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University matters - correspondence

Series consists of records relating to the Vice-President, Academic's interactions with the President, other SFU Vice-Presidents, and the administrative departments that reported to them, as well as correspondence relating to university-wide matters in general. Activities and topics documented include liaison with the federal and provincial governments, budget planning, tuition fees, university reorganization, legal advice, liaison with other senior administrators and other university administrative departments, and relations with non-faculty union and employee associations. For detailed descriptions of record types, see individual sub-series descriptions.

University Services / Student Services - correspondence

Series consists of records relating to the Vice-President, Academic's interactions with the senior administrator responsible for student services and with university administrative departments during periods in which they reported to that position. Responsibility for student services was reorganized several times over the period covered by this series, and the records include correspondence with the Dean of Student Affairs (1969-1971), the Vice-President, University Services (1971-1977), and the Director of Student Services (1977-1980). Activities and topics documented include the administrative organization of the portfolio; budget planning; liaison with the Simon Fraser Student Society; and development of student services programs including financial aid, scholarships, day care, residence and housing, health services, and employment and career services. For detailed description of record types, see individual sub-series descriptions.

Financial matters - correspondence

Series consists of records relating to the university's finances and budget. Activities and topics documented include budget planning and allocation of operating budgets, capital budgets and contingency funds to university faculties and departments; development of fees policy; and financial planning for new academic programs. Records consist predominantly of correspondence and reports. For detailed descriptions of record types, see individual sub-series descriptions.

Teaching and instructional staff matters - correspondence

Series consists of records relating to matters affecting teaching and faculty staff, including librarians and lab instructors. Activities and topics documented include development of the university's academic policies and procedures; faculty appointments, salaries and economic benefits; renewal, tenure and promotion; leave, retirement and immigration; and negotiations and consultations with the Simon Fraser University Faculty Association (SFUFA) and the Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU). For a description of record types, see individual sub-series descriptions.

Faculties - correspondence

Series consists of records relating to the Vice-President, Academic's interactions with the university faculty Deans and academic departments. Activities and topics documented include development, implementation and interpretation of academic policies; appointments, sabbaticals, leaves, salaries, renewal, tenure and promotion; disputes, grievances, and investigations; external reviews, internal administration, and reorganizations of faculties and departments; academic planning and program proposals; budget, funding, space planning, special equipment and facilities needs; and the activities of affiliated research centres and scholarly journals. Records include correspondence, reports, external reviews, curriculum and program proposals, budget proposals and estimates, meeting agendas and minutes, agreements, legal advice, planning documents, and research centre constitutions, financial statements and annual reports.

Associations, memberships, societies and councils - correspondence

Series consists of records relating to the Vice-President, Academic's interactions with associations and societies, including the Simon Fraser University Faculty Association (SFUFA), the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT), and the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC). For detailed description of record types, see sub-series descriptions.

Committee records and correspondence

Series consists of records relating to the Vice-President, Academic's committee work, including participation or correspondence with Senate committees, Board of Governors committees, other standing and ad hoc university committees and task forces, search committees for senior university administrators, and external (non-SFU) committees. Records include correspondence, reports, and policies and procedures; meeting agendas, minutes, and supporting papers; terms of reference, and memberships lists; policies and procedures; and some case files.

Administrative departments - correspondence

Series consists of records relating to the Vice-President, Academic's interactions with the Vice-President, Administration and with university administrative departments during periods in which they reported to the VP Administration, including the Registrar's Office, the Bursar's Office, Personnel, the Computing Centre, Physical Plant and Planning, Ancillary Services, and Athletics and Recreational Services. The series generally coincides with the tenure of George Suart as VP Administration (1970-1986). Activities and topics include budget planning, policy development, program development, registration, IT systems planning, and space allocation planning. For detailed description of record types, see individual sub-series descriptions.

Topical files and reports

Series consists of subject files created by the Office of the Vice-President, Academic relating to a variety of topics, including university administration, policies and procedures, the work of various university committees and task forces, and liaison with faculty, students, government, and external organizations. Records consists predominantly of correspondence and reports. For detailed descriptions of record types, see individual sub-series descriptions.

Vice-President, Academic - correspondence

Series consists of records relating to the activities of the Office of the Vice-President, Academic, including budget planning, involvement in teaching and faculty staff matters, meetings with other senior university administrators, and supervision of university departments that reported to the VP Academic, either directly or indirectly through the Associate VP Academic. For detailed descriptions of record types, see individual sub-series descriptions.

Government relations - correspondence

Series consists of records relating to the university's interactions with the provincial and federal governments. Records consist predominantly of correspondence, including much that originated with other offices and was copied to the Vice-President, Academic. For detailed description of record types, see individual sub-series.

International educational agreements with SFU

Series consists of records relating to the university's agreements with international educational bodies and universities. Activities and topics documented include a proposal (never actualized) to establish an SFU branch campus in Japan (1992); a summer school program in Cuba in collaboration with the University of Havana; academic exchange programs with the Institute universitarie professionalisé (France), the Kyushu Institute of Technology and other institutions in Japan, the University of Dundee (Scotland), and several universities in Chile; the activities of the SFU China Steering Committee and a campaign to establish a major degree program at SFU in Chinese studies (1992). Records include correspondence, proposals, agreements, itineraries, and a student petition relating to Chinese Studies at SFU.

Registrar / Dean of Student Services

Sub-series consists of records relating to the Vice-President, Academic's interactions with the Registrar (Registrar / Dean of Student Services after 1996) and with university departments during the periods in which they reported to the Registrar / Dean, including the University Archives. Most of the functions of Student Services were merged with the Registrar's Office in 1996 and the Registrar became the Registrar / Dean of Student Services. Throughout the period covered by this series, the Register / Dean reported to the VP Academic, either directly or indirectly through the Associate VP Academic. Activities and topics documented include enrollment, admissions, registration procedures, high-school liaison, and student recruitment; grading policy, class scheduling, and calendar revisions; Registrar's Office organization and staff relations; the telephone registration project (1990-1991); development of student information systems, including a systems plan (1980), the design and implementation of the SIMON database (1986), and planning (from 1996) for the replacement / migration of SIMON; and implementation of compliance with the BC Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIPP) Act (from 1995). Records include correspondence, reports and statistics, job descriptions, IT systems technical specifications and planning documents, and FOIPP advice and access request case documentation.

Library / Bookstore

Sub-series consists of records relating to the Vice-President, Academic's interactions with the University Library and the University Bookstore (which reported to Library until 2000) during the periods in which the Library reported to the Vice-President, Academic (1970-1985, 1990-1994). Activities and topics documented include policy development; evolution of the Library's administrative structure; meetings of the Library Management Group (after 1992); external reviews, including a departmental review (1973-1974), review by the President's Advisory Committee on the Library (1984), and the Library Review Committee (1991-1992); library budget and funding; acquisitions and collections policy; cooperation with other libraries, including the "college processing" project of the early 1970s; IT systems planning and implementation; and management, operations, and finances of the Bookstore. Records include correspondence, reports, budgets, meeting minutes of the Library Management Group (LMG), legal advice, inventories, and Bookstore financial and operating statements.

Analytical Studies

Sub-series consists of the Vice-President, Academic's correspondence with, related to, or copied from Analytical Studies during the period in which it belonged to the VP Academic's reporting portfolio (1985- ). Activities and topics documented include provision and analysis of data to support academic planning, student academic experience surveys, instructional load reports, and classroom utilization studies. Records include correspondence, reports, statistics, and surveys.

Budget

Sub-series consists of records relating to university finances and budget. Activities and topics documented include budget planning, allocation of faculty and departmental operating and capital budgets, one-time contingency account funding, and the general budget reduction implemented in 1996-1997. Records include correspondence, reports, proposals, and estimates and calculations.

Centre for University Teaching

Sub-series consists of the Vice-President, Academic's correspondence with, related to, or copied from the Centre for University Teaching. The Centre was established in 1994 and ceased operations in 2000, when it merged with the Instructional Media Centre to form the Learning and Instructional Development Centre (LIDC). During the whole of its existence, the Centre reported to the VP Academic. Activities and topics documented in the correspondence include the administrative organization of the Centre, development of teaching support programs and services, methods of evaluating teaching, and the activities of the Instructional Support and Development Group. Records include correspondence, meeting minutes, and reports, including annual reports of the Centre.

Special Assistant to the Vice-President, Academic - Academic Planning

Sub-series consists of records relating to the activities of Kathy Heinrich, appointed Special Assistant to the Vice-President, Academic – Academic Planning (1996-1999). Activities and topics documented include university faculty renewal planning, development of the university's accountability framework and participation in the Minister's Forum on Universities ("Accountability Forum") in 1997, development of the university's mission statement, and the activities of the Ad Hoc Committee on Planning Priorities (1997). Records include correspondence, reports, planning documents, notes and working papers.

Faculty of Arts

Sub-series consists of the Vice-President, Academic's correspondence with, related to, or copied from the Faculty of Arts and its departments. The Faculty of Arts was one of the three charter faculties established at SFU in 1965; it was renamed Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in 2004. For a general description of record types contained in the correspondence, see the series description for faculty correspondence in general (F-200-3).

Financial Aid

Sub-series consists of the Vice-President, Academic's correspondence with, related to, or copied from the Financial Aid Office, from the period in which it moved from the Registrar's Office to the VP University Services. The Financial Aid Office was established in 1970, expanded its name to Financial Aid and Awards in 1989, and ceased operations in 1994, when its functions were transferred to the Student Academic Resources Office in the Registrar's Office. Activities and topics documented in this sub-series include Financial Aid's administrative organization and reporting relationships, budget allocation, and program development, including the work study program and scholarships. Records include correspondence and reports.

Faculty Association

Sub-series consists of records relating to the Vice-President, Academic's interactions with the Simon Fraser University Faculty Association (SFUFA). Activities and topics documented include negotiations for the collective framework agreement, consultations with SFUFA on development of academic policies, procedures and other maters affecting the terms and conditions of academic employment, and the activities of the Advisory Committee on Faculty Salaries (1975) and the Advisory Committee on Collective Bargaining (1977). Records includes correspondence, reports, meeting agendas and minutes, agreements, and legal advice.

Faculty of Education

Sub-series consists of the Vice-President, Academic's correspondence with, related to, or copied from the Faculty of Education and its subdivisions. The Faculty of Education was one of the three charter faculties established at SFU in 1965. Until 1971 it was administratively organized into a number of Centres and sub-sub-series 2 contains the correspondence relating to these. For a general description of record types contained in the correspondence, see the series description for faculty correspondence in general (F-200-3).

Appointment

Sub-series consists of records relating to faculty appointments, including policy and procedures, and appointment requests and recommendations. Records include correspondence, reports, policies and procedures, lists of appointments, faculty requests and authorizations.

Salaries and stipends

Sub-series consists of records relating to faculty salaries and economic benefits. Activities and topics documented include salary policy, salary reviews, and market differentials. Records include correspondence, reports, reviews and recommendations, and statistics, including comparisons with other universities.

Lab instructors

Sub-series consists of records relating to matters affecting the terms and conditions of employment of lab instructors at SFU. Activities and topics documented include salary reviews, and appointment requests and authorizations. Records include correspondence, reports, and statistics.

Professional librarians

Sub-series consists of records relating to matters affecting the terms and conditions of employment of professional librarians at SFU. Activities and topics documented include development of the university's librarian's policy, salary, benefits, and leave. Records include correspondence, reports, statistics, policies, drafts and working papers.

Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies

Sub-series consists of the Vice-President, Academic's correspondence with, related to, or copied from the Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies and its departments. The Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies was established in 1970. It was dissolved in 1985 and its departments were redistributed to the Faculty of Arts and the newly created Faculty of Applied Sciences. For a general description of record types contained in the correspondence, see the series description for faculty correspondence in general (F-200-3).

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