Fonds I038 - Academic Planning Office fonds

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Academic Planning Office fonds

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  • Textual record
  • Architectural drawing
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I038

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  • 1936 - 1986, mainly 1961 - 1984 (Creation)
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    Concordia University. Academic Planning Office

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8.95 m of textual records
7 posters
1 architectural drawing
1 photograph

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(1967 -)

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The Sir George Williams University Academic Planning Committee originated in 1963 resulting from a widely-held feeling that academic growth was suffering from a lack of direction and cohesion. It was founded on a somewhat ad hoc basis to establish comprehensive consultative procedures for the University at the time the Hall Building was being planned and constructed. Its mandate at that time was:

Initially it was independent of the formal University structure, the principal link being the Vice Principal (Academic) who was both Chairman of the Committee and the Chair of University Council.

In the spring of 1967, after discussion within University Council, it was decided that the Committee would become a sub-committee of University Council.

The principal achievements for the initial period of 1963-1967 are the following: planning and consideration of the first graduate programmes; detailed examination of the Parent Commission Report; review of new areas into which the institution might move; establishment of ongoing five-year projections, submitted by all departments and reviewed annually.

Mr. James H. Whitelaw joined Sir George in 1954 as the first head of what became the Department of Modern Languages. In November of '67, he was appointed to the position of Curriculum Coordinator, and in 1971, he became Associate Vice-Principal (Academic Planning). Subsequently, in 1974-1975, 1976-1977 and 1977-1978 he was named Associate Vice-Rector (Academic Planning), and finally, from 1978 up to his retirement, in June 1984, he occupied the position of Associate Vice-Rector (Academic).

Through Chairman Whitelaw, the Academic Planning Committee was very involved in the developing of English speaking CEGEPs in Quebec.

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Fonds provides information on the activities of the Academic Planning Office from 1967 to 1984, years for which J. H. Whitelaw was Curriculum Coordinator, Associate Vice-Rector and Vice-Rector (Academic). It also provides information on related activities in which J. H. Whitelaw was involved from 1961-1984.

Fonds contains mainly curriculum, statistics, textual records, correspondence, minutes, reports, press clippings, procedures and policies. The fonds is organized according to the following series:

I038/01 Associations
I038/02 Budget
I038/03 Budget Control and Accounting
I038/04 Committees
I038/05 Computer Facilities and Operations
I038/06 Cooperation and Exchange Activities
I038/07 Curriculum & Programmes
I038/08 Departmental Affairs
I038/09 Financing
I038/10 General Correspondence
I038/11 Publications
I038/12 Relations / Services External
I038/13 Relations / Services Internal
I038/14 Research Activities
I038/15 Staff General
I038/16 Staff Teaching
I038/17 Statistics
I038/18 Student Life
I038/19 University Organizations, Policy and Planning

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1 folded architectural drawing of the Sir George Williams University campus site is stuck together, because of water damage.

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Fonds is arranged in 19 series in alphabetical order, according to the University Filing System.

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  • English

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Most of the records are in English, many are in French.

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