Guide to the Merrimack Valley College Governance Structures and Committees Files, 1974-1985

Collection number: UA 20/2/1 [Offsite Storage]
Size: 1 box (.33 cu.ft.)

About Merrimack Valley College

The Merrimack Valley College began as a branch of the University of New Hampshire in 1967, providing continuing education programming to the residents of the Merrimack Valley area, the largest population center of the state. In 1977, the state legislature established Merrimack Valley College as a separate educational entity within the University System of New Hampshire, which would "provide the people of the greater Manchester area with a college where they can attain an associate degree." In 1978, the Concord regional center of the School for Lifelong Learning moved to MVC, joining the college in its building, and took over MVC's continuing education programs. The two institutions operated cooperatively to deliver a wide range of educational programs. Also in 1978, the College applied to the New England Association of Schools and Colleges for candidacy for accreditation. The Governance Task Force at MVC was established while the school was still a branch of the University of New Hampshire. The task force was charged with fashioning a governance structure under which the emerging Merrimack Valley College could function. Electing a committee to develop by-laws for the College was the first step taken. From those by-laws came the skeleton organization for the running of the school; i.e. an Academic Affairs Committee to oversee all matters relating to programs, a Management Committee to manage business matters, and a college-wide Forum to run the College. The Forum had the final authority for all matters concerning the running of the College, and was subject only to the veto power of the Dean of the College. By action of the MVC Forum, a strategic planning process was put into place to chart a course for steady expansion. In addition, and Executive Committee to the Forum was organized to deal with sensitive issues, and a Merrimack Valley College Advisory Board was authorized by the USNH Board of Trustees. This mode of governance remained in place until 1985, at which time the MVC became the University of New Hampshire at Manchester (UNHM).

About the Merrimack Valley College Governance Structures and Committees Files

This collection contains the minutes, reports and by-laws of different Merrimack Valley College committees including: Forum Council, Academic Affairs, Management, Board of Advisors, and Strategic Planning. Legislation for the creation of Merrimack Valley College and the organizational chart is also included.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open. Please note, the MVB files are housed in the Library Storage Building and require 24 hour notice for retrieval.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the University of New Hampshire.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Merrimack Valley College Governance Structures and Committees Files, 1974-1985, UA 20/2/1, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

These records were transferred from the University of New Hampshire-Manchester Library in March 2002.

Collection Contents

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 11976-1981Legislation Creating M.V.C. and Organizational Chart
Box 1, Folder 21977-1978Forum Executive Council Minutes
Box 1, Folder 31977-1978Forum Council Minutes
Box 1, Folder 4Sept. 1978Forum Council Minutes
Box 1, Folder 5Spring 1980Forum Council Minutes
Box 1, Folder 61980-1981Forum Council Minutes
Box 1, Folder 7Spring 1982Forum Council Minutes
Box 1, Folder 81982-1983Forum Council Minutes
Box 1, Folder 91974-1975Academic Affairs Committee Minutes
Box 1, Folder 101975-1976Academic Affairs Committee Minutes
Box 1, Folder 111976-1977Academic Affairs Committee Minutes
Box 1, Folder 121977-1978Academic Affairs Committee Minutes
Box 1, Folder 131978-1979Academic Affairs Committee Minutes
Box 1, Folder 141979-1980Academic Affairs Committee Minutes
Box 1, Folder 151980-1981Academic Affairs Committee Minutes
Box 1, Folder 161981-1982Academic Affairs Committee Minutes
Box 1, Folder 171982-1983Academic Affairs Committee Minutes
Box 1, Folder 181983-1984Academic Affairs Committee Minutes
Box 1, Folder 191984-1985Academic Affairs Committee Minutes
Box 1, Folder 201984Curriculum Committee Minutes
Box 1, Folder 211977-1978Management Committee Minutes
Box 1, Folder 221982-1983Management Committee Minutes
Box 1, Folder 23Oct. 31, 1978Strategic Planning Committee: Curriculum Plan
Box 1, Folder 241979Strategic Planning Committee: Curriculum Plan
Box 1, Folder 25Jan-May 1983Strategic Planning Process Committee Meetings
Box 1, Folder 26Nov. 1983Strategic Planning Committee: Conclusion Report
Box 1, Folder 271983Strategic Planning Committee: Planning Report Study by Lou D'Allesandro
Box 1, Folder 281981-1982Board of Advisors Committee Minutes
Box 1, Folder 291982-1983Board of Advisors Committee Minutes