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Collection Overview
Title: College of Computer Science records
Dates:1971-2004
Location:29/1
Call Number:A29
Volume:6 cubic ft. (6 boxes)
Scope and Content Abstract:The Northeastern University College of Computer Science (CCS) records consist of files from the office of the CCS dean. The records thoroughly document all administrative aspects of the CCS, including the accreditation process, faculty concerns, student affairs (graduate and undergraduate), curricular decisions, admissions, research activities, and strategic planning. Included are records documenting the computer companies with professional relationships to the CCS.
Historical Abstract:Northeastern University's (NU) College of Computer Science (CCS) was the first college in the United States devoted exclusively to computer science. Despite the vigorous protest of NU's engineering faculty, NU's Faculty Senate resolved to establish the CCS in April 1982, and the Board of Trustees approved the CCS in June 1982. The CCS linked the theoretical approaches taught in the Dept. of Mathematics in the College of Arts and Sciences with the practical approaches taught in the College of Engineering. The CCS established a graduate program, offering an M.S. in Computer Science, in June 1984. A Ph.D. in Computer Science was approved by the Faculty Senate in April 1987, and the first doctorate was awarded in 1989. The CCS was accredited in June 1986, leading to substantial grant funding, mostly in the areas of artificial intelligence, neural network imaging, and programmed language development.
Arrangement:Arranged alphabetically.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass). Graduate School of Computer Science

  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). College of Computer Science.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). College of Computer Science--Accreditation
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). College of Computer Science--Curricula
  • Education, Cooperative--Massachusetts--Boston
  • Computer science--Study and teaching--Massachusetts--Boston


Restrictions:Records are closed for 25 years from their date of creation, unless researchers have written permission from the creating office. Personnel records (box 4, folders 14-48 and box 5, folders 1-20) are closed for 75 years from their date of creation.
Processor:Finding aid prepared by Ken Risley, April 1999

Scope and Content Note

This collection is six cubic feet and spans 1971 to 1998 (bulk 1982-1989).  It consists of the deans' office files and thoroughly documents all administrative aspects of the college, including the college's accreditation process, faculty concerns, student affairs (graduate and undergraduate), curriculum decisions, admissions, research activities, and strategic planning.  Included are files documenting the computer companies with which the college has maintained professional relationships.  Of note are files documenting the college's assistance in computer training and policy formation for Bouve College and the NU School of Law.

Historical Note

In 1979 President Kenneth G. Ryder encouraged incoming Provost Melvin Mark to create an administrative unit for computer science instruction.  The problem of restructuring the extant interdisciplinary program was overcome with the aid of several consultants.  The issue was territorial, with the theoretical aspect of the program linked to the Mathematics Department in the College of Arts and Sciences and the application aspect of the program linked to the College of Engineering.  On 12 April 1982 the Faculty Senate, following a vigorous protest by the engineering faculty, resolved 25-10-3 to establish the first college in America devoted exclusively to computer science.  The Board of Trustees approved the university's first new college in 17 years on 19 June 1982.

By Fall 1982, the college had a faculty of 11, including nine faculty members who volunteered from the College of Arts and Sciences Mathematics Department; significantly, no one volunteered from the College of Engineering.  Paul Kalaghan became the first dean of the College of Computer Science in the summer of 1982.  Nationwide recruitment brought an additional 12 faculty the next year and five the year after that for a total of 27 full-time faculty members.  The undergraduate curriculum consists of computer languages, systems and networks, databases, graphics, and artificial intelligence.

The college established a graduate program, offering an M.S. in Computer Science, on 11 June 1984.  A Ph.D. in Computer Science was approved by the Faculty Senate on 13 April 1987, and the first doctorate was awarded in 1989.  The college was accredited in June 1986, leading to substantial grant funding, mostly in the areas of artificial intelligence, neural network imaging, and programmed language development.

Bibliography

"Admissions Publications."  A29, Box 2, Folders 6-7.

Frederick, Antoinette, "Northeastern University: Coming of Age: The Ryder Years, 1975-1989."  Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1995.  CALL NUMBER: LD4011.N22F732 1995
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BoxTitleDate
1Academic Computer Policy Committee1983-1986
Accreditation
1Background1985-1986
1Computing Sciences Accreditation Board (12 folders)1984-1989
1Questionnaire (3 folders)1985
Administrative
1General1984-1995
1Computer Services1985
1Operations Committee (4 folders)1982-1988
1Planning Project (2 folders)1982-1985
Admissions
2General (5 folders)1988-1983
2Publications (2 folders) 1976-1999
2Alloy Computers1984
2Annual Report1988-1989
2Board of Overseers1985
2Board of Regents1987
2Boston-Bouve College of Human Development1983
2Budget (6 folders)1987-1993
2Center for Image Processing1989
2Center for the Study of Computer-Human Interaction (2 folders)1985
2Commencement1990-1993
2Community Service Faculty Collaborative1986-1987
2Compugraphics1985
2Computing Curricula1991
2Computing Task Forces (3 folders)1983-1984
2Control Data1983-1984
Cooperative Education
2Four-Year Plan1987
2International1984
2Staff1987
2Corvus Concept (2 folders)1984-1985
3Dean Search1988-1990
3Development: Century Fund1984-1987
3Digital Architects1990
3Edutech1988-1989
3Equipment Requests (2 folders)1984-1986
3Facilities1985
Faculty
3Candidates1982-1985
3Evaluations1987
3Meeting (2 folders)1982-1984
3Memoranda1983-1984
3Notes1984-1985
3Sabbaticals (3 folders)1983-1989
3Teaching Load1984
3Five-Year Development Plan1983-1989
3Foundations (3 folders)1972-1984
Graduate
3Advertising1984-1986
3Brochures1986-1987
3Catalog1985-1989
3Enrollment1984-1985
3Guidebook (2 folders)1992-1998
3Masters Program Proposal (2 folders)1984-1985
3Memoranda1984-1985
3Self-Study Report1990
3Graduate Council1984-1985
3Hodgkinson Awards (2 folders)1988-1997
3Homecoming1990
3Honeywell Bull (3 folders)1988-1990
4Industrial Advisory Committee (2 folders)1983-1984
4Ingres Corporation1990
4Jewish Vocational Service1983
4Law and Computers1985
4Lifelong Learning1985
4Marine Science Center1993
4MasPar1994
4National Council1984-1988
4NUnet Training1993
4Operations1984-1985
Personnel
4Activities Report (2 folders)1989-1991
4-5Employee Files (55 folders)1976-1994
5Graders (2 folders)1990-1993
5Task Force1984-1986
5Pew Higher Education Roundtable1994
5President Ryder1986-1989
5Presidential Search1989
5Programming Course1971
5Provost (2 folders)1986-1989
5QMS Printers1990
Research
5Instrumentation Proposal1990
5Proposal1985
5Report (7 folders)1987-1996, 2004
5Review (3 folders)1989-1990
5Resources1985-1986
5Restructuring Plan1996
5Science and Engineering Building Proposal1993
5Special Interest Legislation1983
6Strategic Planning (6 folders)1992-1994
Students
6Discipline1994
6Freshmen (3 folders)1992-1993
6Grievances1983
6Guidebook1995
6Open House (3 folders)1990-1994
6Orientation (5 folders)1987-1994
6Projects1996-1997
6Senior Survey (2 folders) 1990-1991
6Sun Microsystems1990
6Theory Day1990
6Tokai University1985
6Undergraduate Committee (2 folders)1984-1985
6Urban Schools Collaborative1984
Vice-Provost
6Research and Graduate Information1991
6Undergraduate Affairs1991
6Wang Institute1987
6Wolfram Mathematica1990
6Word Processing Panel1984-1985
6Zip Code Mapping1983