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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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Box 18
Folder 1-5: Dean Jerrold Zar's Correspondence, January 2, 1996-September 3, 1997
Box 19
Folder 1-5: Dean Jerrold Zar's Correspondence, September 4, 1997-November 19, 1999
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Folder 1-5: Dean Jerrold Zar's Correspondence, November 19, 1999-June 28, 2001
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Folder 1-2: Dean Jerrold Zar's Correspondence, June 2 , 2001-May 28, 2002
Folder 3-8: Board of Regents, April 25, 1985-May, 1996
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Folder 1-2: Graduate Assistants General Information, 1981, May 9, 1990-September 14, 2000
Folder 3: Illinois Board of Higher Education, December 5, 1991-May 1992
Folder 4: Illinois Board of Higher Education Reports, January 8, 1991-November 26, 1991
Folder 5: Institute for Illinois, November 15, 1985-May 3, 1988
Folder 6-7: Illinois Resource Network, September 10, 1984-November 3, 1988
Folder 8: Tuition Waiver Program for Employee, November 13, 1998
Folder 9: Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies E-mail Correspondence, 2013-2014

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