Office of the Provost records

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US US kmk U2012.51

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Office of the Provost records


  • 1936-2009 (Creation)


100.00 Linear Feet, 79.00 Boxes

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Administrative history

The office of Provost was established by President Acker and was first filled in 1980 by Owen Koeppe.

The provost and senior vice president is Kansas State University's Chief Academic Officer, whose most important duties are to oversee the academic affairs of the university and ensure its academic standards. In cooperation with the president, vice presidents, and the Deans Council, the provost provides leadership in the development, review, and implementation of policies and goals related to teaching and learning, research, and engagement.

The deans of the nine academic colleges, the libraries, Graduate School, and the Division of Continuing Education report to the provost. Other reporting units and programs include the Olathe Innovation Campus; the Centers for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, Entrepreneurship, and Engagement and Community; and the School for Leadership Studies as well as Academic Personnel, Assessment, Diversity and Dual Career Development, Fort Leavenworth graduate degree programming, the Honors and Integrity System, Information Technology Services, International Programs, Planning and Analysis, Summer School, Sustainability, and the University Honors Program.

Recently the Provost has taken on the job of mediating for students. Complaints can be filed by students as to the performance of their professors and the Provost addresses any problems on a university wide scale.

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Scope and content

This collection is made up of documents created by the office of the provost and senior vice president at Kansas State University.  Documents in the collection consist of a wide range of material from the office administrative files, class documents, department and dean files, program reviews, role and aspirations, strategic planning, university events, COCAO, president's staff, Board of Regents, Dean's Council, grievances, university awards, and vice provost papers.  Some records document the interactions with other universities in the state of Kansas and universities nationally.  The bulk of the materials are from the 1980s to 2010 with most of the other documents dating back to the 1970s.

System of arrangement

The collection is arranged into four series.  1) Administrative Files, 2) Deans and Departments, 3) Program Reviews, 4) Accounting and Budget.  Most of these series are further arranged alphabetically.

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Conditions governing access

Restricted material is contained within this collection in the form of faculty, staff, and student grievances.  Other restricted material may be contained as well in the form of personal information. University archivist review required before access will be granted.

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Conditions governing reproduction

The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

Languages of the material

  • English

Scripts of the material

  • Latin

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Custodial history

It received accession number U2012.51. Records were donated from the Office of the Provost.

Immediate source of acquisition

Acqusition Source: Office of the Provost
Acqusition Method: Records Transfer
Acqusition Date: 20121108

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information

Acquired through regular transfer of records as defined by the records retention schedule.


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Specialized notes

  • Citation: [Item title], [item date], Office of the Provost records, Box [number], Folder [number or title], Morse Department of Special Collections, Kansas State University Libraries.

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Describing Archives: A Content Standard

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Archivist's note

Finding Aid Author: James W. Smith
Processing Info: Project archivist James Smith processed and described materials in 2013.
Publication Date: 2013-12-02

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