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Guide to the Bowdoin College Self-Study Reports, 1953-2006

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Title:
Bowdoin College Self-Study reports
Creator:
Bowdoin College
ID:
A01.29
Date [inclusive]:
1953-2006
Extent:
3.5 Linear Feet
Repository:
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Access Restrictions:

Some material restricted. Consult series description for specific information.

Preferred Citation:

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

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.

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.

Series Description:

This series contains self-study reports from 1956, 1976, 1986, 1996, and 2006.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

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

volume 1

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)

volume 2

1976 Sep, Institutional Self-Study Outline

volume 3

1976 Sep, Institutional Self-Study Outline

box 1 folder 1-21

1986 Aug, Institutional Self-Study Outline

volume 4

1986 Aug, Institutional Self-Study Outline

box 2 folder 1-9

1996 Sep, Bowdoin College Self-Study

box 2 folder 10-28

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

box 2 folder 29

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

volume 5

2006 Sep, Bowdoin College Self-Study

volume 6

Series Description:

This series contains 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.

Proposal to Fund for Advancement of Education 1953

box 3 folder 1

Princeton Meeting 1954 (Non-Bowdoin Self Study Reports)

box 3 folder 2

General

box 3 folder 3

Boards and Faculty Votes

box 3 folder 4

Alumni Questionnaire

box 3 folder 5

Alumni Questionnaire - Statistics

box 3 folder 6

Alumni Letters A - C (re: Questionnaire)

box 3 folder 7

Alumni Letters D - H (re: Questionnaire)

box 3 folder 8

Alumni Letters I - R (re: Questionnaire)

box 3 folder 9

Alumni Letters R - Z (re: Questionnaire)

box 3 folder 10

Correspondence 1953

box 3 folder 11

Correspondence January - June 1954

box 3 folder 12

Correspondence July - December 1954

box 3 folder 13

Correspondence 1955

box 3 folder 14

Correspondence 1956, 1957

box 3 folder 15

Financial records

box 3 folder 16

Graduate Statistics

box 3 folder 17

GRE exam - Correspondence

box 3 folder 18

GRE exam - Statistics

box 3 folder 19

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

box 3 folder 20

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

box 3 folder 21

Material provided for Sub-committee membership to 1954 Nov 1

box 3 folder 22

Sub-committee on Admissions - Minutes and Reports

box 3 folder 23

Sub-committee on Admissions - Background Correspondence

box 3 folder 24

Sub-committee on Curriculum Problems - Minutes and Reports

box 3 folder 25

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

box 3 folder 26

Sub-committee on Distribution Requirement - Background Survey

box 3 folder 27

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

box 3 folder 28

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

box 3 folder 29

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

box 3 folder 30

Sub-committee on Freshman Elective - Minutes and Reports

box 3 folder 31

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

box 3 folder 32

Sub-committee on Language Requirement - Background and Statistics

box 3 folder 33

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

box 3 folder 34

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

box 3 folder 35

Sub-committee on Major Requirements and Honors Work: Statistics

box 3 folder 36

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

box 3 folder 37

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

box 4 folder 1

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

box 4 folder 2

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

box 4 folder 3

Sub-committee on Reading, Writing, Speaking - Background

box 4 folder 4

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

box 4 folder 5

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

box 4 folder 6

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

box 4 folder 7

Sub-committee on Student Affairs - Background

box 4 folder 8

Student Curriculum [Sub-] Committee - Report

box 4 folder 9

Student Curriculum [Sub-] Committee - Background

box 4 folder 10

Sub-committee on Tripartite Choice - Minutes and Reports

box 4 folder 11

Sub-committee on Tripartite Choice - Statistics, Background

box 4 folder 12

Supporting documents - bibliography

box 4 folder 13

Appendices

box 4 folder 14

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

box 5 folder 1

2006 Standard 3, TR3.1: Trustee demographics

box 5 folder 2

2006 Standard 3, TR3.2: Trustee committees

box 5 folder 3

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

box 5 folder 4

2006 Standard 3, TR3.5: Intellectual property policy

box 5 folder 5

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

box 5 folder 6

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

box 5 folder 7

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

box 5 folder 8

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

box 5 folder 9

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

box 5 folder 10

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

box 5 folder 11

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

box 5 folder 12

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

box 5 folder 13

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

box 5 folder 14

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

box 5 folder 15

2006 Standard 5, TR5.2: Faculty recruitment procedures

box 5 folder 16

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

box 5 folder 17

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

box 5 folder 18

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

box 5 folder 19

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

box 5 folder 20

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

box 5 folder 21

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

box 5 folder 22

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

box 5 folder 23

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

box 5 folder 24

2006 Standard 6, TR6.2: Transfer applications

box 5 folder 25

2006 Standard 6, TR6.3: SAT scores

box 5 folder 26

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

box 5 folder 27

2006 Standard 6, TR6.5: Faculty scholars

box 5 folder 28

2006 Standard 6, TR6.6: Merit scholars

box 5 folder 29

2006 Standard 6, TR6.7: Enrollment by region

box 5 folder 30

2006 Standard 6, TR6.8: International students

box 5 folder 31

2006 Standard 6, TR6.9: Chart on aid

box 5 folder 32

2006 Standard 6, TR6.10: Student satisfaction survey

box 5 folder 33

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

box 5 folder 34

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

box 5 folder 35

2006 Standard 7, TR7.1: Library staff

box 5 folder 36

2006 Standard 7, TR7.2: Library organization chart

box 5 folder 37

2006 Standard 7, TR7.3: Library FTE

box 5 folder 38

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

box 5 folder 39

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

box 5 folder 40

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

box 5 folder 41

2006 Standard 7, TR7.7: Library literacy statement

box 5 folder 42

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

box 5 folder 43

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

box 5 folder 44

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

box 5 folder 45

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

box 5 folder 46

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

box 5 folder 47

2006 Standard 8, TR8.3: Capital expenditure plan

box 5 folder 48

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

box 5 folder 49

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

box 5 folder 50

2006 Standard 8, TR8.6: Comprehensive security policy

box 5 folder 51

2006 Standard 9, TR9.1: Giving to Bowdoin

box 5 folder 52

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

box 5 folder 52

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

box 5 folder 53

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

box 5 folder 54

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

box 5 folder 55

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

box 5 folder 56

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

box 5 folder 57

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

box 5 folder 58

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

box 5 folder 59

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

box 5 folder 60

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

box 5 folder 61

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

box 5 folder 62

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

box 5 folder 63

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

box 5 folder 64

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

box 5 folder 65

2006 Standard 9, TR9.5: Capital projects funding

box 5 folder 66

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

box 5 folder 67

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

box 5 folder 68

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

box 5 folder 69

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

box 5 folder 70

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

box 5 folder 71

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

box 5 folder 72

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

box 5 folder 73

2006 Standard 9, TR9.14: Auditors' letters

box 5 folder 74

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

box 5 folder 75

2006 Standard 9, TR9.16: Audit charter

box 5 folder 76

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

box 5 folder 77
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