North Central Association Higher Education Commission File, 1909, 1911, 1913-25
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Brief Description:

File of the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, kept by the Commission's secretary, Kendric C. Babcock (1864-1932), Dean of the college of Liberal Arts and Sciences (1913-31), including minutes (1917-23), correspondence (1915-25) and statistical questionnaires (1917-23), relating to enrollment, size of classes, graduation, departments, curricula, faculty degrees and hours of instruction, salaries and resources and income.

The aim of the Association, founded in 1895, was "to establish closer relations between the secondary schools and the institutions of higher education within the North Central states and such other territory as the Association may recognize."  The Commission corresponded with universities, colleges, junior colleges, and normal schools for the purpose of standardizing, inspecting and classifying the institutions accredited by the Association and appearing in its annual list.

The series includes minutes (1909, 1911, 1913-18) of the National Conference Committee on Standards of Colleges and Secondary Schools.

Held at:
University of Illinois Archives
19 Library
1408 W. Gregory Dr.
Urbana, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 333-0798
Fax: (217) 333-2868
Email: illiarch [at]
Record Series Number: 15/1/51
Created by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Volume: 2.3 cubic feet
Acquired: 9/1963
Arrangement: Topically and chronologically thereunder
Biographical Note for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. College of Liberal Arts and Sciences :

The dean's office of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences was formed in 1913, when the College of Literature and the Arts and the College of Science were combined.1

The primary duties of the dean are that of chief executive officer of the college and agent of the college faculty for the execution of the college educational policy. Among his other duties, the dean calls and presides over faculty meetings, makes faculty appointments and promotions, prepares the budget, and oversees the registration of the students.2

Under the dean are the four schools (Life Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Chemical Sciences) and 75 fields of study which comprise the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.3 This includes the administration of the General Curriculum, which was formerly the Division of General Studies, and is for freshmen and sophomores who have not chosen a field of study yet.4

1. Board of Trustees Transactions, 27th Report, March 11, 1913, p. 200.

2. Faculty Handbook of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 1968-69, p. 10.

3. Undergraduate Programs, 1977-79, p. 313-14.

4. Board of Trustees Transactions, 54th Report, April 17, 1968, p. 996.

Subject Index
Higher Education
North Central Association
Secondary Schools
Genres/Forms of Material
Languages of Materials
English [eng]