The first students to do graduate work enrolled in 1877, leading to the awarding of the first master's degree in 1878.1 However, a graduate program was not set up until 1891.2 The Graduate School was formally organized in 1907, after appropriation of funds by the Illinois General Assembly.3 Its name was changed to the Graduate College in 1947, in anticipation of its new significance in the University organization.4 In 1968, the Board of Trustees provided for separate Graduate Colleges on each of three University campuses.5 The Graduate College has the responsibility of developing and safeguarding standards of graduate work and promoting and assisting research by faculty members.6 It provides assistance and supervision to other degree-granting units on the campus.7
In 1974, the Board of Trustees added the title of Vice Chancellor for Research to Dean of the Graduate College to more accurately describe the responsibilities vested in the college.8
--7/1 Dean's Office
--7/2 Executive Committee
1. Dietz, Frederick C., History of the Graduate College, (carbon typescript, 1957), p. 3.
2. Ibid., p. 5.
3. Board of Trustees Transactions, 24th Report, June 10, 1907, p. 133.
4. Board of Trustees Transactions, 44th Report, October 30, 1947, p. 885.
5. Board of Trustees Transactions, 54th Report, January 17, 1968, p. 884-885.
6. University Statutes, 1972, p. 19-20.
7. Graduate College Catalog, 1976-78, p. 9.
8. Board of Trustees Transactions, 57th Report, June 19, 1974, p. 581.
Description: Correspondence and memoranda sent to and received from departments and units offering programs of graduate study, including proposals for graduate programs; dropping and adding courses; changes in course credit, descriptions, and prerequisites; procedures for examinations; appointments to the Graduate Faculty; and the establishment of the Graduate College at the Chicago Circle campus in 1967-68. The series contains extensive documentation on the establishment of the M.B.A. program at Urbana-Champaign. The series usually includes a general correspondence folder and a "courses" folder for each department or unit. Principal correspondents are deans, associate deans, and administrative assistants of the Graduate College; and deans of colleges, chairpersons and heads of departments, and directors of institutes and centers offering graduate programs. Boxes 1-7 contain materials from the Urbana-Champaign campus; Box 8 contains materials from the Chicago Circle campus.