Chaired by Dr. Sandra Greer, the Committee on Undergraduate Women's Education consisted of senior University of Maryland administrators and faculty. Committe members were charged with evaluating the feasibility of recommendations included in the report "The Education of Women Students at the University of Maryland College Park: Issues and Opportunities." They were also responsible for determining implementation strategies for these recommendations. These records consist of materials gathered in the course of or generated by the workings of the committee, most importantly the final report, "Making a Difference for Women: Report of the Committee on Undergraduate Women's Education," more commonly known as the "Greer Report."
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The Committee on Undergraduate Women's Education records span the years 1982 to 1989. The bulk of the materials covers 1988. They include correspondence, memos, reports, articles, newspaper clippings, course descriptions, and news releases relating to the preparation of the report and its reception by the academic community.
The Committee on Undergraduate Women's Education was established to "determine the feasibility of and a strategy for implementing the recommendations" in the report, "The Education of Women Students at the University of Maryland College Park: Issues and Opportunities." This report was submtted by the Subcommittee on Women's Education of the Chancellor's Commission on Women's Affairs in March 1987. These recommendations included improving the classroom climate for women, changing the curriculum to reflect women's accomplishments, and encouraging women to enter male-dominated fields. Chancellor John Slaughter appointed the committee composed of 10 senior faculty members and administrators chaired by Dr. Sandra Greer.
The result was the report, "Making a Difference for Women," on April 25, 1988. This implementation document recommended summer workshops for curriculum enrichment, salary parity for women professors, and increased staffing for Women's Studies along with other specific actions aimed at promoting equality in education.
This collection is organized as four series:
The Committee on Undergraduate Women's Education records were transferred to the University of Maryland College Park Libraries in 1989.
Four series were created from the Committee on Undergraduate Women's Education records. Reports bound by staples and metal clasps were removed from the original binding. All materials were placed in acid-free folders and boxes. All paper clips were replaced by plastic clips.