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Maurice Cody School

Series contains records and notebooks documenting Vernon G. Turner's primary education at Maurice Cody Public School (later named Maurice Cody Public Junior School). Content includes school records and report cards, art work, subject and homework notebooks.

North Toronto Collegiate Institute

Series contains records and notebooks documenting Turner's secondary education at North Toronto Collegiate Institute. Content includes a notebook for every class completed in Forms 1-5, as well as donation information, teacher lists, and yearbook photos.

Addresses

The papers in this series form only a partial documentation of those presented by Professor Lang at conferences; a more complete list can be found in his curriculum vitae under “papers in refereed conference proceedings”, “other papers” and “invitational panels and public lectures”, covering the years 1979 to 2010. Some of the papers in this series are not listed in his c.v.

The files contain drafts of papers presented, usually with related correspondence.

Manuscripts and publications

This series documents Professor Lang’s writings, unpublished and published, over a forty-year period. He has written two books, Financing universities in Ontario (2000) and Mergers in higher education: lessons in theory and practice (2001), which was translated into Chinese and published in Shanghai in 2008. He has contributed chapters to eleven books, and had numerous papers published in refereed journals, along with review essays, other publications, papers, and reports. The research files (some contain original documents) for and a copy of his doctoral thesis, are also present in this series. The titles, where they exist, to these research files were those used by Professor Lang.

The listing of manuscripts and publications is not complete. For a complete listing of Professor Lang’s publications, see his curriculum vitae in B2011-0003/001(01). Some of his reports not present in this series can be found in other series.

Digital files from B2018-0001 include correspondence and drafts for his book Mergers in higher education: lessons in theory and practice (2001), as well as a report for the Atkinson Foundation, A Primer on Formula Funding: A Study of Student-focused Funding in Ontario (2003).

The files contain a combination of correspondence, drafts, background and research material and notes. The arrangement is chronological by date of document or date of publication.

Research projects

Most of the files in this series relate to the ‘College Choice’ project, the first study in Canada of “the effects of surveys on students as they make choices among colleges.” It was based on “a series of surveys carried out at the University of Toronto from the late 1970s and on a series or surveys and interviews of students and guidance counselors in four or five Toronto high schools with different student populations.” The files contain correspondence; compact discs of data sets, reports, and associated material; “catchment samples” and participant dossiers; data analysis and drafts of reports. Files on several other research projects follow. Research projects for which Professor Lang received external funding and which are not included in this series are listed in his curriculum vitae in B2011-0003/001 (01).

Editorial work

This series documents most of Professor Lang’s activities as a member of editorial boards, as an editorial consultant for scholarly journals and as a manuscript reviewer for the University of Toronto Press. There are no files for his work with Interchange: A Journal of Educational Studies and the Ontario Journal of Higher Education or for his work as a manuscript reviewer for the University of Toronto Press after 1999.

Professional activities (other)

This series documents professional activities other than those described in the two previous series. Included is material on consulting and special projects, boards of governors of educational institutions that Professor Lang sat on, and his association with a number of other educational agencies and groups in Canada and elsewhere. Of the last, the most documentation is on the Ontario Council on University Affairs, the Premier’s Council for Economic Renewal, and the Sweden/Ontario Bilateral Exchange Seminar for Senior Academic Administrators (1982-1983). The arrangement in this section is by name of organization or event.

The files may contain any combination of correspondence, memoranda, minutes of meetings, notes, and reports.

Files from B2018-0001 include further records documenting Lang’s active involvement with the Board of Trustees of the Toronto School of Theology (2008 - ; Chair, Institutional Evaluations Committee, 2014-2017) and the Board of Governors of Saint Augustine’s Seminary. His work as Chair of the Strategic Asset Study Committee (2011-2014) for the Archdiocese of Toronto is also documented.

Professional activities: Ontario. Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities

Professor Lang’s first major collaboration with the then Ministry of Colleges and Universities began in 1991 when he was a member of the Minister’s Task Force on University Accountability. Later he was involved in several joint projects with the Ministry and its successors [the Ministry of Education and Training (from 1995) and from 2000, the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities] and the Council of Ontario Universities; in particular, their Steering Committee on Ontario Graduate Survey (1997-), their Joint Steering Committee on OSAP (1998-2001), and their Key Performance Indicators project (2000-2005). In 2006 he became a member of the Ministry’s Joint Working Group on Student Access Guarantee. From 2008 to 2011 he was the Ministry’s Working Group and Steering Committee on Transfer. Not all of these activities are documented in this series.

In 2006-2007 the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities undertook two inter-related research projects “aimed generally at learning about the characteristics of ‘first-generation’ students.” The first, “College Choice”, focused on the factors that influenced students in seeking post-secondary education and their choices of institutions to attend. The second, dubbed Project STAR (Student Achievement and Retention), “sought to determine the factors that influence the academic performance and retention of students in the first year of university.” It was sponsored by the Canada Millenium Scholarship Foundation and Statistics
Canada.

Files in B2018-0001 document Professor Lang's role as Special Advisor to the Deputy Minister, in particular his involvement with the negotiations between the Government of Ontario and Ontario universities regarding the second Strategic Mandate Agreement (SMA2), and Ontario colleges regarding the Colleges Applied Research and Development Fund [CARDF].

Also included are files regarding the creation of a francophone university in Ontario; the Joint Working Group on Student Access Guarantee, regarding the modernization of the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP); and the Steering Committee on Transfer Credits.

Professional activities: Council of Ontario Universities

The Council of Ontario Universities (COU) was formed on December 3, 1962 as the “Committee of Presidents of Provincially Assisted Universities and Colleges of Ontario,” with its current name being adopted in 1971. The mandate of the COU is to “build awareness of the university sector’s contributions to the social, economic and cultural well-being of the province and the country, as well as the issues that impact the sector’s ability to maximize these contributions.” It works with Ontario’s publicly assisted universities and one associate member institution, the Royal Military College of Canada. This series documents the activities of a number of its committees and task forces, which are detailed below, approximately in order of activity.

Professor Lang was a member of the COU’s Committee on Enrolment Statistics and Projections from 1976 to 1990. In 1982-1983 he sat on its Special Committee on BILD Administrative Procedures and from 1987 to 1991 was a member of its Research Advisory Group. In 1991 he was invited to be part of a small task force to present proposals to the government for an income contingent repayment plan for Ontario students. Throughout much of the 1990s, he was involved with the COU’s Committee on University Accountability and the Performance Indicators for the Public Postsecondary System in Ontario project, better known as the Performance Indicators Project, the purpose of which was to assess the overall Ontario postsecondary sector.

He was also a member of four task forces: Audit Guidelines (1998-2000), Secondary School Issues (1998-2005), Student Financial Assistance (2006-), and Quality Assurance (2008-2010).
The Task Force on Secondary School Issues was established to assess the evaluation of students in the new secondary school program of studies and to make recommendations regarding the monitoring of grading practices and standards.

The COU’s Quality and Productivity Task Force work was to outline “all the quality and productivity initiatives” undertaken to “showcase results for the government’s increased investment in universities.” Its report, presented in March 2006, was followed by the COU Task Force on Quality Measurements, chaired by David Naylor of the University of Toronto. It was charged with addressing the “broad issues related to quality measurement, developing the long-term strategies for COU’s work with the government and the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO).” [1]

Files in B2018-0001 include correspondence with U of T and COU colleagues, as well as further records related to his role on the COU’s Committee on University Accountability. Also included are further records about the COU's Task Force on Quality Assurance (2008-2010), including its subsequent transition and implementation phase.

The files in this series contain correspondence, memoranda, notes, minutes of meetings, drafts of reports, and assorted background reports and other documentation.

NOTES

  1. Task Force on Quality Measurement terms of reference, March 2006, in B2011-0003/043(03).

University of Toronto Blues men's baseball team

This series documents Professor Lang’s years of service to the University of Toronto Blues Men’s Baseball team which he coached from 1994 to 2011. The files contain information on team lists, coaches, financing and fundraising, equipment, rosters and players, and statistical records. There is also some press coverage. There is documentation of tournaments in Columbus, Ohio (1998) and Durham College in Oshawa (1999). Photographs and digital images document the team from 1999-2007, including many images and graphics used to boost the website for the team Also included is an Ontario University Athletics medal for 2001.

Digital files in B2018-0001 include email correspondence with players, university officials, and sponsors; rosters and team photographs; and files related to the construction of a new baseball diamond on the University of Toronto Scarborough campus, which opened in 2006. In 2011, it was renamed the “Dan Lang field” in honour of his many years of service to the Varsity Blues baseball program.

Teaching files

This series contains files on courses Professor Lang taught at the University of Toronto and Central Michigan University. The files contain a combination of any of correspondence, memos, course applications, course outlines, bibliographies, background papers. Some files contain marks. Not all of Professor Lang’s courses are represented in this series.

The files are grouped by institution, the level of courses, and by ascending course number at the undergraduate and then the graduate level.

OISE/UT

This series begins with files that Professor Lang’s broad activities within OISE/UT as recorded in his performance assessments, activity reports and course evaluations. There are followed by files on the Provost’s OISE Committee of the late 1970s through the mid-1980s, which include material on the first pass at the thorny issue of the possible integration of OISE into the University of Toronto. Most of the files relating to the Higher Education Group, with which Professor Lang was primarily associated at OISE, contain material spanning almost 20 years on examination questions.

The bulk of this series, however, relates to the merger of OISE with the U of T to create, in 1995, OISE/UT. Professor Lang’s personal work binders on the merger are present, as are legal and other documents on the merger, followed by implementation files, including those of the Academic Implementation Task Force and on the issues relating to OISE’s property. The series concludes with files on the OISE/UT Joint MPHEd program with the Faculty of Medicine (2003-2004).

Personal and biographical

In addition to the files containing Professor Lang’s curriculum vitae and information on honours, researchers may wish to consult Professor Lang’s performance assessments, activitiy reports, and course evaluations in Series 3: OISE/UT. Also present are issues from the National Observer for the period 27 September 1975 to 28 February 1976 containing the series ‘Americans discussing Americans’.

File from B2018-0001, “Simcoe Hall Humour” includes a series of satirical pieces about prominent individuals at Simcoe Hall, notably George Connell.

University of Toronto. Administrative activities

This series provides partial documentation Professor Lang’s years as a senior administrator at the University of Toronto. It begins with correspondence, primarily with President Connell, and related material regarding the Ontario Commission on the Future Development of the Universities of Ontario (the Bovey Commission), followed by later correspondence (to 1990) with him. The subsequent correspondence files end in 2010, some of which are contained on 3.5 inch floppy disks.

Professor Lang’s “general files” and “miscellaneous projects” begin with two major controversial decisions, the first being the closure of the Faculty of Food Sciences (1974) and the proposed closure of the Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (1986), with only the first being realized. The remainder of this subseries focuses on capital plans and budgeting, primarily responsibility centre budgeting as applied to Scarborough College. There are also files on Maclean’s magazine university and college surveys from the 1990s. The admission surveys from the last quarter of the 20th century also include a Maclean’s survey.

In the mid-1990s the University introduced a new electronic students’ records system (ROSI) with leadership provided by the Registrars Group. It is well documented here. Professor Lang’s activities as a senior policy advisor to the President of the University of Toronto are also documented but only for the years 2005 to 2007.

Professor Lang maintained extensive files on campus development plans and building projects from the mid-1960s to the late 1990s relating to all three campuses, including several on the Southwest Campus. There are also proposals to provide land for a new headquarters building for the Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto (1982) and facilities for the abortive bid to hold the summer Olympics in Toronto in 1996.

B2011-0003 ends with several proposals for an innovations centre and an industrial research centre at the University in the decade from the mid-1980s.

B2018-0001 includes further files related to his role as Senior Policy Advisor to David Naylor, a role in which he served until 2012. Also included are arbitration briefs and notes about a dispute between the Faculty Association and the University in 1986-1987, regarding mandatory retirement for professors.

Digital files include email correspondence with several Government of Ontario and U of T officials; files about the Maclean’s survey; and files (notes, briefts, reports) about the expansion of the number of graduate students at the University of Toronto.

The sub-titles in this series are those used by Professor Lang in his original box list. The files contain correspondence, memoranda, notes, and reports, Also included are compact discs containing certain files of correspondence and reports. The arrangement is generally by categories and chronolgically within each, with like materials grouped together.

Records relating to immigration and refugees

Series consists of records related to Margaret Ray's investigation of the Germans from Sudetenland (Czechoslovakia) settlements at St. Walburg, Saskatchewan and Tupper Creek, British Columbia, on behalf of the Sub-Committee on Refugees of the University of Toronto Women's War Service Committee and her own research interest in refugees and immigration.

Writings

Series consists of a typescript of play "The Fall of the House of Bell" written by Margaret Ray relating to Victoria University's Bell House residence, typescripts of plays including "A Tree of the Christ Child", poems, and reviews of "A Book of Canadian Humour" (edited by Ray and J.D. Robins).

The Mike

This series consists of volumes of The Mike, the official student newspaper of the University of St. Michael’s College. The newspaper has been in operation since 1947 and has been published on a predominantly bi-weekly basis.

Yearbooks

This series consists of the various configurations of yearbooks published by the students of St. Michael’s College. Titles include: The Year Book of St. Michael’s College (1910-1931; 1934-1935), The Thurible (1932-1933; 1937-1948; 1950), Through St. Michael's with the Camera (1940-1942; 1946-1948), Keystone (1968), Windrose (1969-1970; 1980; 1982-1985; 1987-1995), The Sword (1995-1999).

Student Journals

This series consists of the various student journals, newsletters, and other types of literary collections published by the students of St. Michael’s College. Material includes newsletters: The Michael, Ennui, The Seraph, The Bike, Coop News, SMC Clips, SMC News, The Mik, Newsletter of Saint Michael’s College, S.M.U.T, and The Adversary. Material also includes literary collections of poetry, photography, short stories, and formal and informal essays: The Journal, Graffiti, Gryphon, Rune, Saeculum, The Trireme, and The Grammateion. Lastly, material includes The Toronto Handbook of Humour, which compiled interviews with and essays about Toronto’s key comedians and actors in the comedy industry, and the student newspaper, Forum.

Records relating to member organizations, commissions and committees

Series consists of records, 1970-2009, including minutes, correspondence, constitutions, reports, recognition forms, resource material and other records generated by member organizations, commissions, clubs and committees, as well as files of the VUSAC President; bodies include the Bob Revue, Acta Victoriana, Athletic Union, Pub Board, Budget Review Committee, Publications Management Board, Wymilwood House Committee, and Productions Commission (overseeing theatre and other shows).

Minutes and other records, 1868–1928

Series consists of minutes of Belleville Division of the Board for the Examination of Candidates and Probationers for the Ministry, 1868-1869; minutes and other records re probationers of the Conference Board of Examiners, 1875-1902; minutes of District meetings, 1903-1923, 1925; minutes of Faculty of Theology,1873-1881, 1912-1928; minutes of joint meetings of Faculty of Theology with the faculty of Knox College (United Church) and later Union Theological College, 1925-1928; and reports, 1872- 1875, curricula and degree requirements, n.d., 1874, and survey, 1899 ; book containing signatures of honorary Doctors of Divinity, 1912-1927.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Faculty of Theology

Records relating to financial administration

Series consists of correspondence, minutes, reports and other records, 1905-2000, relating to financial administration, including bequests, endowments, government grants, and pensions.

The records in accession 1989.130V consist of correspondence, minutes and reports of a primarily financial nature. Some of the files outline Victoria's financial arrangements with the Board of Colleges and Secondary Schools and its successor divisions within the United Church of Canada; others provide information about the workings of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada and its predecessors, the National Conference of Canadian Universities and the Canadian Universities Foundation and the politics of federal and provincial government grants to denominational institutions of higher education. The financial reports of the men's and women's residences are included, as are files on bequests, endowments, and the United Church's financial aid package for undergraduates who had been accepted as candidates for the ministry. The arrangements made between the University of Toronto and Victoria regarding reimbursement of Victoria faculty for supervising graduate work are detailed.

Records relating to the University of Toronto

Series consists of correspondence, minutes, reports, memoranda, statistics and other records, 1913-2011, relating to the University of Toronto. This also includes financial arrangements, fundraising, the Toronto School of Theology, programs, relations with U of T faculties and departments, and negotiations concerning the Memorandum of Agreement and Memorandum of Understanding. This series also contains nominations for University of Toronto honorary degrees by Victoria University presidents.

Records relating to the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art

Series consists of correspondence, minutes, agreements, financial statements and other records, 1981-2006, relating to the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art.

Note: The Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art is situated on property owned by Victoria University, and leased to the Museum. The President served on the Board of Trustees.

Records relating to academic administration

Series consists of correspondence, minutes, reports, notes, applications, cvs, lists and other records, 1915-2013, concerning academic administration, including individual personnel files for faculty and senior administrators, records related to faculty appointments, salaries, promotions and retirements as well as agreements with the Faculty Association, policies and procedures regarding faculty and librarians. Series also includes records related to the Library, academic departments, research grant applications, including Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada grants, and the hiring of Deans of Men and Women.

The records in accession 1989.130V consist primarily of correspondence, minutes, reports, notes, and lists; as the series title suggests, they are concerned primarily with the administrative details of the academic life of the university. The files of the Principals of Victoria and Emmanuel Colleges and the various departments deal with matters such as faculty appointments, promotions, leaves, retirements, and salaries. Other files provide information concerning the hiring of Deans of Women and Men, the selection of residence dons, the move of the United Church Archives to the Birge-Carnegie Building, the acquisition of the Coleridge papers and E.J. Pratt manuscripts by the library, and the creation of the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies.

Records relating to Victoria University

Series consists of meeting minutes, policies and procedures, planning documents, correspondence, reports and other records, 1968-2015, related to a range of University activities and administrative functions. Includes University acts, records related to human resources, health and safety, the management of administrative departments, the Victoria Women's Association, the Archives and institutions including the Bader Theatre, the Centre for Renaissance and Reformation Studies (CRRS) and the Records of Early English Drama (REED). Series also includes records related to buildings and properties owned by the University, to student residences, and exchanges as well as the official visits of the President to various institutions.

The series also contains congratulatory messages to Presidents upon their appointments, including messages to Professor Paul W. Gooch on his installation as President in 2001 and to Professor William Robins on his installation in 2015.

Records relating to Victoria College

Series consists of correspondence, minutes, reports and other records, 1975-2012, relating to Victoria College, its programs and committees, including the Vic One Program, the Academic Advisory Committee, the Property Advisory Committee and the Semiotic Institute. Series also includes records of the Victoria College Review, the search for a Principal and correspondence between the President and the Principal of Victoria College.

Records relating to Senior Administrative Meetings

Series consists of meeting agendas, minutes, reports and other records, 2001-2007, from the Senior Administrative Meetings (SAM). This is a regular monthly meeting of the University's senior administrators to discuss and plan the tasks and priorities for each department. The President acts as the Chair. Topics include budget planning, the Provost White paper, safety and security, policies, the Double Cohort and size of the University, communications, scholarships, the Isabel Bader Theatre, hiring, residences, space planning, etc.

Correspondence

Series consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence, 1912-1949: correspondents include academic colleagues and family, and the correspondence is concerned with, among a variety of subjects, the situation at Victoria University, lectures, addresses, theological and moral questions, family matters, Brown's appointment to Yale University, and his Class of 1907 alumni events.

Addresses, articles, and other records

Series consists of manuscript, typescript and printed addresses (including Baccalaureate and funeral), articles, lectures, sermons, broadcasts, prayers and essays, [1903?]-1945: the addresses include those presented to various Victoria University groups, including convocations; and the predominant subjects of the material are the study and teaching of theology, and the church and its role in education.

Personal material

Series consists of a wedding announcement, University of Toronto Honorary Degree programme records and a book of remembrance for Charlotte Maude Brown, 1954. Also includes diplomas and awards including his PhD. from Harvard.

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