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Presidential Commission on Admissions and Student Body Composition records

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Identifier: UA-

Scope and Contents

This collection contains extensive documentation for the establishment, activities, and final recommendations of President Wharton's Commission on Admissions and Student Body Composition. Included in the background material are reports from previous University commissions, admission reports, presentations to the Commission, relevant speeches by President Wharton, minutes of the Commission's meeings, drafts of the report, and the final report. In addition, there are 67 audio tapes of all the Commission's meetings dated June 1, 1970-July 23, 1971.


  • Creation: 1958 - 1971


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.


The Commission on Admissions and Student Body Composition was appointed by the President of Michigan State University, Clifton Wharton, in 1970. The Commission's goal was to examine the place of MSU in context within higher education and society as a whole in the 1960s. A primary area of concern was access to higher education. This Commission was asked to examine the criteria and standards used in MSU's admission policies. Their task was to recommend methods that would allow for wider access to higher education, especially for minorties and disadvantaged students. Ira Polley was a Consultant to the President and Executive Director of the Commission. The final report of the Commission was finished in late 1971.


1.6 Cubic Feet

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Legal Status

Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to Michigan State University but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Copyright restrictions may apply. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Presidential Commission on Admissions and Student Body Composition Records
4 Published And Cataloged
December 2014
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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