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Committee on Programs and Academic Standing

Identifier: BC06-05

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection contains Committee on Programs and Academic Standing meeting minutes and reports, mostly from the 1920s-early 1960s. Additionally, this collection contains correspondence regarding pass-fail status between students and committee members from 1968-1970 (during this period, policies shifted and students took more classes as pass-fail because of student demonstrations and strikes).


  • Creation: 1923 - 1970


This collection has no restrictions. This collection is located on-site.

Publication Rights

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

Reproduction Restictions

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes.

Historical Summary

The name of this committee has gone through numerous iterations, as shown in its records. The first name was the Committee on Students' Programs from 1923-1949; then the Committee on Programs and Standing from 1950-1960; and finally, in 1968, the current name (the Committee on Programs and Academic Standing) was adopted.

In 1949 the charge of the committee was described as "administering the educational policies of the faculty formulated by the Committee on Instruction. It considers: 1) change of major, 2) courses to be taken in other schools of the university, in summer session or during the Junior Year Abroad. It also considers applications for credit for one-half of an indivisible course, and gives approval for variable point courses" (see Barnard Bulletin, December 15, 1949, page 1). As of 2024, the committee was described as "an appointed faculty committee charged with regularly reviewing educational policy in matters of student programs, credit, and academic standing. The Committee acts on student petitions for exceptions to academic policy."


0.50 Linear Feet (1 document box)




This collection consists of materials from the Committee on Programs and Academic Standing (formerly known as the Committee on Students' Programs and the Committee on Programs and Standing).

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 rehoused and processed in November 2023 by Olivia Newsome. In March 2024, Olivia Newsome moved this collection from a previous record group, BC19 (Committees), to the current record group, BC06 (Faculty Committees), to reflect the fact that this is a faculty committee. Olivia Newsome also updated the finding aid at this time.

Guide to Committee on Academic Standing records
Olivia Newsome
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Barnard Archives and Special Collections Repository

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