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Xavier University Academic Organization Committee records

Identifier: XUA-35

Scope and Content

This collection includes memos, letters and reports pertaining to the work of the committee, 1983 to 1988.


  • Creation: 1983-1988


Restrictions on Access

Restricted access. Please contact the Xavier University Archives staff.

History of Xavier University Academic Organization Committee

The Academic Organization Task Force (later called the Academic Organization Committee) was organized in April, 1983 in order to study and give recommendations on the university's academic structure. It's report was submitted in December, 1983, resulting in the Board of Trustees making structural changes in 1984. Later recommendations in structural changes followed which were again approved by the Board of Trustees.

In early 1983, the Dean of the Graduate School resigned and the Academic Vice President decided to take this opportunity to assess the effectiveness of Xavier's overall academic organization and structure. In a memo to the faculty dated April 13, 1983, he announced the formation of a Task Force of 7 persons, chaired by Dr. Roger Fortin, to study and evaluate the university's academic organization. The task force submitted its report to the Academic Vice President on December 13, 1983. After much discussion and debate, the Board of Trustees approved a series of changes in the academic structure including the introduction of a College of Professional Studies replacing Edgecliff College. This occurred in March, 1984, and was announced to the faculty in a memo from Dr. Fortin dated May 15, 1984. Sometime in the early fall of 1986 the Task Force, now called a committee, was reconstituted with 3 additional members recommended by the Faculty Committee. This Committee recommended further changes in the academic structure, the most important of which was that the College of Professional Studies be renamed the College of Social Sciences. The Board of Trustees approved these changes in March, 1988. On June 1, 2007, the College of Social Sciences became the College of Social Sciences, Health and Education. The charge of the original task force was stated in Academic Vice President John Minahan's memo of April 13, 1983: "I have asked the Task Force to consider the question of whether or not our present organizational structure is the best and most effective for the operation of academic affairs units at Xavier University."


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This is a collection of records pertaining to the work of the Academic Organization Task Force (later termed the Academic Organization Committee). The collection is not complete and some key documents are missing.

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Materials are arranged chronologically.

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Part of the University Archives and Special Collections, Xavier University Library Repository

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