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Records of the University Organization Study

Identifier: UUOS

Scope and Contents

The Records of the University Organization Study consists of documents dated 1969 to 1973, with the bulk falling from 1972 to 1973. The collection consists of data analysis, executive committee and task groups correspondence and missions, and the final reports of each of the task groups that made up the Organization Study. Also included is correspondence and the final report for the related Special Tenure Study.


  • Creation: 1969-1973
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1972-1973


Restrictions on Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Restrictions on Use

Not all of the material in the collection is in the public domain. Researchers are responsible for addressing copyright issues.


The Organization Study at Colorado State University was launched in 1971 to study the university's ability to respond quickly and efficiently to changing societal needs; identify and implement instructional innovation readily; capitalize on the availability of off-campus as well as on-campus learning situations; utilize interdisciplinary approaches to instruction, research, and service where appropriate; provide quality learning experience to students in logical sequence; implement sound management principles of economic efficiency and effective utilization of human resources; encourage continuous interaction between inquiry and instruction; provide appropriate circumstances for students to make meaningful educational and vocational choices.

Four task groups were established to carry out the charge of the study: continuing education, research and creative activity, undergraduate education, and graduate education. Task groups were charged with studying its cognizant area and to make recommendations about changes, if any, which would improve University performance in that specific area. The task groups were overseen by an executive committee.

The Special Tenure Study Committee was formed as an "ad hoc" committee in November 1971 by the Faculty Improvement Committee of the General Faculty. The committee's charge was to study faculty rights and obligations by investigating faculty responsibility, freedom, employment status, performance criteria, and due process. This committee studied an area not covered by the Organization Study Task Force Groups, but because it was conducted over the same time period, its report was closely tied to the reports of the Organization Study.


0.5 linear feet (1 document case)

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The Organization Study at Colorado State University was launched in 1971 to study the university's ability to react to changing conditions in higher education. Task groups were formed to study undergraduate education, graduate education, continuing education, and research and creative activities. Materials include data, correspondence, mission statements, and final reports. Related to the Organization Study was the Special Tenure Study; the collection also includes some correspondence and the final report of this committee.


The collection consists of 2 series in 1 document case:

Series 1: Organization Study Committee, 1971-1973

Series 2: Special Tenure Study Committee, 1969-1973


The Records of the University Organization Study was donated by Ronald Wiggins in 1985.


Processing was completed in July 2015. Materials were rehoused in acid-free folders and an archival box.

Guide to the Records of the University Organization Study
Edited Full Draft
Prepared by Jessy Morris and Karen Spilman
Copyright 2015
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the CSU Libraries Archives & Special Collections Repository

Fort Collins Colorado 80523-1019 USA