A Finding Aid for the Association of Michigan Collegiate Faculties Records. 1970-1990

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Association of Michigan Collegiate Faculties Records

Creator: Association of Michigan Collegiate Faculties

Dates: 1970-1990

Abstract: The Association of Michigan Collegiate Faculties was an assembly of faculty representatives from Michigan state colleges and universities. The records include correspondence, legislative records, meeting records, newsletters. reports, and subject files.

Language: English

Quantity: 4.5 cubic feet; 3 records center boxes

Identification: MSS-10

Repository: Ferris State University Archives and Records Management Program

Historical Note

In February 1971, the Association of Michigan Collegiate Faculties (commonly known as ACMF) was created. An assembly modeled after many college senates, it had two representatives from each of Michigan's public colleges and universities. They met four times per year in Lansing (a central meeting point). A typical meeting consisted of a dinner the night before, and a full day of meetings the following day. The purpose was the following:

  • To serve as a clearing house for an exchange of information about the faculty needs and concerns of each institution, regardless of union affiliate
  • To serve as a spokesman for faculty with state legislatures regarding issues that affect higher education
  • To provide for research, study and investigation of issues pertaining to higher education

Each member paid a fee. Some fees were covered by the universities, while others were taken out of faculty dues. The fees covered the services contracted out to the Michigan League of Women Voters. In cooperation with the Michigan Conference of the American Association of University Professors, Virginia Delano (a League employee) wrote reports and updates regarding issues of higher education that came up in the state legislature. This allowed members to be aware and coordinate lobbying efforts, primarily through letter writing campaigns.

The ACMF was involved in a variety of activities during its existence. Among them was a faculty exchange program, representation on statewide commissions, involvement in writing retirement legislation and the Michigan Higher Education Funding Model.

The ACMF also sponsored a series of symposium on important issues from 1973-1983. Topics of such symposia included: program budget evaluation, plans for Michigan Higher Education, coordination in Michigan higher education, higher education funding models, future needs for business and industry , and the issues of appropriation and taxes.

It is unclear why the ACMF ceased to exist. In the 1980s, members began to drop out as institutional funding deteriorated. The last known meeting was in February 1990.

Scope and Content Note

The Association of Michigan Collegiate Faculties served as an assembly organization for state college and university faculty. They dealt with a variety of issues that on an individual campus may be dealt with either by the collective bargaining unit/union or by some type of governing council like a faculty senate.

Within the records, one finds the typical governance records. There is a complete set of minutes and agendas for meetings between 1971-1990, filed under meeting records. Additionally, there are other folders relating to proposals and resolutions passed by the body which help to show the activities. There is also an extensive correspondence file as kept by the individual chairmen. It is divided into incoming and outgoing correspondence and filed chronologically. A folder on constitutions/bylaws documents the changes of the organizational structure. The financial activities of the group can be traced both through the treasurer's reports and through the correspondence. Institutional reports given at each meeting, help to provide a snapshot of activities for that particular institution at that time.

The ACMF was heavily involved in the evolution of funding for higher education in Michigan. This interest can be seen in the Michigan Higher Education Funding Proposals files, the reports, and the correspondence to various legislators and Governor William Milikin.

Arrangement

The papers are contained in a single series.

Access Information

Conditions of Access

The Association of Michigan Collegiate Faculties Records are open for research to all users in accordance with University Archives and Records Management access policies. It is available in the reading room of the Ferris State University Archives.

Conditions of Use

Requests for permission to publish material should be directed to the University Archivist. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Copyright interests for this collection have not been transferred to Ferris State University. For more information, contact the University Archivist.

Subject Headings

Below are a list of names, organizations and subjects relating to the collection. Names have been taken from Library of Congress Authority headings whenever possible.

Related Materials

None specified.

Administrative Information

Citations

Footnotes and bibliographic references should use the following format:
[Item], Folder, Box. Association of Michigan Collegiate Faculties Records. Ferris State University Archives. Big Rapids, Michigan.

Provenance (Acquisition Information)

These records were donated to the University Archives by Glen Hynes, Ferris faculty member and officer of the organization in April 1991. They were separated out of a collection containing Ferris State University Representative Faculty Council Records. The RFAC belonged to the Association from its beginning. Glen Hynes served as the Ferris representative for several terms.

Processing Information

The Association of Michigan Collegiate Faculties Records were processed to the folder level by Melinda McMartin Isler in May 2006. A finding aid was prepared in a word processing format and converted to EAD 1.0. A collection level MARC-21 record was prepared and placed in the library online public access catalog. Description based on Describing Archives: A Content Standard (Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2004).

Separated Materials

Duplicate materials in the collection including correspondence and meeting minutes have been removed. This reduced the size of the collection from five records center boxes to three boxes.

Technical Requirements

This collection consists of paper based materials. No specialized software or hardware is required for viewing.

Content Listing

Series 1. Subject Records. 1970-1990.

This series consists of approximately 4.5 cubic feet of records. Topics of particular interest include funding for higher education and shared governance. The records also contain typical administrative files such as correspondence and meeting records.

They are organized into a single series. These records are arranged alphabetically by function, subject, name, or title.

Box Folder Contents
1 1 American Association of University Professors. (AAUP) 1970-1979.
1 2 American Association of University Professors (AAUP) 1979-1987.
1 3 Angel, Dan. Critical Issues facing Michigan Higher Education Report. 1978.
1 4 College faculty organization survey. 1986.
1 5 Committees. 1975.
1 6 Collective bargaining. 1970-1978.
1 7 Constitution; by-laws. 1970-1986.
1 8 Correspondence, incoming. 1970.
1 9 Correspondence, incoming. 1971.
1 10 Correspondence, incoming. 1972.
1 11 Correspondence, incoming. 1973.
1 12 Correspondence, incoming. 1974.
1 13 Correspondence, incoming. 1975.
1 14 Correspondence, incoming. 1976.
1 15 Correspondence, incoming. 1977.
1 16 Correspondence, incoming. 1978.
1 17 Correspondence, incoming. 1979.
1 18 Correspondence, incoming. 1980.
1 19 Correspondence, incoming. 1981.
1 20 Correspondence, incoming. 1982.
1 21 Correspondence, incoming. 1983.
1 22 Correspondence, incoming. 1984.
1 23 Correspondence, incoming. 1985.
1 24 Correspondence, incoming. 1986.
1 25 Correspondence, incoming. 1987.
1 26 Correspondence, outgoing. 1970.
1 27 Correspondence, outgoing. 1971.
1 28 Correspondence, outgoing. 1972.
1 29 Correspondence, outgoing. 1973.
1 30 Correspondence, outgoing. 1974.
1 31 Correspondence, outgoing. 1975.
1 32 Correspondence, outgoing. 1976.
1 33 Correspondence, outgoing. 1977.
1 34 Correspondence, outgoing. 1978.
1 35 Correspondence, outgoing. 1979.
1 36 Correspondence, outgoing. 1979.
1 37 Correspondence, outgoing. 1980.
1 38 Correspondence, outgoing. 1981.
1 39 Correspondence, outgoing. 1982.
1 40 Correspondence, outgoing. 1983.
1 41 Correspondence, outgoing. 1984.
1 42 Correspondence, outgoing. 1985.
1 43 Correspondence, outgoing. 1986.
1 44 Correspondence, outgoing. 1987.
1 45 Faculty exchange program. 1972-1977.
1 46 Ferris State College. Funding. 1972.
1 47 Fonger, Ronald. A Report on Faculty Compensation and Grievance Procedures in Michigan's Public Four-Year Colleges and Universities. Report. 1978.
1 48 Governor's Commission on the Future of Higher Education. 1983-1984. Folder 1.
1 49 Governor's Commission on the Future of Higher Education. 1983-1984. Folder 2.
1 50 History. Includes officers list. 1974-1986.
1 51 Institutional Boards of Trustees. 1973-1983.
Box Folder Contents
2 1 Institutional reports. Includes agendas; handouts; minutes. December 1972-December 1975.
2 2 Institutional reports. Includes agendas; handouts; minutes. February 1976-December 1976.
2 3 Institutional reports. Includes agendas; handouts; minutes. February 1977-November 1978.
2 4 Institutional reports. Includes agendas; handouts; minutes. December 1978-December 1980.
2 5 Institutional reports. Includes agendas; handouts; minutes. January 1981-February 1983.
2 6 Institutional reports. Includes agendas; handouts; minutes. April 1983-February 1984.
2 7 Institutional reports. Includes agendas; handouts; minutes. April 1984-December 1984.
2 8 Institutional reports. Includes agendas; handouts; minutes. January 1985-February 1990.
2 9 League of Women Voters of Michigan. January 1974-June 1976.
2 10 League of Women Voters of Michigan. July 1976-May 1980.
2 11 League of Women Voters of Michigan. May 1980-May 1981.
2 12 League of Women Voters of Michigan. June 1981-January 1986.
2 13 Membership lists. 1971-1987.
2 14 Meeting notices. 1971-1987.
2 15 Meeting records. February 1971-May 1973.
2 16 Meeting records. September 1973-January 1975.
2 17 Meeting records. February 1975-February 1976.
2 18 Meeting records. February 1976-December 1978.
2 19 Meeting records. January 1979-January 1985.
2 20 Meeting records. February 1985-February 1990.
2 21 Michigan Baccalaureate Education System Trust. Report. Undated.
2 22 Michigan Higher Education Funding Model. 1965-1976.
2 23 Michigan Higher Education Funding Model. January 1977-March 1977.
Box Folder Contents
3 1 Michigan Higher Education Funding Model. Report. February 1977.
3 2 Michigan Higher Education Funding Model. August 1977-November 1977.
3 3 Michigan Higher Education Funding Model. November 1977-December 1977.
3 4 Michigan Higher Education Funding Model. January 1978-November 1979.
3 5 Michigan Higher Education Funding Model. Report. May 1979.
3 6 Michigan Higher Education Funding Model. January 1980-March 1983.
3 7 Michigan Higher Education Funding Model. January 1984-April 1985.
3 8 Michigan Higher Education Funding Model. April 1985-August 1985.
3 9 Michigan Higher Education Funding Model. September 1985-April 1986.
3 10 Michigan Mindpower Conference. 1981-1985.
3 11 Planning and Management Notes for Postsecondary Education in Michigan. 1975-1980.
3 12 Presidents reports. 1975-1976; 1985.
3 13 Proposals for consideration. 1971-1979.
3 14 Publicity. 1973-1979.
3 15 Reports. 1974-1978.
3 16 Resolutions; press releases. 1971-1984.
3 17 Retirement system. 1971-1976.
3 18 Senate Fiscal Agency. Study of Michigan Public Colleges and Universities Enrollment Patterns. Report. 1985.
3 19 State Board of Education. 1975-1983.
3 20 State of Michigan. Legislature. December 1976-January 1978.
3 21 State of Michigan. Legislature. February 1978-June 1982.
3 22 Symposia. March 1973-March 1975.
3 23 Symposia. October 1975-September 1981.
3 24 Symposia. October 1981-May 1983.
3 25 Treasurers reports. February 1972-February 1990.
3 26 Universitas. Newsletter. 1974-1975.