My reaction would be to define "obsolescence" of a course as when the course itself is no longer being offered by the university. That being said, the individual records within the series can become obsolete before the course itself. Syllabi, handouts, descriptions, etc. are constantly being changed and updated. In my case, I would like to see the complete package come to the Archives documenting the evolution of the course rather than individual records being transferred as they are superseded. Unfortunately this rarely happens.
Janice Schulz, CRM
University Records Manager and Archives Specialist
Archives & Rare Books Library
University of Cincinnati
P.O. Box 210113
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0113
Campus Location: 806 Blegen
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From: Records Management Program [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Tamara Livingston
Sent: Tuesday, April 06, 2010 9:50 AM
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Subject: University Records Retention Clarification
According to the Records Retention Guidelines set for the University System of Georgia by the Board of Regents, we are to retain "Course Records" for "7 years after obsolescence." The full citation is:
"Course Records: This series provides a record of departmental course offerings and individual course contents. This series may include but is not limited to: syllabi; course descriptions; course outlines; course summaries; course requests and proposals; curriculum approval lists; lists of classes by term; bibliographies; readings lists; course announcements; handout materials; and related documentation and correspondence."
The legal citation is : O.C.G.A. 9-3-24 (Actions on simple written contracts; exceptions: "All actions upon simple contracts in writing shall be brought within six years after the same becomes due and payable.")
The question I have is a practical one - how does one determine "obsolescence" of a course/sylllabus?
I had a faculty member stump me on this one, so I'd love to hear from any university records managers out there...!
Tamara E. Livingston, Ph.D., C.A.
Director of Archives, Special Collections and Records Management
Kennesaw State University
1000 Chastain Road, MD #1704
Kennesaw, GA 30144
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