Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Rice University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee records, 1964 -1990 UA 236

creator Rice University
Title: Rice University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee records
Dates: 1964 -1990
Abstract: The collection consists of records of the work of the faculty Committee on the Undergraduate Curriculum over the period 1966 through 1990. There are membership lists, meeting minutes, reports, memoranda, and correspondence. Topics covered include general graduation require- ments, specific requirements in particular departments, evaluation of particular programs, student advising, curriculum revision, and debate about credit for Advanced Placement courses.
Identification: UA 236
Quantity: 2.25 Linear Feet (4 boxes)
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical / Historical

The Committee on the Undergraduate Curriculum is one of fifteen committees of the faculty. During the years represented in the records comprising this collection, the members of the committee were appointed by the University president. The committee was made up of eight or nine members, some of whom served for multiple years. The records include committee membership lists.

There were three parts to the charge that determined the committee’s work. The primary one was “to review any matter relating to the structure or content of all the undergraduate curricula.” These matters could originate in “the University Council, any standing committee of the University, faculty and student groups, members of the administration and others.” It was stated that “the Committee will make appropriate recommendations concerning these matters to the University Council and the President.”

The second part of the charge was “to initiate, whenever appropriate, reviews of the general curriculum, any of the undergraduate major curricula, distribution requirements and the like, and make recommendations to the University Council and the President.”

The third part of the charge was “to prepare a brief, written report on the year’s activities of the Committee at the end of the academic year and to submit copies of this report to the President of the University and the University Council.”

In years subsequent to the creation of the records in this collection, the University Council has been replaced by the Faculty Senate.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of papers recording the work of the Rice Faculty Committee on the Undergraduate Curriculum. The timespan represented is 1966 through 1990, but not every year in the period is represented, and content varies from year to year.

There are Committee membership lists for the thirteen-year period 1966 to 1979 and meeting minutes for the eleven years 1967 to 1978. These records are also in the forms of reports, memoranda, and correspondence.

Topics covered include general graduation requirements for undergraduate degrees, such as the foreign language requirement, the English competency exam, distribution requirements, and construction of minors. Many particular departments are represented as issues arose concerning requirements involving their specific courses. Debate within the faculty about how Rice should treat presentation by incoming students of Advanced Placement courses is covered. There is information about recommendations for student advising. Results of evaluating particular programs are included, as are records of the major curriculum revision project that culminated in 1970.

Finally, the collection includes response forms from faculty to a survey concerning the number of hours judged appropriate for a Rice degree. The date of this survey is not apparent, but the names of faculty represented suggest that it took place in the sixties.


Conditions Governing Access

Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via woodson@rice.edu or call 713-348-2586.

Conditions Governing Access

This material is restricted. Permission to use these papers must be obtained from the President’s Office.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Records must be obtained from the President’s Office and from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.

Index Terms

Subjects (Organizations)
Rice University
Rice University -- History
Universities and colleges -- Administration
minutes (administrative records)
letters (correspondence)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Rice University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Records, UA 236. Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from the President’s Office, Rice University.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Committee structure 1966-1984

Box folder
1 1 Membership, 1966-1979
2 Minutes, 1967-1978, 1984
3 Accounting/Principles of Business, 1972

Series II: Subject files 1966-1977

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1 4 Advanced Placement, 1974
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1 5 Advising, 1969-1975
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1 6 Anthropology and Sociology Dept., 1968-1971
7 Architecture, School of, 1973-1974
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1 8 Bachelor of Science Program, 1972
9 Biochemistry, Dept. of, 1970
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1 10 Chemistry, Dept. of, 1969-1970
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1 11 Charles Freeman Case, 1969
12 Classics, Dept. of, 1969
13 College Courses – SCEP Report, 1968-1969
14 College Courses, 1967-1974, 1976
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1 15 Commerce, Dept. of – Studies and Evaluations, 1970-1971
16 Commerce, Dept. of – Report of the Committee to Review and Evaluate, 1971
17 Commerce, Dept. of, 1971-1972
18 Course Load (Survey of other universities), 1971-1972
19 Course Load Reduction, 1971-1972; Course Load Reduction Questionnaire, 1972
20 Curriculum Revision, 1967-1970
21 Curriculum Revision Proposal, 1970; Reactions, student and faculty, 1970-1971
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2 1 Curriculum Suggestions, 1974-1975
2 Curriculum Requirements, 1967-1970
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2 3 Distribution Requirements, 1969-1970
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2 4 Education, Dept. of, 1970
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2 5 English Competency (Exam), 1970-1977
6 Environmental Science and Engineering, Dept. of, 1970-1973
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2 7 Esso Foundation, 1966-1967
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2 8 Experimental Program in Composition, 1972-1973
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2 9 Fine Arts Program, 1971-1972
10 Foreign Language Requirement, 1966-1970
11 French, Dept. of, 1969
12 German, Dept. of, 1973
13 Geology, Dept. of, 1975
14 Health and Physical Education, Dept. of, 1968-1971, 1976
15 History, Dept. of, 1966-1970, 1975
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2 16 Honors Program, 1966
17 Houston Inter-University African Studies Program, 1969
18 Human Sexuality, 1974-1975
19 Interdepartmental Programs/University Major, 1968-1973, 1976
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2 20 Jan Plan, 1970
21 Linguistics, Dept. of, 1967-1968
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2 22 Materials Science, Dept. of, 1968
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2 23 Mathematical Sciences, Dept. of, 1967-1972
24 Pass – Fail, 1967-1975
25 Religious Studies, Dept. of, 1968
26 Rice-Baylor Medical Program, 1969-1971
27 Rice-Columbia Law Program, 1971-1972
28 ROTC, 1973
29 Russian, Dept. of, 1969
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2 30 Science – Mathematics Requirement, 1968
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2 31 Self-Study, 1973
32 Semester (Credit) Hours, 1971-1977
33 Separate Curricula, 1975
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2 34 Shepherd School of Music, 1975
35 Statistics (Courses), 1973
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2 36 Tutorial Program, 1967-1970
37 Undergraduate Minors, 1976

Series III: Committee correspondence and notes 1964-1990

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2 38 Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Correspondence
39 Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, 1974
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3 1 Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, Miscellaneous Reports and Memos, 1966-1975
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3 2 Correspondence, Memos, 1964-1966
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3 3 Correspondence, Memos, 1966-1967
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3 4 Correspondence, Memos, 1967-1968, 1968-1969
4 Correspondence, Memos, 1969-1970
6 Correspondence, Memos, 1971-1972
7 Notices, Minutes, 1972
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3 8 Correspondence, Memos, 1972-1973
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3 9 Correspondence, Memos, 1980
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4 1 1972 Questionnaire on Course Requirements for Graduation
2 Correspondence, Notes, Budgets, Surveys, Proposals, etc., Computer Science Program Committee, 1981-1984
3 [(Sub) Committee for] Science/Engineering Foundation Course, 1987
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4 4 Correspondence, Notes, [ad hoc] Committee to Review Foundation Courses, 1989-1990