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Guide to the San José State University Academic Senate Records
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Series I:  Administrative Files 1952-2004 bulk(1970-1999)

Physical Description: 87 Boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

The materials in this series document the rich history of the SJSU Academic Senate and its role in campus governance. The Senate has and continues to play a primary role in establishing standards for faculty recruitment, retention, and promotion, as well as policies governing student performance and student life. During the Civil Rights movement, issues related to student activism and protest led to more diverse policies that addressed housing discrimination and equity on campus. Following the tumult of this era, SJSU witnessed a steady growth in enrollment and today the Academic Senate continues to provide important leadership to the campus community and in the California State University system.
The Academic Senate administrative files contain meeting minutes, committee files, budget records, and correspondence. This series also includes files related to the Athletic Department's programs, including the elimination of the fencing program and other program decisions made during the tenure of President Gail Fullerton (1978-1991). Of special note, the materials documenting the Koehmstedt civil rights case, which challenged the university's accommodation policies for students with learning disabilities, will be of interest to scholars tracing the history of disability policies in the academic environment.


This series is arranged chronologically by date range.
Boxes 1-25

Administrative Files 1952-1992

Athletics Department files in Box 21.
Boxes 26-27

Council Minutes 1952-1997

Boxes 28-40

Committee Meeting Files, Correspondence, and Attendance Records 1952-2002

Boxes 41-43

Administrative and Correspondence Files 1957-1997

Boxes 44-57

Meeting Minutes 1960-2002

Boxes 58-59

Academic Council 1965-1979

Box 60

Academic Senate: Retreat and Teacher Education 1966

Box 61

Senate Policy Recommendation 1975-1990

Box 62

General Files, California Propositions, Athletics Department 1977-1985

Box 63

Organization and Government 1977-1996

Box 64

Correspondence 1981-1991

Box 65

Budget, General Files, Athletics Department 1982-1999

Box 66

SJSU Strategic Plan and Budget, Minutes, and Correspondence 1985-1988

Box 67

WASC Files Regarding Accreditation 1988-1994

Box 68

General Files of Statewide CSU Academic Senate 1988-1989

Box 69

Lottery Funds 1988-1992

Boxes 70-72

Correspondence: Academic Vice President's Office 1990-1994

Box 73

Educational Equity 1990-1996

Box 74

Library Personnel Search, Koehmstedt Civil Rights Case 1990-1993

Boxes 75-76

Personnel Files 1990-1994

Box 77

Council of Deans, General Files 1991-1995

Box 78

Assorted Files 1995

Boxes 82-84

Meeting Minutes 1977-2002

Box 85

Notes, Handbooks 1980-1990

Box 86

General Files, Committee Files 1994-2003

Boxes 87-88

Administrative Files, Student Related Files 1995-2000

Box 89

Files from AS Committees 1997-2000

Box 90

Budget, Accounting 2002-2004


Series II: Economics Department 1974-1979

Physical Description: 3 Boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

The material in this series contains files and audio tapes concerning the Economics Department at San José State University from 1974-1979. During the 1970s, the department faculty fragmented as a result of different philosophies in education and over departmental politics. The controversy began when SJSU President John H. Bunzel (1970-1978) chose to ignore the Economics Department's choice for department chairman, Martin Primack, and instead appointed James Willis. Due to political and ethical issues between two factions of the department, the Economics Department had difficulties performing even basic personnel functions such as recruiting. SJSU President Bunzel (1970-1978) subsequently appointed a special receivership committee to handle administrative functions of the Economics Department without the authorization of the Academic Senate. The Academic Senate opposed this action and censured Bunzel in 1975, partially because Bunzel failed to consult the Senate on such an unprecedented move.


This series is arranged chronologically by date range.
Box 79

Testimonies, Legal Proceedings 1974

Box 80

Economics Department Investigation 1974-1976

Box 81

Testimonies, General Files 1979