Varsity letters: documenting modern colleges and universities
A study of the functions of colleges and universities, Varsity Letters is intended to aid those responsible for the documentation of these institutions. The seven functions examined are: to confer credentials, convey knowledge, foster socialization, conduct research, sustain the institution, provide public service, and promote culture. The functional approach provides the means to achieve a comprehensive understanding of an institution and its documentation: a knowledge of what is to be documented and the problems of gathering the desired documentation. Samuels offers specific advice about the records of modern colleges and universities and proposes a method to ensure their adequate documentation. She also offers a method to analyze and plan the preservation of records for any type of institution.
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Academic administrators academic institutions accrediting activities administrative histories administrative records admissions affirmative action alumni American Archivists appraisal archives areas athletic automated budget building campus plan centers chart of accounts CODATA collections colleges and universities committees create curriculum databases decisions disciplines docu documentary goals documentary problems documentation plan employees ensure establish evaluate evidence examine Executive Order 11246 exist facilities faculty members federal FERPA files Frank Lloyd Wright functional analysis funds governing board graduate higher education historical researchers individual insti institution's issues knowledge learning machine-readable maintain materials ment mentation museum NCAA needed personnel policies preserved private institutions professional programs projects public service published records management regulations reports research process responsibility retained retention role selection social sources specific staff structure student financial aid teaching Technology Terry Cook tion tution understanding Varsity Letters