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Graduate School, 1951+ | Northern Illinois University

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Collection Overview

Title: Graduate School, 1951+

Predominant Dates:1951-2002

ID: RHC/UA/28/

Extent: 14.0 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 00/00/1965

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The records of the Graduate School partially document its functions and expansion from 1951 through the present. The records held include: correspondence, survey records, graduate faculty handbooks, Graduate Council files, committee records, and brochures and programs.  Meeting minutes are regularly added to the collection.  The archives also maintains a copy of every master's thesis and doctoral dissertation.  Graduate music recitals from 1962 through  2000 are located in the Audio Visual Collection, UA 11.  Graduate Catalogs from 1951 to the present are located in the Reading Room, Reference area.

Collection Historical Note

The move for a graduate program at Northern was slow in developing, primarily due to the state appropriations necessary to finance a program.  In 1939 President Adams appointed a graduate faculty committee to work with similar groups in other Illinois public institutions on plans for graduate programs.  In Northern's case this first effort was unsuccessful, but the idea was still alive among administrators and faculty and in November 1949 President Holmes appointed a steering committee to set up the mechanics for a graduate program.  At the same time the Teachers College Board established guidelines for Northern in the areas of faculty qualifications, library holdings, location of classes, and degree offered (M.S.Ed.).  In 1951 the Board granted Northern permission to offer graduate courses and during that summer, under the direction of J. Robert Hainds, courses were offered by the departments of Biological Sciences, Education, English, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, and Speech.

By 1960 twenty-three departments at Northern were offering graduate courses leading to the Masters degree.  In the Fall of 1962, after considerable effort, doctoral programs were introduced for the departments of Business Education, English, Education, and History. The first doctoral degree was conferred in 1964.  A Performer's Certificate was authorized in 1982 and in 1983 an Educational Specialist degree was approved.  As of 2003 Northern offers the Masters in over 100 major programs, the Doctor of Education in six academic majors, and the Doctor of Philosophy in ten departments.

The first Director/Dean of the Graduate School in 1951 was Dr. J. Robert Hainds.  After Hainds became Executive Vice-President and Provost in 1961 Dr. C. Norton Coe was appointed Dean of Graduate School, followed by Dr. Wayne J. McIlrath from 1963 to 1973.  James A. Rutledge became Dean in January 1974.  Dean Jaros served as Dean of the Graduate School and Associate Provost for Graduate Studies and Research from fall 1980 to spring 1984. Graduate School Associate Dean David Greenfield served as interim Dean until he resigned in August 1984.  Jerrold H. Zar, former Chair of Biological Sciences Department, followed as interim Dean and in 1985 was named Dean of the Graduate School bringing stability until his retirement in December 2002.  T. Daniel Griffiths served as Acting Dean and Vice Provost for Research, until Rathindra N. Bose was hired as Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School in July 2003.

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the records.

Use Restrictions: Literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Acquisition Source: Graduate School

Acquisition Method: The University Archives acquired the records of the Graduate School in several installments beginning in the mid-1960's.


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Folder 1: Dean Jerrold Zar's Correspondence: Illinois Universities Senior Research Officers Committee, 1984-1985
Folder 2: Dean Jerrold Zar's Correspondence: Indirect Costs, 1985, 1988, 2002
Folder 3: Dean Jerrold Zar's Correspondence: Industry, 1991
Folder 4: Dean Jerrold Zar's Correspondence: Intellectual Property Committee, 2001
Folder 5: Dean Jerrold Zar's Correspondence: International Programs, 1995, 1998-1999
Folder 6: Dean Jerrold Zar's Correspondence: Journalism, 1987
Folder 7: Dean Jerrold Zar's Correspondence: Leadership in Educational and Sport Organizations, 2001
Folder 8: Dean Jerrold Zar's Correspondence: Minorities, (1990-2001)
Folder 9: Dean Jerrold Zar's Correspondence: National Council for Science and the Environment, 1999-2000
Folder 10: Dean Jerrold Zar's Correspondence: NIU Centennial Convocation, 1994-1995
Folder 11: Dean Jerrold Zar's Correspondence: Northern Illinois University Law, circa 1996
Folder 12: Dean Jerrold Zar's Correspondence: Nursing - Research Grants, 1990
Folder 13: Dean Jerrold Zar's Correspondence: Online Instruction, circa 1999
Folder 14: Dean Jerrold Zar's Correspondence: Performance Learning Systems, 1989-1992
Folder 15: Dean Jerrold Zar's Correspondence: Peterson's, 2001-2002
Folder 16: Dean Jerrold Zar's Correspondence: Physics Frontier Center, 2001
Folder 17: Dean Jerrold Zar's Correspondence: Plant Molecular Biology Center, 1984-1986, 1990
Folder 18: Dean Jerrold Zar's Correspondence: Presidential Research Professorships, 2001
Folder 19: Dean Jerrold Zar's Correspondence: Public Administration and Law, Joint Degree, 2000
Folder 20: Dean Jerrold Zar's Correspondence: Radiation Safety, 2000
Folder 21: Dean Jerrold Zar's Correspondence: Registration and Records, 1990-1993, 2002
Folder 22: Dean Jerrold Zar's Correspondence: Research, 1987, 1992-1994
Folder 23: Dean Jerrold Zar's Correspondence: Research Animals, 1999
Folder 24: Dean Jerrold Zar's Correspondence: Rockford, 1999
Folder 25: Dean Jerrold Zar's Correspondence: Rhoten A. Smith Assistantship Fund, 2001
Folder 26: Dean Jerrold Zar's Correspondence: Social Science Research Institute, 1992
Folder 27: Dean Jerrold Zar's Correspondence: Special Education, 1993
Folder 28: Dean Jerrold Zar's Correspondence: STAT LAB, 2000-2002
Folder 29: Dean Jerrold Zar's Correspondence: Student Association, 1998
Folder 30: Dean Jerrold Zar's Correspondence: Student Judicial Office, 1990-1991
Folder 31: Dean Jerrold Zar's Correspondence: Supportive Professional Staff, 1987
Folder 32: Dean Jerrold Zar's Correspondence: Teaching and Learning, Tuition Waivers, 2001
Folder 33: Dean Jerrold Zar's Correspondence: Technology Commercialization Office (TCO), (1990-2002)
Folder 34: Dean Jerrold Zar's Correspondence: University Enterprises, Incorporated, 1989
Folder 35: Dean Jerrold Zar's Correspondence: University Libraries, Qualifying Papers, 1986
Folder 36: Dean Jerrold Zar's Correspondence: University Press, 1986, 2002
Folder 37: Dean Jerrold Zar's Correspondence: Thomas C. Wiegele Dissertation Completion Award, 1992, 2000
Folder 38: Graduate Council, Summary of Minutes; and List of Graduate Council Meeting Dates, (1993-2002), 1951-2002

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