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Committee on Instruction Records

Identifier: BC19-01

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection contains meeting minutes and curricular review documents from the Barnard College Committee on Instruction.


  • 1900 - 2017


This collection has no restrictions.

Publication Rights

Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Barnard Archives and Special Collections. The Barnard Archives and Special Collections approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Reproduction Restrictions

Photocopies or scans may be made for research purposes.

Historical Background

The Barnard College Committee on Instruction, formerly known as the Barnard Committee of Curriculum and Scheme of Attendance, began in March of 1900. The committee was organized by Seth Low, President of Columbia College and consisted of Barnard and Columbia administrative and faculty members. At first faculty spent most of the meetings discussing students with entrance conditions and deficiencies in addition to overseeing the departments and their courses. Later COI meetings addressed a variety of educational issues.The Committee on Instruction is Barnard’s principal formulator of educational policy. It provides advice to the Office of Admissions on academic matters having to do with admissions policy and practice, including the development of recruitment strategies and priorities, the use of standardized test scores, and the evaluation of student outcomes. In recent years, the COI has considered matters ranging from major modifications to the curriculum, such as changing the General Education Requirements, to the application of the Barnard Honor Code in the classroom, to whether or not to grant a GER designation request for a particular course. Programs such as Senior Scholar, Centennial Scholar, the Writing Center, First Year Seminar, and the experimental college were established under the Committee of Instruction. This committee is chaired by the Associate Provost. In addition to the chair, the committee consists of two faculty members from each of the four faculty voting groups, The Dean of the College, the Dean of Students, and the Registrar. The Dean of Library and Information Services and a representative from Development also attend. A maximum of four students sit on the COI at any one time: the Academic Affairs Representative, who is elected by the members of the SGA for a one year term, and three appointed students, who serve two-year terms.


17.3 Linear Feet




This collection consists of materials from the Barnard College Committee on Instruction.

Collection Arrangement

This collection is arranged chronologically.

Physical Location

This collection is located in the Barnard Archives and Special Collections, Barnard Library. To use this collection, please contact the Barnard Archives and Special Collections at 212.854.4079 or

Acquisition Information

The acquisition date and source is unknown.


Additions are expected.

Processing History

This collection was processed and the finding aid written by Charlotte Kostelic in December 2015. Finding aid adheres to that prescribed by Describing Archives: A Content Standard. Machine readable finding aid encoded in EAD 2002. Finding aid written in English.

Guide to Committee on Instruction Records
Charlotte Kostelic
© 2015
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Barnard Archives and Special Collections Repository

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