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12. Academic Affairs

 Record Group
Identifier: 12
This record group contains the records of the Academic Affairs Division. The Academic Affairs Division encompasses Colleges and Departments; Continuing Education; Davis Campus; Enrollment Services; Faculty Senate; Office of Sponsored Projects; Provost's Office; Stewart Library; and the Teaching and Learning Forum. The position was originally called Academic Vice President when created in 1967. Weber State College had entered a period of unprecedented growth in terms of student enrollments and expansion of physical facilities. The position assumed functions previously performed by the Dean of Faculty and the President. It was generally intended that the new structure would provide greater flexibility in meeting the administrative and academic needs of the college in a rapidly changing educational environment. At the time the Academic Vice-president was generally charged with responsibility for developing academic programs at Weber State College and serving as an advisor to the president on all matters dealing with curriculum and academic programming. Specifically, this included responsibilities for faculty development and hiring, curriculum development, and coordination of research and development activities. Reporting directly to the Academic Vice-President were the deans of the academic schools, and the directors of the Library, Learning Resources Center, Division of Continuing Education, Instructional Development, and Research and Development Office. Most of these officers had previously reported directly to the president. The Academic Vice-president also served as a member of the President’s Council, the Administrative Council, and the Academic Council, the three most important internal policy making bodies at Weber State College. Additional responsibilities included acting as liaison to the State Board of Higher Education and the State Board of Education on matters relating to curriculum development. Late in 1972 a sweeping administrative reorganization occurred that substantially altered the function of the office of the Academic Vice-President. Vice-president for Research and Development was created and assumed part of the responsibilities of the office of Academic Research and retained related activities that had been under purview of the Academic Vice-president. Other functions formerly carried out by the Academic Vice-president and subordinates were placed under the administration of the Vice-president for Academic Operations – specifically those responsibilities that involved student recruitment, advisement, and special services. This position eventually evolved again into that of Vice-president for Academic Affairs, but with slightly altered functions. An assistant to the president for Academic Development was appointed with responsibilities for improving teaching effectiveness through application of new instructional methodologies.