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Name of Creator:Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Office of the Provost.
Title:Office of the Provost records
Reference Code:A22
Location Code:26/2-4, 27/1-4, 28/1, 32/1, 36/3, 37/1-2,40/1, 43/1-3, FF1/D1
Extent:259.72 cubic ft. (273) boxes
Scope and Content Abstract:The records of the Northeastern University Office of the Provost document the activities of the provosts, associate and vice-provosts, and certain university academic committees. The first series comprises the subject and departmental records of the provosts, and the strategic planning process coordinated by Marilyn Cairns and completed under Michael Baer's term as provost. The second series contains minutes, agenda, correspondence, and other records of the Academic Council and the Council of Deans. These bodies are chaired by the provost and are responsible for academic matters, including the approval of new programs and review of potential graduates. Institutional and program-specific accreditation materials are located in Series 3. Series 4, Series 5, and Series 6 document activities and programs of associate and vice-provosts in charge of research and graduate education, faculty affairs, and undergraduate education. Series 4. Research and Graduate Education contains the subject files of vice provosts of graduate education and also includes records of the Research and Scholarship Development Fund, the Research Council, Graduate Council, and Division of Research Development. The bulk of Series 5. Faculty Affairs is made up of Executive Vice Provost Daryl Hellman's files but also includes grievance, tenure records, and other faculty affairs information from several provosts and vice provosts including David Hall, Patricia Meservey, and Ahmed Abdelal. Activities of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, and records of the University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee are included in Series 6. Series 7. Financial includes budgets, enrollment, costs, and salary data. The final series, Sponsored Programs, documents functions and events administered by the Office of the Provost, including Opening Week, Convocation, Major Works by Faculty, Matthews Professors, and the Klein Lecture series (previously named the University Lecture Series).
Historical Abstract:The provost of Northeastern University is the chief academic officer of the university and reports to the president. The provost provides leadership for all curricular, instructional, and faculty development matters and governs the budgeting, administering, evaluating, and planning of the academic aspects of university life. Created in 1948, the Office of the Provost has expanded with the university's size and adapted to its evolving academic priorities. Over the years the office has grown to include associate, assistant, and vice-provosts who are in charge of specific academic areas such as faculty affairs, research, budgeting, graduate education, continuing education, and undergraduate education.
System of Arrangement:This collection is organized into eight series: Series 1. Subject and Department Files; Series 2. Deans Council; Series 3. Accreditation; Series 4. Graduate and Research Programs; Series 5. Faculty Affairs; Series 6. Undergraduate Education; Series 7. Financial; and Series 8. Sponsored Programs and Events.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Abdelal, Ahmed.
  • Adler, Norman.
  • Allan, Harry T.
  • Baer, Michael A.
  • Barabino, Gilda
  • Cairns, Marilyn.
  • Crotty, Phillip.
  • Fitzgerald, Arthur E.
  • Fowler, William M., b. 1934.
  • Hall, David.
  • Hedlund, Ronald
  • Hekimian, James.
  • Hellman, Daryl.
  • Herman, Sidney.
  • Hill, Malcolm
  • Jones, Walter.
  • Kalaghan, Paul.
  • LeQuesne, Philip W.
  • Leskes, Andrea.
  • Lowndes, Robert P.
  • Luttgens, Kathryn.
  • Mark, Melvin.
  • Meachum, Anu
  • Meservey, Patricia
  • Pantalone, Coleen
  • Penna, Anthony N.
  • Smith, Wendy
  • Weiss, Karl.
  • White, William C., 1892-1986?

  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Office of the Provost.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Academic Council.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Council of Deans.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Council on Research and Scholarship.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Division of Research Development
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Division of Research Management.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Faculty Development Fund.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Graduate Council.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Instructional Development Fund.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Minority Faculty Development Fund.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Office of the Executive Vice Provost.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Education.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Research and Scholarship Development Fund.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Robert D. Klein University Lectureship.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). University Graduate Council. Academic Program Review Committee.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee.

  • Strategic Planning

Conditions Governing Access:Records are closed for 25 years from the date of their creation, unless researchers have written permission from the creating office. Personnel and student files are closed for 75 years.
Technical Access:There are several 5 ¼ in. floppy disks that the Archives does not have equipment to read. Also a number of floppy disks are marked to indicate if they will not open or if they will only open on a specific processor (i.e. MAC or PC).
Accruals:Further accruals are expected.
Processor:Finding aid prepared by Chris Burns and Kelcy Shepherd, January 1998;updated by Hanna Clutterbuck, October 2007; Martha Pearson, June 2014; Kristin Wright, May 2016