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UA04: President's Planning Group

Identifier: UA04

Scope and Contents

This collection is made up of several small series. It is organized as far as possible chronologically. It should be noted that the arranger in 2013 made some changes to an earlier organization of materials, in order to aid researchers in locating information and to document as far as possible the stages of development of the planning documents and the WPI Plan itself. Titled cardboard dividers for groups of folders have in some cases been re-arranged or removed, but any that were removed can be found in Box 5. These dividers may have shown the Planning Group's organization of the materials, and each has a letter attached, which can be linked to many of the folders which also have letters and numbers. What follows is a series list as folders are currently organized. The Planning Group was also referred to as the President's Planning Committee, so these terms are used interchangeably.

Series I contains WPI materials before the Planning Group began but relevant to its charge.

Series II includes the charge by President Storke to the Planning Group, the Group/Committee's meeting minutes, published statements, some financial analysis and other early 1969 notes, input from faculty and students, results of a questionnaire sent to recruiters from companies employing WPI graduates, and a committee status report sent to President Storke in March, 1969.

Series III is notes on Planning Day held April 16, 1969. It includes Recorders' minutes of Planning Day sessions.

Series IV contains reports and responses about "Two Towers Part III," and notes for and from, and comments after, Planning Day II, held October 3, 1969.

Series V contains memos and reports from the sub-committees to the Planning Committee.

Series VI contains material for Report Number IV, dated around December 1969 to March 1970. It also includes proposed amendements to "Two Towers IV by members of the Planning Committee.

Series VII is primarily correspondence with WPI community members and others in 1969 and 1970. In this series is the faculty vote in May 1970 on the Planning Committee Report.

Series VIII is made up of articles and clippings about other colleges' and universities' programs and innovations, in 1969 and 1970. The first folder in this series has articles that made up a Planning Committee scrapbook.

Series VIX (in Box 5) has a folder with a box and folder/group list of the original arrangement of this collection. Also in Box 5 are placards with witty sayings, and some of the dividers used in the original arrangement.


  • 1963 - 1970

Conditions Governing Access

Permission of Archivist

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply.

Biographical / Historical

The President's Planning Committee was initiated by President Harry Storke in the fall of 1968 begining with the appointment of Bill Shipman and William Roadstrum. Shipman recruited John van Alstyne, Charles Heventhal, Jack Boyd, and Stephen Weiniger. Roy Seaburg served as secretary to the committee. President Storke, members of the Board of Trustees, and facutly had been concerned for some time about declining enrollment and an educational program that had not changed substantially for many years. It was hoped that this group would examine the educational program and, with input from the WPI community, propose some major changes.

The Planning Group submitted a report in the spring of 1969 and received the go-ahead from President Storke. The committee disbanded and reformed with an elected group consisting of Bill Shipman, John van Alstyne, Charles Heventhal, Jack Boyd, Bill Grogan and Romeo Moruzzi. The outcome of the group's work, incorporating planning days and input with the WPI community, was the WPI Plan, which radically changed undergraduate education at WPI.

The President's Planning Group dissolved itself in May of 1970 after the Plan was approved. Several committees, including an implementation committee, were formed to carry forward the Plan to realization.


2 Linear Feet (5 flip-top document boxes)

Language of Materials



These are the records of the President's Planning Group, authorized by President Harry B. Storke in 1968 to "study the role of Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the engineering and scientific community and to propose to the President and to the Faculty detailed plans for implementation of this role in the future..."


Former collection number: RG 025.01

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Repository Details

Part of the WPI University Archives Repository

100 Institute Road
George C. Gordon Library
Worcester MA 01609 USA