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December 22, 2011

Federation: A Process Not An Event

Forty-five years ago, on December 23,1966, the Joint Case-WRU Trustee Committee recommended establishment of a federated university to be called Case Western Reserve University "to bring into being a nationally-recognized community of academic excellence." Federation became effective July 1, 1967. The official legal action establishing the new corporation was not the culmination of bringing together two very different academic institutions, but one of many steps lasting at least seven years.

Formal exploration began in summer 1965 when the Case and WRU Trustees authorized establishment of the Office of Inter-Institutional Cooperation to coordinate joint planning and action.

The year before Federation, the departments of biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics of the separate schools were combined.

CWRU’s first alma mater was adopted in March 1968.

The combined University Undergraduate Student Government was established by a vote of the students in May 1969.

The new University-wide Faculty Senate held its first meeting in March 1970.

By 1972 all the varsity sports teams had merged and the first all-CWRU student yearbook was published.

Other milestones in planning and implementing Federation, as well as some of the key documents, are available at Federation: A Process Not an Event

Posted by jmt3 at December 22, 2011 08:30 PM

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