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College of Undergraduate Education records

Identifier: UA 1205

Scope and Contents

Contains administrative files, correspondence, reports, awards information, and general information on the General Education and Honors programs. Also contains materials produced or collected by George S. Tate during his work as associate dean of General Education & Honors and dean of Undergraduate Education. Materials dated 1960 to 2012.


  • 1960-2012


Conditions Governing Access

Restricted. Closed for 35 years from the date of creation of the records, and thereafter open to the public in accordance with the University Archives Policy.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from this collection must by obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

The Office of Undergraduate Education was established as a distinct unit at Brigham Young University in 2002 when the Dean of General Education and Honors became the Dean of Undergraduate Education. Undergraduate Education has been administered by the following deans: George S. Tate (2002-2006), Daniel J. Fairbanks (2006-2008), John D. Bell (2008-2015), and Susan Sessions Rugh (2015- ). The unit is responsible for undergraduate education, honors, and associated programs.

Biographical / Historical

The Honors Program was established by university president Ernest L. Wilkinson in 1960 to broaden and enrich the undergraduate student experience through intensive general education courses. This has included a focus on critical thinking and writing skills, and more recently on interdisciplinary approaches to subjects. The program was initially open to students by invitation, but was expanded to the general student body in 1983.

The Honors Program has been associated with various units of the university administration. Initially it reported directly to university administration, then in 1973 was placed under the dean of College of General Studies. In 1979 it was again placed under the direction of the university, but after 1983 began reporting through the dean of General Education and Honors and the dean of Undergraduate Education. Directors of the program have included Robert K. Thomas (1960-1968), Richard D. Poll (1968-1970), C. Terry Warner (1970-1975), Thomas F. Rogers (1975-1978), Reba L. Keele (1978-1979), Gary L. Browning (1979-1981, 1982-1983), Karen Lynn (1981-1982), De Lamar Jensen (1983-1986), Thomas Matheson (1986-1988), Alan F. Keele (1988-1993), James Faulconer (1994-1995), Susan Easton Black (1995-1998), Daniel Fairbanks (1998-1999), K. Newell Dayley (2000), J. Scott Miller (2000-2007), Madison U. Sowell (2007-2009), Gary L. Hatch (2009-2010), Rory Scanlon (2010-2012), Joseph Parry (2012-2016), and Spencer Magleby (2016- ).

Biographical / Historical

The General Education and Honors administrative body was formed at Brigham Young University in 1986, when General Education and University Honors Education were placed under the leadership of one administrator, known as the Dean of General Education and Honors, who reported directly to the university. This continued until 2002 when the name was changed to Undergraduate Education, which reflected its main focus. General Education and Honors oversaw the GE component of a BYU education as well as the Honors Program. At various points in its existence, the administration also supervised First-Year Writing, Freshman Academy, the Freshman Year Office, and Pre-professional Advisement.

Deans of General Education and Honors included James R. Kearl (1986-1989), Harold L. Miller Jr. (1989-1993), Paul A. Cox (1993-1997), James E. Faulconer (Acting Dean, 1997-1998; Dean, 1998-2000), and George S. Tate (2000-2002).

Biographical / Historical

The General Education program was officially established around 1952-1953 at Brigham Young University. The program is responsible for all general education requirements of the university core, and the General Education Office also facilitates faculty and course development. Supervisors of General Education included Noel B. Reynolds (director until 1982), William E. Evenson (director, 1982-1983; dean, 1983-1985), Donald K. Jarvis (dean, 1985-1986), and John D. Bell (dean, 2008-2015). In 1986, GE became part of General Education and Honors and was supervised by that dean and staff. In 2002, the College of Undergraduate Education was established, overseeing General Education, Honors, and associated programs. As of 2022, the General Education program was administered by the College of Undergraduate Education and overseen by an associate dean of Undergraduate Education.


77 boxes (38.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in five series: 1. Department of Honors and General Education administrative records, 1965-1993. 2. Department of Honors and General Education correspondence, 1980-1993. 3. Department of Honors and General Education records on Alcuin Awards, 1985-1991. 4. Department of Honors and General Education on Honors Program, 1960-1995. 5. College of General Education dean records, 1980-2012.

Custodial History

Transferred from Records Management, August 2005 and June 2007. Later addition donated by George S. Tate in June 2012.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred; Records Management; 2005, 2007.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; George S. Tate; June 2012.


Departmental records (University Archives collecting policy, July 2003).

Processing Information

Processed; J. Gordon Daines III; October 2005.

Processing Information

Processed; Austen Hunsaker and Karen Glenn; September 2023. File and item-level description added.

  • Articles and reprints by George Tate, including photocopies.
  • Three publication reprints, Mediaveal Scandinavia 1978-79, Scripta Islandica 1985, and Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages Volume VII
Register of College of Undergraduate Education records
Rose Frank
2011 September 1
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections. University Archives Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo UT 84602 US