Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Michigan. Legislature. Senate. Special Committee on Faculty-Administration Relations at CMU collection

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Collection,
Creator: Michigan. Legislature. Senate. Special Committee on Faculty-Administration Relationships at Central Michigan University.
Inclusive dates: 1949-1966
Extent: 1.25 cubic feet (in 3 boxes)
Abstract:
The collection includes all the correspondence, notes, testimony, resolutions, subpoenas, newspaper articles, press releases, hearing schedules, and other subject files collected by the Senate Committee during its investigation of CMU.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160
Email: clarke@cmich.edu
Website: http://clarke.cmich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

No Acc# [Donor wishes to remain anonymous.]

Access Restrictions:

Michigan. Legislature. Senate. Special Committee on Faculty-Administration Relationships at Central Michigan University collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Michigan. Legislature. Senate. Special Committee on Faculty-Administration Relationships at Central Michigan University collection, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement

The collection is organized into three subseries: 1 ) Notes and correspondence of the members of the Senate Committee; 2) Subject files of the Senate Committee; and 3) Notes on, correspondence from, and testimony of CMU faculty and administration, all of which are alphabetically organized by surname or topic.


History

History of the Event:

In 1964, several professors at Central Michigan University (CMU) were denied their annual raises. Complaints about this and several other issues by CMU faculty reached Senator Edward J. Robinson, who became concerned about the situation. On April 1, 1965, Senator Robinson introduced Senate Resolution No. 88, which called for an investigation of the relationship of CMU’s faculty and administration. Following the adoption of an amendment, the resolution was adopted on April 15. The committee was appointed by the Senate on April 21 and consisted of senators Edward J. Robinson, Chair, Roger E. Craig, Guy VanderJagt, Jan VaderPloeg, and Donald S. Potter, with Committee Clerk, Sharon D. Stobar. Richard J. Abood served as the Senate General Counsel.

Ultimately, twenty-six members of CMU faculty and administration testified from May 17 through December 2, 1965. Issues of concern included: treatment of faculty; lack of faculty involvement in the academic planning of CMU; the authoritarian nature of the administration; the academic excellence of CMU; lack of research; overloaded teaching schedules; numerous grievances regarding interferences by the administration in faculty matters; parking regulations; and other matters.

After hearing testimony, reading letters, and much discussion, the Committee recommended in its final report: increased faculty participation in academic policy making at all levels of CMU; that the Board of Trustees should adopt a salary practice providing cost of living increases to all faculty and merit increases to others; reconsideration of those professors who had been denied incremental increases in salary; a review of budget procedures; better balance of student class size loads; review of retirement age of University officers; and proper provisions for handling contested grades, among other recommendations.

The final report of the Committee is cataloged separately and available in the Clarke Historical Library.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection includes all the correspondence, notes, testimony, resolutions, subpoenas, newspaper articles, press releases, hearing schedules, and other subject files collected by the Senate Committee during its investigation of CMU. Most of the correspondence, subject files, and testimony dates to 1965, although some of the affected professors and deans’ folders include materials dating back as far as 1949. Undated materials are circa 1965.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Michigan. Legislature. Senate. Special Committee on Faculty-Administration Relationships at Central Michigan University.
    • Central Michigan University--Faculty.
    • Central Michigan University--Administration.
    • Central Michigan University--History.
    • Robinson, Edward J., Senator.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
     
    Michigan. Legislature. Senate. Special Committee on Faculty-Administration Relationships at Central Michigan University collection [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Members of the Senate Committee: Abood, Richard J. (Dick), Senate General Counsel, Notes, undated
    Box   1 F   2
    Members of the Senate Committee: Potter, Senator S. Donaled, Notes, 1965
    Box   1 F   3
    Members of the Senate Committee: Robinson, Senator Edward J., Correspondence about Central Michigan University (CMU) (General), 1965
    Box   1 F   4
    Members of the Senate Committee: Robinson, Senator Edward J., Notes, 1965
    Box   1 F   5
    Members of the Senate Committee: Sobar, Sharon, Committee Clerk, Notes, 1965
    Box   1 F   6
    Subject Files: American Association of University Professors (AAUP), Papers, 1964-1965
    Box   1 F   7
    Subject Files: CMU Board of Trustees Statement, Morrow, E. Allan, 1965
    Box   1 F   8
    Subject Files: CMU Court of Appeals, Decision Papers, 1965
    Box   1 F   9
    Subject Files: CMU Hearing, Exhibits No. 1-7, May 17, 1965
    Box   1 F   10
    Subject Files: CMU Report, Senator E. Robinson, Notes, 1965
    Box   1 F   11
    Subject Files: General information about CMU prepared for Senate Finance Committee, January 1965
    Box   1 F   12
    Subject Files: Hearing schedules, 1965
    Box   1 F   13
    Subject Files: Newspaper articles, press releases, 1965
    Box   1 F   14
    Subject Files: Public hearing cards, 1965
    Box   1 F   15
    Subject Files: Role of the faculty (magazine article), 1965
    Box   1 F   16
    Subject Files: Senate Resolution No. 88 (copies), 1965
    Box   1 F   17
    Subject Files: Student demonstration, Papers, 1965
    Box   1 F   18
    Subject Files: Student resolutions, 1965
    Box   1 F   19
    Subject Files: Subpoenas, blank, 1965
    Box   1 F   20
    Subject Files: Tenure policy, 1965
    Box   1 F   21
    Subject Files: Eastern Michigan University President, Eugene B. Elliott, Correspondence, 1965
    Box   1 F   22
    Subject Files: Ferris State College Vice President of Academic Affairs, Andrew J. Dalio, Papers, 1965
    Box   1 F   23
    Subject Files: Michigan State University Chapter AAUP, Victor E. Smith, Papers, 1965
    Box   1 F   24
    Subject Files: Michigan Technological University Chancellor J. R. Van Pelt, Papers, 1965
    Box   1 F   25
    Subject Files: Western Michigan University Vice President Russel H. Seibert, 1965
    Box   1 F   26
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Alterman, Professor Rolland A., 1965
    Box   1 F   27
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Anspach, Charles, 1965
    Box   1 F   28
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Bailey, J. Hamilton, 1965
    Box   1 F   29
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Baumeister, Dr. Alfred, 1965
    Box   1 F   30
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Bennett, Lyle F., 1965
    Box   1 F   31
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Blackburn, George, 1965
    Box   1 F   32
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Bordine, Kenneth T., 1965
    Box   1 F   33
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Bort, Barry, 1965
    Box   1 F   34
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Bovee, Norvall C., 1965
    Box   1 F   35
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Bowen, Elbert R., 1965
    Box   1 F   36
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Brett, Wallis, 1965
    Box   1 F   37
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Brison, David W., 1965
    Box   1 F   38
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Brooks, Richard, 1965
    Box   1 F   39
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Bulger, William, 1965
    Box   1 F   40
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Casparis, John, 1965
    Box   1 F   41
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Corftckik, Victor, 1965
    Box   1 F   42
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Coutant, Victor C. B., 1959-1965
    Box   2 F   1
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Decker,Keith, 1965
    Box   2 F   2
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Dillingham, Dr. Harry, 1965-1966
    Box   2 F   3
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Emery, Hazel T., 1965
    Box   2 F   4
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Evett, Paul, 1956-1965
    Box   2 F   5
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Foust, President Judson W., 1965
    Box   2 F   6
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Franklin, William, 1965
    Box   2 F   7
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Gleason, Dr. Gale, 1965
    Box   2 F   8
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Grove, Eugene F., 1965
    Box   2 F   9
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Harder, Worth T., 1965
    Box   2 F   10
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Hayes, James E., 1965
    Box   2 F   11
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Hepler, Dr. John C., 1963-1965
    Box   2 F   12
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Huston, Joseph T., 1965
    Box   2 F   13
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Johnston, Faith, 1965
    Box   2 F   14
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Kamenetski, Thor, 1965
    Box   2 F   15
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Kelley, Kenneth, 1965
    Box   2 F   16
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Killian, Dr. F. K., 1965
    Box   2 F   17
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Kirchner, Richard J., 1965
    Box   2 F   18
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Knapp, Austin, 1965
    Box   2 F   19
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Lauer, Mr. George, Registrar, 1965
    Box   2 F   20
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Lichtenfelt, Richard, 1965
    Box   2 F   21
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Maybee, Dr. Rolland H., 1965
    Box   2 F   22
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Mayhew, Jean B., 1965
    Box   2 F   23
    CMU Faculty and Administration: McDermont, Leon A., 1965
    Box   2 F   24
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Meltzer, Richard N., 1965
    Box   2 F   25
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Minnick, Robert F., 1965
    Box   2 F   26
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Moore, Wilbur E., 1965
    Box   2 F   27
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Morrow, E. Allen, 1965
    Box   2 F   28
    CMU Faculty and Administration: O'Connor, Michael, 1965
    Box   2 F   29
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Oppenheimer, Dr. Oscar, 1959-1965
    Box   3 F   1
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Pike, C. Milton, 1965
    Box   3 F   2
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Poole, Charles P., 1965
    Box   3 F   3
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Poor, Gerald, 1965
    Box   3 F   4
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Pratt, Dr. Karl C., 1965
    Box   3 F   5
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Rhodes, R. L., 1965
    Box   3 F   6
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Ricards, Sherman, Jr., 1965
    Box   3 F   7
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Richtmeyer, Dean Cleon C., 1965
    Box   3 F   8
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Rose, Dan, 1965
    Box   3 F   9
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Rosenquist, Professor Henry, 1965
    Box   3 F   10
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Schmaltz, Colonel Frederick A., 1965
    Box   3 F   11
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Smith, Thomas, 1961-1965
    Box   3 F   12
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Smith, Woodward C., 1965
    Box   3 F   13
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Steg, Dean Olaf, 1965
    Box   3 F   14
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Stewart, Dr. Robert L., 1965
    Box   3 F   15
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Telfer, Harold, 1965
    Box   3 F   16
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Theunissen, William V., 1965
    Box   3 F   17
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Vaz, Edmund W., 1965
    Box   3 F   18
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Vincent, Professor Jack Ernest, 1965
    Box   3 F   19
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Von Reichbauer, William, 1965
    Box   3 F   20
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Wetsie, Charles, 1956-1965
    Box   3 F   21
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Wheeler, Elizabeth, 1966
    Box   3 F   22
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Whitney, Marion, 1964-1965
    Box   3 F   23
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Whittemore, Irving C., 1965
    Box   3 F   24
    CMU Faculty and Administration: Wilhite, W. Lyle, 1965