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Massachusetts Board of Regents of Higher Education meeting records

Identifier: URC-041

Scope and Contents

Copies of meeting minutes, attachments, memoranda from the Board of Regents to university chancellors and college presidents, records of various board committees and alphabetical subject files. The bulk of the meeting material is from 1988-1991. There are earlier records in the committee records and subject files. Collection divided into two series: Series I: Meeting minutes and memoranda, 1981-1991; and Series II: Committees and subject files, 1980-2000. The records reflect the debate surrounding the organizational changes that the higher education underwent between 1979 and 1991.


  • 1980 - 1991
  • Majority of material found within 1988 - 1991


Conditions Governing Access


Biographical / Historical

The Willis-Harrington Act of 1965 established a system of higher education in Massachusetts with five separate systems: the University of Massachusetts, Southeastern Massachusetts University, Lowell Technological Institute, the Massachusetts State College System and the Massachusetts Board of Regional Community Colleges. Within these five systems are 29 individual campuses (at that time 30) enrolling students in two-year, four-year and graduate educational programs.

“To guide and coordinate the growth and programs of these diversified institutions, the Legislature provided, in 1980, a 15-member Board of Regents. The Legislature gave a broad grant of power to this board so that it may play a forceful and leading role in the continuing development of educational programs maintained by the state.” Powers of the Board of Regents included coordination of services common to all segments of public higher education, approval of new degree programs, review of budgets and capital outlay plans, approval of plans for the expansion of individual institutions and provision of post-high school vocational and adult education programs (source: Donald Levitan, Your Massachusetts Government, 10th edition, 1984). With the passing of Chapter 142, “An Act relative to Public Education in Massachusetts” in 1991 (see Acts and Resolves passed by the General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the year 1991, pp. 544-591), the Board of Regents were replaced by the Higher Education Coordinating Council, appointed by the governor. The university system’s five campuses were reorganized in 1991 under one board of trustees; coordinated by the Board of Higher Education.


6.25 Linear Feet (15 manuscript boxes)

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Physical Location

Archives and Special Collections, Claire T. Carney Library, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 285 Old Westport Road, N. Dartmouth, MA 02747. (508) 999-8686.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Most likely transferred with records of the Office of the President and Chancellor and/or with the records of the SMU Board of Trustees, before 1995.

Processing Information

Processed by Sandeep Paraitham G’07. Finding aid by Judy Farrar January 2007.

Massachusetts Board of Regents of Higher Education meeting records
Judy Farrar
January 2007
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Repository Details

Part of the Claire T. Carney Library Archives and Special Collections, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Repository

285 Old Westport Rd.
N. Dartmouth MA 02747 USA