiter (1970-1972), James Sheehan (1972-1973), and Hugo Sonnenschein (1975-1976). David Baron's tenure (1978-1980) is represented only by two reports on the University in the 1980s.

The ten folders documenting Ver Steeg's chairmanship include committee files, clippings, and various drafts of the FPC's 1965 report on space utilization.

The thirty eight folders comprising the record of Hagstrum's chairmanship constitute over half of the series. In addition to general committee files they include materials relating to many of the various subcommittees that the FPC created to research and write the various sections of its report, A Community of Scholars (popularly referred to as the "Hagstrum Report"), drafts of the report, and a typescript of the final report.

The five folders documenting Zelinsky's tenure as chairman include committee files, departmental responses to an FPC questionnaire entitled "A Survey of Graduate Student Policies," and a copy of the Committee's report on the graduate program.

The eight folders covering Loach's chairmanship include the only significant run of FPC minutes in the series. In addition there are general committee files that include correspondence and committee reports.

Arrangement of Materials

The arrangement of the records reflects the terms of office of its chairmen. Material documenting the tenures of Clarence Ver Steeg (1962-1965), Jean Hagstrum (1966-1969), Daniel Zelinsky (1974-1975), and Paul Loach (1976-1978) are each arranged by document type (committee files, correspondence, reports) and chronologically within folders, with the exception of survey responses from Zelinsky's tenure, which are arranged alphabetically by department or school name. Material documenting the tenures of Ali Bulent Cambell (1965-1966), David Reiter (1970-1972), James Sheehan (1972-1973), and Hugo Sonnenschein (1975-1976) are arranged chronologically.

Subjects

Corporate Name

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.)--Planning

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Faculty Planning Committee

Subjects

Campus planning--Illinois--Evanston

Universities and colleges--Illinois--Evanston--Planning


Container List / Contents

  • Ver Steeg Committee Files, November 20, 1963-December 28, 1964Box 1, Folder 1
  • Ver Steeg Clippings and Press Releases, November 24, 1964-January, 1965Box 1, Folder 2
  • Ver Steeg Interim Report of the Committee, June, 1964Box 1, Folder 3
  • Ver Steeg Interim Report of the Committee, June, 1964Box 1, Folder 4
  • Ver Steeg Interim Report of the Committee, November, 1964Box 1, Folder 5
  • Ver Steeg Responses to the Interim Report, January, 1965Box 1, Folder 6
  • Ver Steeg Responses to the Interim Report, January, 1965Box 1, Folder 7
  • Ver Steeg Report of the Committee, June, 1965Box 1, Folder 8
  • Ver Steeg Report of the Committee, June, 1965Box 1, Folder 9
  • Ver Steeg Subcommittee Reports, February 8, 1965-May 7, 1965; n.d.Box 1, Folder 10
  • Cambell Report of the Committee, 1965-1966Box 2, Folder 1
  • Hagstrum Committee Files, August 5, 1965 - April 8, 1967Box 2, Folder 2
  • Hagstrum Committee Files, May 1, 1967-May 12, 1969Box 2, Folder 3
  • Hagstrum Committee Files, n.d.Box 2, Folder 4
  • Hagstrum Comments on the Committee Report, November 24, 1968-March 12, 1969Box 2, Folder 5
  • Hagstrum Clippings and Press Releases, October 21, 1966-October 4, 1968Box 2, Folder 6
  • Hagstrum Subcommittee Rosters, 1966-1968Box 2, Folder 7
  • Hagstrum Subcommittee - Architecture, Aesthetics, and Physical Plant, March 7, 1967-January 24, 1969Box 2, Folder 8
  • Hagstrum Subcommittee - Athletics, April 3, 1968-May 21, 1968; n.d.Box 2, Folder 9
  • Hagstrum Subcommittee - Curriculum, Undergraduate, August 2, 1962-March 20, 1967; n.d.Box 2, Folder 10
  • Hagstrum Subcommittee - Fine and Performing Arts, November 8, 1965-June 14, 1967Box 2, Folder 11
  • Hagstrum Subcommittee - Extension and Para-Education, July 22, 1966-December 5, 1967Box 2, Folder 12
  • Hagstrum Subcommittee - Humanities, November 4, 1965-January 30, 1967Box 2, Folder 13
  • Hagstrum Subcommittee - Humanities, February 8, 1967-August 14, 1968; n.d.Box 3, Folder 1
  • Hagstrum Subcommittee - Instructional Resources, March 17, 1967-January, 1968Box 3, Folder 2
  • Hagstrum Subcommittee - Inter-campus Communication, March 31, 1967-June 16, 1967; n.d.Box 3, Folder 3
  • Hagstrum Subcommittee - Interdisciplinary Programs, n.d.Box 3, Folder 4
  • Hagstrum Subcommittee - International Studies Planning, November 13, 1967-January 7, 1969Box 3, Folder 5
  • Hagstrum Subcommittee - Philosophy and Religion, n.d.Box 3, Folder 6
  • Hagstrum Subcommittee - Science, Engineering and Medicine, October 11, 1966-December 5, 1965Box 3, Folder 7
  • Hagstrum Subcommittee - Science, Engineering and Medicine, 1967; n.d.Box 3, Folder 8
  • Hagstrum Subcommittee - Social Science, September 22, 1966-October 12, 1967Box 3, Folder 9
  • Hagstrum Draft Committee Report - Preface and Comments, October 11, 1967-January 2, 1970; n.d.Box 3, Folder 10
  • Hagstrum Draft Committee Report - Chapter 1 and Comments, 1967Box 3, Folder 11
  • Hagstrum Draft Committee Report - Chapter 2 and Comments, 1967Box 3, Folder 12
  • Hagstrum Draft Committee Report - Chapter 3 and Comments, 1967Box 3, Folder 13
  • Hagstrum Draft Committee Report - Chapter 4 and Comments, 1967Box 3, Folder 14
  • Hagstrum Draft Committee Report - Chapter 5 and Comments, 1967Box 4, Folder 1
  • Hagstrum Draft Committee Report - Chapter 6 and Comments, 1967Box 4, Folder 2
  • Hagstrum Draft Committee Report - Chapter 7 and Comments, 1967Box 4, Folder 3
  • Hagstrum Draft Committee Report - Chapter 8 and Comments, 1967Box 4, Folder 4
  • Hagstrum Draft Committee Report - Chapter 9 and Comments, 1967Box 4, Folder 5
  • Hagstrum Draft Committee Report - Chapter 10 and Comments, 1967Box 4, Folder 6
  • Hagstrum Draft Committee Report - Chapter 11 and Comments, 1967Box 4, Folder 7
  • Hagstrum Draft Committee Report - Chapter 12 and Comments, 1967Box 4, Folder 8
  • Hagstrum Committee Report "A Community of Scholars" - typescript, 1968Box 4, Folder 9
  • Hagstrum Committee Report "A Community of Scholars" - responses - correspondence, December 21, 1967-July 19, 1973Box 4, Folder 10
  • Hagstrum Committee Report "A Community of Scholars" - responses - correspondence, n.d.Box 4, Folder 11
  • Hagstrum Committee Report "A Community of Scholars" - responses - clippings, September 26, 1968-March 5, 1979; n.d.Box 4, Folder 12
  • Reiter Committee Files, October 30, 1970-March 15, 1972Box 5, Folder 1
  • Sheehan Committee Files, October 10, 1972-May 29, 1973Box 5, Folder 2
  • Zelinsky Committee Files, September 17, 1973-August 15, 1974Box 5, Folder 3
  • Zelinsky Committee Files, September 6, 1974-August, 1975; n.d.Box 5, Folder 4
  • Zelinsky "Survey of Graduate Student Policies" - Anatomy to French Italian, 1973/74Box 5, Folder 5
  • Zelinsky "Survey of Graduate Student Policies" - Geography to Political Science, 1973/74Box 5, Folder 6
  • Zelinsky "Survey of Graduate Student Policies" - Psychiatry to Transportation -- Committee Report on the Survey, 1973/74--August 15, 1974Box 5, Folder 7
  • Sonnenschein Committee Files, September 17, 1975-May 24, 1976Box 5, Folder 8
  • Loach Committee Minutes and Agenda, October 15, 1976-May 20, 1977Box 5, Folder 9
  • Loach Committee Minutes and Agenda, May 27, 1977-June 9, 1978Box 6, Folder 1
  • Loach Committee Files, November 8, 1976-May 23, 1977Box 6, Folder 2
  • Loach Committee Files, July 1, 1977-February 17, 1978Box 6, Folder 3
  • Loach Committee Files, February 20, 1978-May 17, 1978Box 6, Folder 4
  • Loach Committee Files, May 17, 1978Box 6, Folder 5
  • Loach Committee Files, May 22, 1978-October 20, 1978Box 6, Folder 6
  • Loach Committee Files, October, 1978Box 6, Folder 7
  • Baron Report to the Committee, October, 1979Box 6, Folder 8
  • Baron Report to the Committee, May, 1980Box 6, Folder 9