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Finding aid for the Kent State University Honors College records

Repository: Kent State University Libraries. Special Collections and Archives.
Title: Kent State University Honors College records
Inclusive Date(s): 1961-2006
Bulk Date(s): 1969-1983
Author: Finding aid prepared by Heather Flynn
Creation: Finding aid encoded by Heather Flynn using the OhioLINK EAD Application in 2010
Origination: Kent State University. Honors College
Extent: 4 cubic feet (4 record storage boxes)
Physical Location: 11th Floor
Finding Aid Identifier: OhKeUSC0113
Abstract: These records, dating from 1961-2006, largely consists of the official and administrative papers created by Donald "Mac" Hassler during his time as Dean of the Honors and Experimental College and by others involved in Honors from 1969-1983. These records include the proposals for the experimental programs, the foundation of the religious studies and women studies programs at Kent State University, and publications of catalogs, newsletters, literary magazines, pamphlets, and academic journal articles by the Honors College.
Language(s): The records are in English

History of Kent State University Honors College

The Honors College at Kent State University was first established in 1933 with the first student thesis published in 1934. As the Honors College grew in the 1960s, the first scholarships were offered, Honors versions of departmental courses were offered, and the Honors program began to coordinate high-school early admission programs and advance placement. However, the Honors College reached a significant turning point during the aftermath of the Kent State Shootings on May 4, 1970, creating the Experimental Programs. The Experimental Programs established various courses taught by teacher-guides (voluntary faculty and community members) to address an array of social issues. Due to the creation of the Experimental Programs, during this time period, the Honors College would become known as the Honors and Experimental College. The Honors College also became the coordinator of the university's artist/lecture series on campus. It would also implement a major test competition for scholarships for a number of years (which would later be abandoned) and the Creative Artist Award freshman scholarship. By the 1980s, regional campuses of Kent State University began their own sections of Honors. In 2006, the Honors College celebrated the grand opening of the new Honors Facility in the rebuilt Stopher and Johnson Residence Halls.

Scope and Content

The Kent State University Honors College records include correspondences, course and catalog planning, and notes by the Dean of the Honors and Experimental College Donald "Mac" Hassler from 1976-1983. Also included are correspondence, minutes, and reports conducted by the Honors College Policy Council (HOCOPOCO) and the Committee on Innovative Change (the committee which established the Experimental Programs). Also included are various student and program publications including the literary magazines Ana, 1301 H, and Colloquy, Honors newsletters, "New Book" orientation books, event announcements, and brochures/pamphlets distributed by the Honors College. The notes included in the records range from course and catalog planning and HOCOPOCO meetings and projects to more minor notes on miscellaneous issues.

Statement of Arrangement

The Kent State University Honors College records are divided into series as follows:
Series 1: Administrative Files
Subseries 1: Correspondence
Subseries 2: Annual Reports
Subseries 3: Scholarships
Subseries 4: Other Administrative Files (Arranged Alphabetically)
Series 2: Curricular and Program Information Files
Subseries 1: Catalogs
Subseries 2: Manuals
Subseries 3: History of the Program
Subseries 4: Faculty and Student Orientations
Subseries 5: Program Policies, Procedures, and Proposals
Subseries 6: Reports
Subseries 7: Development of Religious Studies Program
Subseries 8: Development of Women Studies Program
Subseries 9: Workshops, Events, and Other Program Information
Subseries 10: Quarterly Planning
Series 3: Honors College Policy Advisory Council (HOCOPOCO) Files
Series 4: Committee on Innovative Change Files
Series 5: Student Files
Subseries 1: Student Information
Subseries 2: Student Publications
Series 6: Program Publication Files
Subseries 1: Brochures and Pamphlets
Subseries 2: Events and Announcements
Subseries 3: Publicity Materials
Subseries 4: 'New Book' Publications
Subseries 5: Newsletters


Preferred Citation

Kent State University Honors College records. Kent State University Libraries. Special Collections and Archives.

Acquisition Information

The records are acquired from the Kent State University Honors College on a continual basis. The records contributed by Donald "Mac" Hassler were acquired in 1983.

Accruals

Additional materials are added to this collection on a continual basis.

Bibliography

Kent State University. "About the Honors College." Accessed October 22, 2010. http://www.kent.edu/honors/about/index.cfm.

Subject Headings
The following subjects are found in this collection:

Subjects:
Universities and colleges -- Honors courses -- Ohio
Universities and colleges -- Curricula -- Ohio
Kent State University. Honors College -- Archives
Kent State University. Honors College -- History
Kent State University -- History
Persons:
Hassler, Donald M.
Organizations/Corporations:
Kent State University. Honors College
Kent State University. Honors and Experimental College
Functions:
Education, Higher -- Administration
Places:
Kent (Ohio)
Occupations:
College administrators
Material Types:
Administrative records
Annual reports
Brochures
Correspondence
Minutes
Pamphlets
Programs
Proposals
Publications
Reports



Detailed Description of The Collection

Series 1: Administrative Files, 1961-1997

Subseries 1: Correspondence, 1971-1981
Box 1 / Folder 1
Correspondence, Advisory Council, 1980
Box 1 / Folder 2
Correspondence, College Faculty, 1971-1979
Box 1 / Folder 3
Correspondence, HOCOPOCO, 1979
Box 1 / Folder 4
Correspondence, HOCOPOCO, 1980
Box 1 / Folder 5
Correspondence Prior to HOCOPOCO 10 Year Review, 1980
Box 1 / Folder 6
Correspondence, Scholarships, 1978-1981

Subseries 2: Annual Reports, 1961-1968
Box 1 / Folder 7
Annual Report, 1961-1963
Box 1 / Folder 8
Annual Report, 1963-1964
Box 1 / Folder 9
Annual Report, 1965-1966
Box 1 / Folder 10
Annual Report, 1966-1968

Subseries 3: Scholarships, 1971-1997
Box 1 / Folder 11
Distinguished Scholar Examinations Master Copies and Statistics, 1971-1977
Scope and Content
Formerly restricted file due containing test keys for the Distinguished Scholar Examination tests. The scholarship test is no longer in use; thus, the restriction has been lifted.
Box 1 / Folder 12
Scholarship Information, 1974-1997

Subseries 4: Other Administrative Files, 1972-1982
Arrangement
Arranged Alphabetically
Box 1 / Folder 13
Faculty and Course Grading Decisions, 1978
Box 1 / Folder 14
Faculty Problems Addressed, 1976-1978
Box 1 / Folder 15
Faculty Salaries Problems Addressed, 1980
Box 1 / Folder 16
National Conferences, 1977-1978
Box 1 / Folder 17
Program Courses Problems Addressed, 1982
Box 1 / Folder 18
Program Grant Issue, 1975
Box 1 / Folder 19
Program Problems Addressed, 1973-1975
Box 1 / Folder 20
Program Problems Addressed, 1975
Box 1 / Folder 21
Tufts University--Massachusetts Experimental College Program, 1972
Box 1 / Folder 22
Union for Experimental Colleges and Universities (UECU), circa 1975-1976
Box 1 / Folder 23
University of Pittsburgh Honors Program, 1980
Box 1 / Folder 24
University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee Honors Program, 1977

Series 2: Curricular and Program Information Files, circa 1960-1987

Subseries 1: Catalogs, circa 1960-1987
Box 1 / Folder 25
Program Catalogs and Freshman Colloquium Catalogs, Undated, circa 1960-1987
Box 1 / Folder 26
Choices, Honors Catalog, 1979-1984
Box 1 / Folder 27
Mini-Catalog, Experimental Program Division of Honors Catalog, 1974-1975
Box 1 / Folder 28
Mini-Catalog, Experimental Program Division of Honors Catalog, 1976-1977
Box 1 / Folder 29
Mini-Catalog, Experimental Program Division of Honors Catalog, 1978-1979
Box 1 / Folder 30
Mini-Catalog, Experimental Program Division of Honors Catalog, 1979-1981
Box 1 / Folder 31
Mini-Catalog, Experimental Program Division of Honors Catalog, 1982-1986

Subseries 2: Manuals, circa 1975-1981
Box 1 / Folder 32
Getting Started, Student Handbook for Regional Campuses, 1981
Box 1 / Folder 33
Teaching Manuals, circa 1975-1979

Subseries 3: History of Program, 1972-1983
Box 2 / Folder 1
Historical Information on Honors and Experimental College Program, 1972-1979
Scope and Content
Historical Information on Honors and Experimental College file contains a graduate student's thesis on the Honors Program and the development of the Experimental College in the 1970s and his notes, correspondences, etc. in researching the program's history. The dissertation is titled A Chronicle of the Honors and Experimental College of Kent State University by Frank J. Mendiola. Information contained in his research ranges from 1933 (the beginning of the program) to 1979 (the time he composed the thesis). Correspondences, course information, and other documents date from 1972-1979.
Box 2 / Folder 2
Honors College History compiled by Wilma Crawford, undated
Box 2 / Folder 3
News Clippings, 1972-1983

Subseries 4: Faculty and Student Orientations, 1977-1981
Box 2 / Folder 4
Faculty Orientation, 1977-1978
Box 2 / Folder 5
Faculty Orientation, 1979-1981
Box 2 / Folder 6
Faculty and Student Instructors/"Teacher-Guides" Orientation, 1980-1981
Box 2 / Folder 7
Student Orientation, 1981

Subseries 5: Program Policies, Procedures, and Proposals, 1961-1981
Box 2 / Folder 8
Program Policies and Procedures, Includes Honors Manuals, 1961-1986
Box 2 / Folder 9
Program Policies and Procedures, Office of Dean, 1966-1978
Box 2 / Folder 10
Co-Curricular Experiences Proposal, 1978
Box 2 / Folder 11
New Clusters Proposal, 1980-1981

Subseries 6: Reports, 1970-1981
Box 2 / Folder 12
Academic Excellence as Public Policy Report, 1981
Box 2 / Folder 13
Rationale of Continuing the Experimental Programs Division of Honors during 1973, 1970-1975
Box 2 / Folder 14
Report on Clusters of Concern Classes, 1974
Box 2 / Folder 15
Report on Experimental Course 10295 "Frontiers of the University," Fall Quarter, 1974, 1975
Box 2 / Folder 16
Report on Experimental Programs, 1980
Box 2 / Folder 17
Report on Experimental Programs Clusters, 1980-1981, 1980-1981
Box 2 / Folder 18
Report on Student Attitudes (1972-1975), 1975
Box 2 / Folder 19
Report on Student Attitude Questionnaire, 1978, 1978
Box 2 / Folder 20
Who are Our Freshman and What Have They Told Us? (1979-1980), 1980

Subseries 7: Development of Religious Studies Program, 1974-1979
Scope and Content
In the 1970s, the Experimental College Program division of Honors added various religious studies courses to the program's curriculum. The material in this subseries provides documentation on the eventual development of a Religious Studies program that grew out of the Honors/Experimental offerings.
Box 2 / Folder 21
Development of Religious Studies Program, 1974-1975
Box 2 / Folder 22
Development of Religious Studies Program, 1976
Box 2 / Folder 23
Development of Religious Studies Program, 1976-1977
Box 2 / Folder 24
Development of Religious Studies Program, 1977-1978
Box 2 / Folder 25
Development of Religious Studies Program, 1978-1979

Subseries 8: Development of Women Studies Program, 1974-1979
Scope and Content
In the 1970s, the Experimental College Program division of Honors added various women's studies courses to the program's curriculum. The material in this subseries provides documentation on the eventual development of a Women's Studies program that grew out of the Honors/Experimental offerings.
Box 2 / Folder 26
Development of Women Studies Program, Proposed Projects, 1974-1975
Box 2 / Folder 27
Development of Women Studies Program, Research, 1976
Box 2 / Folder 28
Development of Women Studies Program, 1976
Box 2 / Folder 29
Development of Women Studies Program, 1978-1979

Subseries 9: Workshops, Events, and Other Program Information, 1975-1981
Arrangement
Arranged Alphabetically
Box 2 / Folder 30
Academic Honors Week, 1979-1980
Box 2 / Folder 31
"Business Executive in Residence", 1975
Box 2 / Folder 32
"Business Executive in Residence", 1978
Box 2 / Folder 33
Development of Honors at Regional Campuses, 1975-1980
Box 2 / Folder 34
Non-Traditional Programs, 1977
Box 2 / Folder 35
Teaching Colloquium, 1979
Box 2 / Folder 36
Workshops, 1973
Box 2 / Folder 37
Workshops, 1981

Subseries 10: Quarterly Planning, 1974-1983
Box 3 / Folder 1
Quarterly Planning, Spring and Fall 1975, 1974-1975
Box 3 / Folder 2
Quarterly Planning, Spring 1976, 1975-1976
Box 3 / Folder 3
Quarterly Planning, Fall 1976, 1976
Box 3 / Folder 4
Quarterly Planning, Winter 1976, 1975-1976
Box 3 / Folder 5
Quarterly Planning, Spring 1977, 1976-1977
Box 3 / Folder 6
Quarterly Planning, Fall 1977, 1977
Box 3 / Folder 7
Quarterly Planning, Fall 1977, Catalog Planning, 1977
Box 3 / Folder 8
Quarterly Planning, Winter 1977, 1976-1977
Box 3 / Folder 9
Quarterly Planning, Spring 1978, 1977-1978
Box 3 / Folder 10
Quarterly Planning, Fall 1978, 1978
Box 3 / Folder 11
Quarterly Planning, Winter 1978, 1977-1978
Box 3 / Folder 12
Quarterly Planning, Spring 1979, 1978-1979
Box 3 / Folder 13
Quarterly Planning, Fall 1979, 1979
Box 3 / Folder 14
Quarterly Planning, Winter 1979, 1978-1979
Box 3 / Folder 15
Quarterly Planning, Spring 1980, 1979-1980
Box 3 / Folder 16
Quarterly Planning, Fall 1980, 1980
Box 3 / Folder 17
Quarterly Planning, Spring 1981, 1980-1981
Box 3 / Folder 18
Quarterly Planning, Fall 1981, 1981
Box 3 / Folder 19
Quarterly Planning, Spring 1982, 1981-1982
Box 3 / Folder 20
Quarterly Planning, Fall 1982, 1981-1982
Box 3 / Folder 21
Quarterly Planning, Spring 1983, 1982-1983

Series 3: Honors College Policy Advisory Council (HOCOPOCO) Files, 1970-1994
Box 4 / Folder 1
HOCOPOCO, 1971 Minutes, 1971
Box 4 / Folder 2
HOCOPOCO, 1974 and 1979-1980 Minutes, 1974-1980
Box 4 / Folder 3
HOCOPOCO, Examination Aids Center, 1977
Box 4 / Folder 4
HOCOPOCO, Administrative Policies Regarding Experimental Programs, 1981
Box 4 / Folder 5
HOCOPOCO, Experimental College Program, 1970-1994
Box 4 / Folder 6
HOCOPOCO, Experimental College Programs Evaluations and Revisions, 1980
Box 4 / Folder 7
HOCOPOCO, Experimental College Programs Evaluations and Revisions, Undated, circa 1980-1981
Box 4 / Folder 8
HOCOPOCO, Honors and Experimental College Program 10 Year Review, 1980

Series 4: Committee on Innovative Change Files, 1961-1977
Box 4 / Folder 9
Ad Hoc Committee on Innovative Change, 1961-1977

Series 5: Student Files, 1934-2004

Subseries 1: Student Information, 1964-1985
Box 4 / Folder 10
Lists of Students, 1964-1977
Box 4 / Folder 11
Photograph of Honors Students, Undated, circa 1970-1985

Subseries 2: Student Publications, 1934-2004
Box 4 / Folder 12
1301H Literary Magazine, 1969
Box 4 / Folder 13
ANA Literary Magazine, 1981-1985
Box 4 / Folder 14
Colloquy, 2002-2004
Box 4 / Folder 15
Bibliography of Honors Thesis/Projects, 1934-1978
Box 4 / Folder 16
Bibliography of Honors Thesis/Projects, 2001-2002

Series 6: Program Publications, circa 1960-2008

Subseries 1: Brochures and Pamphlets, circa 1960-2008
Box 4 / Folder 17
Program Publications, Brochures and Pamphlets, Honors, Undated, circa 1960-2008
Box 4 / Folder 18
Program Publications, Brochures and Pamphlets, Scholarships, 1980-1997
Box 4 / Folder 19
Program Publications, Brochures and Pamphlets, Summer Opportunities, 1978-1993
Box 4 / Folder 20
Program Publications, Brochures and Pamphlets, Miscellaneous, Undated, circa 1970-1985

Subseries 2: Events and Announcements, circa 1970-2008
Box 4 / Folder 21
Program Publications, Events, Guest-of-Honor Lecture Series, 1987-2008
Box 4 / Folder 22
Program Publications, Events, Honors Sponsored Events, circa 1970-2008
Box 4 / Folder 23
Program Publications, Events, Honors Week, 1974-1998
Box 4 / Folder 24
Program Publications, Events, Conference of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) at Kent State University, 1979
Box 4 / Folder 25
Program Publications, Events, Intellectual Frolic: 70th Anniversary of Honors, 2003

Subseries 3: Publicity Materials, circa 1991-2008
Box 4 / Folder 26
Publicity Mass Mailings, Undated, circa 1991-2008

Subseries 4: New Book Publications, 1976-1981
Box 4 / Folder 27
The New Book, 1976
Box 4 / Folder 28
The New Book, 1981

Subseries 5: Newsletters, 1965-2006
Box 4 / Folder 29
Honors College Bulletin, 1965-1966
Box 4 / Folder 30
Honors Newsletter, 1964-1965
Box 4 / Folder 31
Honors Newsletter, 1971-1979
Box 4 / Folder 32
Honors Newsletter, 1980-1989
Box 4 / Folder 33
Honors Newsletter, 1994-2006
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