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General Education Program records

 Collection — Box: 1-24
Identifier: 50-4-953

Scope and Contents

Accession #00-111 was organized according to appropriate subject categories, accession #86-065 was organized by course proposals and outlines and accession #87-046 was arranged chronologically.


  • 1975-1991


Language of Materials

Collection material in English.

Terms of Access

General Education Program Records, 1975-1991, are open for research.


Copyright is held by the State University of New York at Buffalo, University Archives. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the University Archives before publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.

Historical Note

In 1977 an advisory committee was formed by the Vice President for Academic Affairs in order to re-examine the General Education Program at the State University of New York at Buffalo. It was initially formed in a response "to a growing dissatisfaction with the ways in which challenges to the required structure of undergraduate education were met by faculty and administration in the late 1960s" ("Preliminary Report," January 31, 1977). Their main purpose was to explore which subjects all students should include in their undergraduate studies and "recommend a future for General Education at the University," (Report, 1977).

Between 1977-1989 the advisory committee reviewed various course, researched other institutions' programs, and re-designed the General Education Program that shaped the required courses for all undergraduate students at the university.


9.8 Linear Feet (23 manuscript boxes, 1 half manuscript box)


Records documenting the formation of the General Education Program. Includes meeting minutes, correspondence, proposals, course information and faculty vitas.


This collection is arranged in three series and subseries: I. Development, II. Correspondence II.A. General Education Programs II.B. Basic Skills II.C. Committee III. Courses III.A. Foreign Language or Cross-Cultural Studies III.B. Health and Life Sciences III.C. Historical and Philosophical Studies III.D. Literature and Arts III.E. Physical Science, Technology and Mathematics III.F. Social and Behavioral Studies

Acquisition Information

Records transferred on August 14, 2000 to the University Archives as collection #00-111 by Thomas E. Headrick, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor, former Dean and Provost of the School of Law. Collections #86-065 (Undergraduate Education Course Proposals and General Education Committees, 1970s) and #87-046 (General Education Committee Meeting Minutes, 1979-1985) were later merged with the initial collection.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Related Resources

Liz Kennedy Papers, 1961-1993

Separated Materials

3/12/00-6 Course descriptions and handbooks removed.

Biographical files Faculty resumes removed.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Jen Goul and Jessica Tanny, October 2004.


Finding Aid for the General Education Program records
Finding aid prepared by Jen Goul and Jessica Tanny.
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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