Summary Information

Repository
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Title
Self-Study Reports, 1953-
ID
1.29
Date
1953-
Extent
3.5 linear feet.
Language
English

Preferred Citation

Self-Study Reports, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library.


Biographical/Historical Note

In 1955, the College published its first comprehensive self-evaluation report which was accepted by the faculty and governing boards with minor changes in 1956. Thereafter, with the exception of 1966, the College has conducted a self study every ten years in conjunction with the reaccreditation process. These reports are prepared for the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education: New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.

The first report, entitled "The Conservative Tradition in Education at Bowdoin College," was issued by the Committee on Self Study, a special faculty committee composed of a core group of faculty members. The purpose of this study was to validate Bowdoin's adherence to a conservative tradition in education. This report followed eighteen months of study in which almost all faculty members participated by serving on one of the many subcommittees. Several alumni and undergraduates also assisted the committee. While many factors initiated this inquiry, a significant one was the shift in administrations from the Hyde/Sills era. This comprehensive report focused on the following areas: the curriculum (i.e., requirements for the degree, rules concerning the major, etc.), admissions, the size of the college, student life and faculty affairs. Many of the recommendations were adopted.

In 1976, a second report was prepared. This report detailed the then current College organization and control, a curriculum review, faculty policies and practices, student enrollment and performance, financial reports and other statements and attachments. The 1986 report iterated new policies and procedures or reiterated old assumptions. For example, the by-laws of the College were revised in 1986; the report contains the new text. Also, program summaries, curriculum reviews, extra- and co-curricular activities, and detailed financial statements are included in the report. In 1996, a similarly comprehensive "state of the College" report was issued, detailing long and short term recommendations, with focus on the organization of residential life on campus. The 2006 self-study does not identify "areas of emphasis," but reflects on the College under the Commission's eleven standards. These standards are: Mission and Purpose, Planning and Evaluation, Organization and Governance, The Academic Program, Faculty, Students, Library and Other Information Services, Physical and Technological Resources, Financial Resources, Public Disclosure, and Integrity.


Scope and Content

The collection contains self-study reports from 1956, 1976, 1986, 1996, and 2006. Also included are extensive committee and subcommittee records which were the basis of the 1956 self-study report, two folders of supplementary material for the 1996 report, and background material for the 2006 report.


Administrative Information

Publication Information

 George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011

3000 College Station
Brunswick, Maine, 04011
(207) 725-3288
scaref@bowdoin.edu

Access Restrictions

Some material restricted. Consult series description for specific information.


Collection Inventory

1.29.1: Self-Study Reports, 1955   0.5 linear feet.

Series Description:

Self-study reports from 1956, 1976, 1986, 1996, and 2006.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Volume
1

1955 Sep 1, The Conservative Tradition in Education at Bowdoin College (Report of the Committee on Self Study with appendixes) 

2

1956 Sep, The Conservative Tradition in Education at Bowdoin College (1955 Report of the Committee on Self Study after acceptance by the faculty and governing boards with minor changes) 

3

1976 Sep, Institutional Self-Study Outline 

Box Folder
1 1-21

1976 Sep, Institutional Self-Study Outline 

Volume
4

1986 Aug, Institutional Self-Study Outline 

Box Folder
2 1-9

1986 Aug, Institutional Self-Study Outline 

2 10-28

1996 Sep, Bowdoin College Self-Study 

2 29

1996 Sep, Bowdoin College Self-Study (spiral bound, without appendices) 

Volume
5

1996 Sep, Bowdoin College Self-Study (spiral bound, without appendices) 

6

2006 Sep, Bowdoin College Self-Study 


1.29.2: Self-Study Reports: Background Material, 1953-   3.0 linear feet.

Series Description:

Extensive committee and subcommittee records which were the basis of the 1956 self-study report, two folders of supplementary material for the 1996 report, and background material for the 2006 report.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions

Committee and subcommittee records for the 1956 self-study report 

Box Folder
3 1

Proposal to Fund for Advancement of Education 1953 

3 2

Princeton Meeting 1954 (Non-Bowdoin Self Study Reports) 

3 3

General 

3 4

Boards and Faculty Votes 

3 5

Alumni Questionnaire 

3 6

Alumni Questionnaire - Statistics 

3 7

Alumni Letters A - C (re: Questionnaire) 

3 8

Alumni Letters D - H (re: Questionnaire) 

3 9

Alumni Letters I - R (re: Questionnaire) 

3 10

Alumni Letters R - Z (re: Questionnaire) 

3 11

Correspondence 1953 

3 12

Correspondence January - June 1954 

3 13

Correspondence July - December 1954 

3 14

Correspondence 1955 

3 15

Correspondence 1956, 1957 

3 16

Financial records 

3 17

Graduate Statistics 

3 18

GRE exam - Correspondence 

3 19

GRE exam - Statistics 

3 20

Committee on Self Study: Minutes (Folder 1/2) 

3 21

Committee on Self Study: Minutes (Folder 2/2) 

3 22

Material provided for Sub-committee membership to 1954 Nov 1 

3 23

Sub-committee on Admissions - Minutes and Reports 

3 24

Sub-committee on Admissions - Background Correspondence 

3 25

Sub-committee on Curriculum Problems - Minutes and Reports 

3 26

Sub-committee on Distribution Requirement - Minutes and Reports including History 

3 27

Sub-committee on Distribution Requirement - Background Survey 

3 28

Sub-committee on Faculty Problems and Teaching Methods - Minutes and Reports 

3 29

Sub-committee on Faculty Problems and Teaching Methods - Questionnaire, Statistics 

3 30

Sub-committee on Faculty Problems and Teaching Methods - Completed Questionnaire 

3 31

Sub-committee on Freshman Elective - Minutes and Reports 

3 32

Sub-committee on Language Requirement - Minutes and Reports including History 

3 33

Sub-committee on Language Requirement - Background and Statistics 

3 34

Sub-committee on Major Requirements and Honors Work: Minutes and Reports 

3 35

Sub-committee on Major Requirements and Honors Work: Survey of Status of Major (1953 - 1954) 

3 36

Sub-committee on Major Requirements and Honors Work: Statistics 

3 37

Sub-committee on Major Requirements and Honors Work: Background Papers 

4 1

Sub-committees on Qualitative - Quantitative Requirement - Minutes and Reports 

4 2

Sub-committees on Qualitative - Quantitative Requirement - "C-Rule" Background 

4 3

Sub-committee on Reading, Writing, Speaking - Minutes and Reports 

4 4

Sub-committee on Reading, Writing, Speaking - Background 

4 5

Sub-committee on Size of College - Minutes and Report, Background 

4 6

Sub-committee on Student Affairs - Minutes and Reports (Folder 1/2) 

4 7

Sub-committee on Student Affairs - Minutes and Reports (Folder 2/2) 

4 8

Sub-committee on Student Affairs - Background 

4 9

Student Curriculum [Sub-] Committee - Report 

4 10

Student Curriculum [Sub-] Committee - Background 

4 11

Sub-committee on Tripartite Choice - Minutes and Reports 

4 12

Sub-committee on Tripartite Choice - Statistics, Background 

Supplementary material for the 1996 self-study report 

Box Folder
4 13

Supporting documents - bibliography 

4 14

Appendices 

Background material for the 2006 self-study report 

Box Folder
5 1

2006 Self-Study report - list of background material in box 5 

5 2

2006 Standard 3, TR3.1: Trustee demographics 

5 3

2006 Standard 3, TR3.2: Trustee committees 

5 4

2006 Standard 3, TR3.3: Statement of trustee roles and responsibilities 

5 5

2006 Standard 3, TR3.5: Intellectual property policy 

5 6

2006 Standard 3, TR3.6: List of committees with student representation 

5 7

2006 Standard 4, TR4.1: Curriculum and Educational Policy Committee, motions approved 2004 May 24 

5 8

2006 Standard 4, TR4.3: Memo - "Proposals for Interdisciplinary Team Taught Courses" 

5 9

2006 Standard 4, TR4.4: Procedures for dept. and program reviews 

5 10

2006 Standard 4, TR4.5: Off-Campus Study Committee annual report, 1996 May 

5 11

2006 Standard 4, TR4.6: Final report - CBB off-campus study initiative 

5 12

2006 Standard 4, TR4.7: College class size 1996-2005 

5 13

2006 Standard 4, TR4.8: Survey of faculty on teaching of writing, first-year seminars 

5 14

2006 Standard 4, TR4.9: Materials on the Writing Project and Baldwin Center 

5 15

2006 Standard 5, TR5.1: Data on faculty size and growth 

5 16

2006 Standard 5, TR5.2: Faculty recruitment procedures 

5 17

2006 Standard 5, TR5.3: Tenured faculty option program 

5 18

2006 Standard 5, TR5.4: Student course opinion form 

5 19

2006 Standard 5, TR5.5: Memo - faculty compensation at Bowdoin, 1992 Oct 

5 20

2006 Standard 5, TR5.6: Memo - compensation policy, 2004 Sep 

5 21

2006 Standard 5, TR5.7: Institute for Coastal Studies vision statement 

5 22

2006 Standard 5, TR5.8: Summary of Information Technology (IT) services for teaching and research 

5 23

2006 Standard 5, TR5.9: Compensation for academic department chairs 

5 24

2006 Standard 6, TR6.1: Applicants, admits and matriculants 

5 25

2006 Standard 6, TR6.2: Transfer applications 

5 26

2006 Standard 6, TR6.3: SAT scores 

5 27

2006 Standard 6, TR6.4: Students of color enrollment 

5 28

2006 Standard 6, TR6.5: Faculty scholars 

5 29

2006 Standard 6, TR6.6: Merit scholars 

5 30

2006 Standard 6, TR6.7: Enrollment by region 

5 31

2006 Standard 6, TR6.8: International students 

5 32

2006 Standard 6, TR6.9: Chart on aid 

5 33

2006 Standard 6, TR6.10: Student satisfaction survey 

5 34

2006 Standard 6, TR6.11: 2003 survey of students of color (CHAS) 

5 35

2006 Standard 6, TR6.12: Health and wellness survey data 

5 36

2006 Standard 7, TR7.1: Library staff 

5 37

2006 Standard 7, TR7.2: Library organization chart 

5 38

2006 Standard 7, TR7.3: Library FTE 

5 39

2006 Standard 7, TR7.4: Four-stage library instruction program 

5 40

2006 Standard 7, TR7.5: Self-study documents 

5 41

2006 Standard 7, TR7.6: "@ the Library" 

5 42

2006 Standard 7, TR7.7: Library literacy statement 

5 43

2006 Standard 7, TR7.8: Information Technology (IT) organizational chart 

5 44

2006 Standard 7, TR7.9: Information Technology (IT) strategic plan 

5 45

2006 Standard 7, TR7.10: Draft policies for information security, data access, and other Information Technology (IT) resources 

5 46

2006 Standard 8, TR8.1: Strategic plan to guide future growth 

5 47

2006 Standard 8, TR8.2: Campus Planning and Design Committee 

5 48

2006 Standard 8, TR8.3: Capital expenditure plan 

5 49

2006 Standard 8, TR8.4: Bowdoin College Facilities Management 

5 50

2006 Standard 8, TR8.5: Building design standards for renovation projects 

5 51

2006 Standard 8, TR8.6: Comprehensive security policy 

5 52

2006 Standard 9, TR9.1: Giving to Bowdoin 

5 52

2006 Standard 9, TR9.2: Financial reports and budgets (list of documents follows) 

5 53

2006 Standard 9, TR9.2: Financial reports: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 Jun 30 

5 54

2006 Standard 9, TR9.2: Financial reports: 1999, 2000 Jun 30 

5 55

2006 Standard 9, TR9.2: Financial reports: 2001, 2002 Jun 30 

5 56

2006 Standard 9, TR9.2: Financial reports: 2003, 2004 Jun 30 

5 57

2006 Standard 9, TR9.2: Financial reports: 2005 Jun 30 

5 58

2006 Standard 9, TR9.2: Recommended budgets for 1995-1996, 1996-1997 

5 59

2006 Standard 9, TR9.2: Recommended budget for 1997-1998 

5 60

2006 Standard 9, TR9.2: Recommended budgets for 1998-1999, 1999-2000 

5 61

2006 Standard 9, TR9.2: Recommended budgets for 2000-2001, 2001-2002 

5 62

2006 Standard 9, TR9.2: Recommended budgets for 2002-2003, 2003-2004 

5 63

2006 Standard 9, TR9.2: Recommended budgets for 2004-2005, 2005-2006 

5 64

2006 Standard 9, TR9.3: Changes in Bowdoin comprehensive fees 

5 65

2006 Standard 9, TR9.4: Exhibit A: sources and uses of funds 

5 66

2006 Standard 9, TR9.5: Capital projects funding 

5 67

2006 Standard 9, TR9.6: Bowdoin College operating revenue 

5 68

2006 Standard 9, TR9.7: Bowdoin College staff compensation and job classification program, final report - phase I 

5 69

2006 Standard 9, TR9.8: Employee benefits available to staff 

5 70

2006 Standard 9, TR9.9: Medical plan review, 2002 Aug 

5 71

2006 Standard 9, TR9.10: Rating update, Bowdoin College, ME 

5 72

2006 Standard 9, TR9.11: Sources and uses of operating funds, ten year projection 

5 73

2006 Standard 9, TR9.13: Bowdoin College financial indicators, 2005 Jun 

5 74

2006 Standard 9, TR9.14: Auditors' letters 

5 75

2006 Standard 9, TR9.15: Bowdoin College retirement plan financial statements 

5 76

2006 Standard 9, TR9.16: Audit charter 

5 77

2006 Standard 9, TR9.17: New approach to fund selection memo