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Allen Collegiate Center Records

1968-1978

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Abstract

The collection consists chiefly of administrative paper records from the University at Albany's Allen Collegiate Center, operational from 1972-1976. The experimental center combined the senior year of high school with the freshman year of college so that students could earn a bachelor’s degree in three years.

Summary

Creator:
State University of New York at Albany. Allen Collegiate Center
Date Coverage:
1968-1978
Quantity:
3.5 cubic ft. (about 3.5 boxes)

The Allen Collegiate Center was established in 1972 by the University at Albany, SUNY’s Board of Trustees upon recommendation of student-faculty governance bodies. The experimental Center combined the senior year of high school with the freshman year of college so that students could earn a bachelor’s degree in three years. The Center was located on the University's downtown campus in Albany, New York.

The Center was an indirect response to criticisms during the late 1960s and early 1970s directed at the higher education system in the United States. Discontents included the system's formality, structure, length, accessibility, and overall practicality after graduation. The Allen Center was directly influenced by experimental colleges New England, especially in Massachusetts, and experimental colleges in Pennsylvania and California. One of the original planners of the Center was its dean, the late Dr. Seth W. Spellman, Jr.

Teaching methodologies included small, seminar-style classes and short-term course modules that emphasized student participation. Allen Center students had full voting privileges and equal representation alongside faculty on the Center’s standing committees, and were encouraged to provide their feedback on the Center’s day-to-day operations and policies. The Center offered a single, interdisciplinary major, "Man and His Institutians" (MAI), which attempted to connect humanity’s social institutions and their influence on contemporary society with classroom learning, extracurricular life, free colloquia, and practical internships. The cohesive implementation of such lofty goals proved challenging for the Center from its planning until its closing. Students who completed the first year of the program had the option to earn their high school diploma from the Milne School, the school connected to the University since 1845 where education students practiced teaching. Allen Center students had several experiential education opportunities and were required to complete an internship within the last two years of study.

The Allen Center closed in 1976 due to the economic austerity measures in the State University system in the 1970s.

Chronology
1967A select committee chaired by the Vice President of Academic Affairs creates a statement policy “New Patterns in Undergraduate Education” which asks that the University at Albany respond to social change.
1968The University Senate adopts the policy.
1968Planning stages begin for an unnamed “experimental college.”
1970The experimental college is tentatively referred to as "Milne College."
1971The estate of the late James E. Allen Jr., former New York State Commissioner of Education, grants use of his name for the college.
1971Seth W. Spellman Jr., professor and past chair of the Department of Africana Studies, is named dean of the college.
1972After preliminary declinations of large-scale grant requests from several institutions, a substantial development grant is received from the Carnegie Foundation.
1972The college’s only major program of study, Man and His Institutions (MAI), is finalized.
197253 students, referred to as the Pilot Project, are recommended for admission into the center's first class.
1973158 new students enroll in the accelerated program.
1975University President Louis T. Benezet makes the decision to close the center, citing budget constraints and university priorities.
1976The center closes at the end of the academic year.

Files consist of records that document the administrative activities of the Allen Collegiate Center. Files contain documentation of planning stages, various committee meeting minutes, conference and professional development activities, correspondence (internal and external), memoranda, course curricula, syllabi, student applications, curricula vitae of faculty, promotional materials, course bulletins, and news clippings. The collection also contains student work, such as the college’s newspaper.

Related collections in the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives include the records of the Department of African American Studies (UA-611), the School of Nursing (UA-629), and the School of Social Welfare (UA-690).

Please note that the folders titled Archival, Rensselaerville 2. Archival 2, and Archival 3 contain materials that were kept by the records creator for posterity and with an enduring legacy in mind.

There are no series. Files are arranged alphabetically by folder title.

All items in this manuscript group were transferred to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives by the Allen Center in 1975 and 1978.

Processed by: Brenden J. McCarthy

In 2017 student transcripts and education records containing grades were deaccessioned from the collection to increase access. This retroactive appraisal action was executed in complaince with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and in accordance with the approved appraisal and disposition Schedule of the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives.

Collection record created by: This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on

Published: 2018-06-05 23:23:33 -0400

Encoded in EAD by Brenden J. McCarthy, 2017

Archival materials can be view in-person during business hours in our reading room, located on the top floor of the Science Library on the Uptown Campus.

We can also deliver digital scans for remote research for a fee.

Access to this collection is unrestricted with the exception of a small number of files noted on the inventory.

Copyright Statement

The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives will provide information about copyright owners and other restrictions, but the legal determination ultimately rests with the researcher. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Identification of specific item, box, folder, Allen Collegiate Center Records, 1968-1978. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Allen Collegiate Center Records).

Contents of Collection

BoxFolderContentsDate

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1 11971 Annual Report1972

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1 21972 Annual Report1973

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1 31972-1976 Man and His Institutions. SyllabiUndated

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1 41974 Annual Report1975

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1 51975 Annual Report1976

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1 61973 Annual Report1974

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1 7AC Outlet1974

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1 8Academic Advisement1972, 1974-1975, Undated

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1 9Academic Probation. Dismissal1973-1976, Undated

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1 10Academic Standing Committee1972-1973, Undated

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1 11Academic Standing Committee [RESTRICTED]1973-1976

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1 12Academic Standing Committee1974-1975, Undated

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1 13Academic Standing Committee Minutes1974

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1 14Admissions1973-1974

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1 15Admissions1975

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1 16Admissions Committee1972

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1 17Admissions Committee1974, Undated

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1 18Admissions Information1972-1975

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1 19Admissions Standards [RESTRICTED]1974-1975

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1 20Allen Center1972, 1974, Undated

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1 21Allen Collegiate Center1974-1975

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1 22An Experimental College1968, Undated

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1 23Application of Matrix Algebra to Social Science1975, Undated

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1 24Archival (1 of 2)1971-1974, Undated

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1 25Archival (2 of 2)1971-1974, Undated

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1 26Archival 3 (1 of 2)1972-1974, Undated

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1 27Archival 3 (2 of 2)1972-1974, Undated

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1 28Associate Dean Search Committee1972-1973

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1 29Atmospheric Science Research Center1972, 1974-1975

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1 30Budget 21972-1975, Undated

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1 31By-Laws1974, Undated

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1 32Calculus and Statistics1973, Undated

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1 33Campus Evaluation of Program1972-1973

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1 34Carnegie Funds. Evans Charles1974-1976

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1 35Catalog [bulletins]1972-1975

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1 36Catalog Copy1972-1975, Undated

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1 37Charges to the Center. Letter from Mr. Benezet1972

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1 38China Revolutionary Change1973

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1 39Closing of Allen Collegiate Center1975

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1 40College Night1972-1974, Undated

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1 41College of General Studies1971-1975

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1 42Colloquium Series1974-1975, Undated

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1 43Commencement Reception1976

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1 44Committee Membership1973-1974, Undated

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1 45Community University Day1975, Undated

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2 1Computer Programming1975, Undated

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2 2Conferring Degrees1970

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2 3Contracts1974, Undated

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2 4Correspondence. External1972-1976, Undated

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2 5Council on Promotions and Continuing Appointments [RESTRICTED]1973-1974

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2 6Council on Promotions and Continuing Appointments1972-1973, 1975

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2 7Counseling Service1972-1973

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2 8Counseling Services. Gabbert and WallaceUndated

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2 9Counselor LetterUndated

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2 10Course Descriptions1973-1975, Undated

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2 11Course Equivalencies1975, Undated

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2 12Courses Registered with Undergraduate Office1972-1975

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2 13Curriculum Committee1973-1974, Undated

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2 14Curriculum Committee1974-1975, Undated

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2 15Curriculum Committee Minutes1972-1975

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2 16Curriculum Proposals1972-1975, Undated

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2 17Dean Search Committee for the Three-Year Bachelorette Program1971-1973, Undated

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2 18Degree Clearance1976, Undated

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2 19Derrick, William [RESTRICTED]1974-1975, Undated

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2 20Description of Program for TransferUndated

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2 21Developmental Positions1973, Undated

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2 22Directories of Students1972, Undated

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2 23Discretionary Increases1974

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2 24Downtown Campus1972, 1974

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2 25Economy1975

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2 26Economy InternshipUndated

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2 27EducationUndated

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2 28Education Department. New York State Aid Study1975, Undated

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2 29Educational Foundation of America1972

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2 30Educational Testing Service1972-1973, 1975

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2 31Empirical MethodologyUndated

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2 32Enrollment Projections Central Office1972-1973

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2 33Environmental Studies1972

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2 34Evaluation Committee Minutes1974

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2 35Evaluation Forms1973, Undated

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2 36Executive Committee1974-1975

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2 37Executive Committee Minutes1972-1975

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2 38Faculty1972-1974, Undated

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2 39Faculty Forums1973-1975, Undated

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2 40Faculty Meetings1972

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2 41Faculty Meetings1973-1975

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2 42Faculty Meetings1974-1976

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2 43Family1974, Undated

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2 44Film Serv 11974-1975

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2 45Financial Aid1972

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2 46First Semester Report to Central Office1973

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2 47Ford Foundation1971, Undated

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2 48Formal Application1972, Undated

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2 49Fund Raising1972

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2 50Gift to Center1973-1975, Undated

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2 51Governance Commission1971

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2 52Governance Structure1972

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2 53Government Internship1975

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2 54Grading1972-1973, 1975

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2 55Graduation Requirements1974-1976

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2 56Grant Applications1974

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3 1Grant Proposals1975, Undated

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3 2Grievance ProcedureUndated

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3 3Guidelines for Early Admission1972

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3 4High Schools Participating in Program [RESTRICTED]1973-1974, 1976-1978, Undated

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3 5Human Development and Communication1972-1973, Undated

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3 6Human Development and Communication1973-1976, Undated

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3 7Humanities1972-1976, Undated

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3 8Humanities Reading List1972-1974, Undated

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3 9Independent StudyUndated

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3 10Information Request Form Letter1972, Undated

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3 11Institutional Research [RESTRICTED]1971-1975, Undated

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3 12Integration1973, Undated

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3 13Internships1974-1975, Undated

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3 14Introduction to the Social and Behavioral1974-1976

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3 15James E. Allen Center1972, 1975, Undated

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3 16Letters of Support1975

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3 17Library Committee1972, 1975

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3 18Library Committee Minutes1974

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3 19Library Facilities1973-1974, Undated

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3 20Literature and Psychology1974, Undated

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3 21Man and Environment1970, 1972, Undated

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3 22Management and Planning1969-1970, Undated

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3 23Mathematical Modeling1975

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3 24Mathematics1973

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3 25Milne College. Three-Year Baccalaureate1971, Undated

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3 26Milne School. High School Diploma1974-1975

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3 27Naming the New Unit1971-1972, 1974

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3 28National Endowment for the Humanities1971

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3 29Newspaper1973-1974, Undated

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3 30Non-Traditional Schools. Dr. Spellman's Letter1975, Undated

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3 31Office of Academic Affairs1973-1975, Undated

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3 32Office of University Affairs1974-1975

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3 33Personnel Committee [RESTRICTED]1973-1974, Undated

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3 34Personnel Committee1972-1974, Undated

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3 35Personnel Committee [RESTRICTED]1974-1975

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3 36Personnel Committee Minutes1972-1975

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3 37Phi Beta Kappa1974-1975

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3 38Philosophy of Social Sciences1975

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3 39Pilot Group and Proposal1969-1970

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3 40Planning Stages1971-1972, Undated

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3 41Planning Task Force. Collins College1971-1972, Undated

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3 42Planning Task Force. Living Learning Centers1971, Undated

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3 43President's Office1974-1975

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3 44Profile of Students1972

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3 45Progress Reports1972

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3 46Promotions and Continuing Appointments1972-1975, 1973, Undated

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3 47Proposal for a Three Year Baccalaureate and New Undergraduate Students1971

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3 48Proposal for New Course Form1972-1973

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3 49Proposals for Development of a Three Year Degree Program1971, Undated

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3 50Publicity1974

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3 51Readings in Anthropology1975

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3 52Readings in History1974, Undated

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3 53Readings in Literature1973-1974

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3 54Readings in Philosophy1974

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3 55Readings in Political Science1974

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3 56Readings in Psychology1975-1976

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3 57Readings in Sociology1974-1975

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3 58Recruitment Efforts1972-1973, 1975, Undated

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3 59Registration of Program. State Education Department1972, Undated

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3 60Religion and Morality1974

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3 61Religion and Morality1975

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3 62Rensselaerville 11971, Undated

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3 63Rensselaerville 2. Archival 21973, Undated

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4 1Rensselaerville Three Year Baccalaureate1971, Undated

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4 2Rockefeller Foundation1971, Undated

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4 3Russell, Stanley1973, Undated

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4 4Schedule of Classes1973-1976

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4 5Scholarship Program1971-1972

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4 6School of Business1970, 1972

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4 7School of Education1974-1975

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4 8Science1973, Undated

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4 9Science and Society1974

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4 10Science and Society1974-1975, Undated

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4 11Science Technology and Environment1975

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4 12Second Semester Humanities1972, Undated

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4 13Second Year Curriculum Committee1972, Undated

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4 14Select Committee Response1975

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4 15Senate Action. Re: Allen Center1970-1972

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4 16Senior Seminar1975, Undated

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4 17Senior SeminarUndated

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4 18Social History1974-1975

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4 19Social Science Planning Committee1972-1974

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4 20Space1971-1973

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Flat-File 11Space1971-1973

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4 21Statement. Allen CenterUndated

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4 22Student Evaluation Committee1974, Undated

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4 23Student-Faculty QuestionnaireUndated

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4 24Student Information1973, 1976, Undated

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4 25Symposium1972-1973, Undated

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4 26Transfer Policy1973

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4 27Undergraduate Bulletin CopyUndated

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4 28Undergraduate Office1970-1971

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4 29University College1973-1974

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4 30Uptown EquivalenciesUndated

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4 31U.S. Office of Education1971-1973, Undated

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4 32Waiver of Major RequirementsUndated

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4 33Women and Social Change1975, Undated