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Records of the University of Florida Board of University Examiners

Identifier: Series 020

Scope and Content

Series 20 contains records created by the University Examiner's office. The documents in this series cover the 1960s and early 1970s primarily. However, data for earlier years on University College comprehensive exams and the Florida Twelfth Grade Test are also included. The series contains records related to the curriculum, organization, and examinations of the University College. Also included are data, reports, and correspondence concerning the Florida Twelfth Grade Testing Program as well as McQuitty's files related to his committee appointments. The latter include the University College Policy Committee, 1963-1971, the Committee to Examine the Honor System, 1971, and the Committee on Ethical Attitudes of University Students, 1957.


  • Majority of material found within 1960-1975
  • 1936-1975



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Biographical/Historical Note

The Board of University Examiners was created in 1935 to administer comprehensive examinations held by the General College (later University College) and all admissions and placement examinations required by the University of Florida. Shortly after its creation, the Board was given responsibility for the Florida Twelfth Grade Testing Program. (A minimum score on the Florida Twelfth Grade Test was required of in-state applicants for admission to one of the state universities.) For a period of time, the Board also conducted clerical and stenographic tests for University staff.

Policy for the Board was set by a committee which included the Registrar, the Dean of the University College, and three members appointed by the University President. For the first two years, the Board was part of the Registrar's Office. In 1937, the Board was made an independent unit and, in 1939, the position of University Examiner was created. The Examiner reported directly to the President.

John Vredenburgh McQuitty was appointed University Examiner and he remained at that position until the Board was abolished in 1973. In the early 1970s, a decision was made to phase out the University College and 1973 was the first year that freshmen and sophomores were not required to enter the lower college. The Florida Twelfth Grade Test was also superseded by the Scholastic Aptitude Test that year. Since 1973, all standardized testing conducted on campus has been supervised by the Office of Instructional Resources.


9.25 Linear feet (9 boxes)

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Records created by the University Examiners office, covering the 1960s and early 1970s primarily.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Processing Information

This finding aid was revised in August 2022. Recognizing that historical terms do not always completely or directly map to contemporary terms, that historical terms can be offensive or inaccurately describe a person or group, and that the presence of both historical and contemporary terms may be useful for researcher discovery, the archivist has attempted to employ historical terms as they originally appear in the context of the collection, in the description, along with contemporary terms in brackets.

A Guide to the Records of the University of Florida Board of University Examiners, 1936-1975
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September 2006 (updated August 2022)
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Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America