Super Serious University Overview

Super Serious University is a regional public university that is well-funded. It serves a diverse student population from the state in which it is located. The university’s history is fairly recent, beginning in the mid-1950’s as a regional branch of Bigger University (BU). It later gained independence from BU in 1962. It started its first graduate programs in 1984. The school has numerous degree programs, but specifically has a small but well regarded program that relates to apple cultivation, biology and etc. The university focuses on teaching, but some faculty do publish in well respected journals. SSU is divided into three colleges: College of Agriculture, College of Science, and College of the Arts.

Organizational Structure

  • President: Over college
  • Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs
    • Dean of College of Sciences
    • Dean of College of Arts
    • Dean of College of Agriculture
  • Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Vice President for Operations

Super Serious University began as a regional campus under Big University. Due to growth SSU was declared an independent institution as Serious Normal College and State University and fell under the University System of Dreams. As an independent institution, Serious Normal College and State University was directed by numerous board members under President SoSo. SSU is part of the University System of Dreams, which is overseen by the Board of Imaginary Regents.

Major Name Changes

1952-1958: Serious Normal Junior College 1958-1965: Serious Normal College and State University 1965-1984: Serious State University 1984- Present: Super Serious University

Mission and Vision Statements

Super Serious University Mission Statement

Super Serious University is a comprehensive public institution educating a diverse student body, preparing students for leadership and lifelong learning in a multicultural world, and enhancing the future of the region, the state, the nation, and the world through teaching, research and creative activity, and service.

Super Serious University Vision Statement

Super Serious State University aspires to be an academic leader recognized for innovation and quality in teaching and learning, international standing in strategic research areas, and commitment to outreach and service to the Super Serious Delta and beyond.

Super Serious University Archives Mission Statement

The mission of the Archives of Super Serious University is to collect, preserve and make available for research the historically significant records of the university and its surrounding geographical area, with an emphasis on local horticulture. Through innovative outreach, programming, and exhibitions, we serve diverse communities in their pursuit of lifelong learning.

Super Serious Archives Vision Statement

Our vision is to help the University create lifelong learners who are able to provide innovative solutions to the Super Serious Delta and beyond by: Providing access to an ever-growing collection of digitized materials Enhancing the learning environment through the use of primary sources Fostering relationships between the university and community through outreach Focusing collecting on local apple cultivation

Advisory Group for Collecting

The SSU Archives will seek the input of outside voices to help ensure that we are documenting our collecting areas appropriately, aware of major occurrences that need to be documented, and connected to our various research communities. We will seek to have input from the following voices who will form an advisory group.

  • Representative from University Board of Directors
  • Representative(s) of surrounding areas (Community Group)
  • Local Horticultural Expert/Group Representative
  • Student Council Representative
  • Representative from Local Historical Society
  • Faculty Member(s)
  • Library Director or appointed representative
  • Staff council representative
  • Alumni
  • Legal Affairs Representative

Collecting Scope

The following areas compromise the collecting scope for SSU Archives.

University Archives

We are the repository for permeant records for the SSU. We seek to document the major aspects and functions of the university. We focus on documenting the following main areas:

  • Teaching and Learning
    • We want to document major practices of teaching and learning on campus. We aim to do this through documenting official records covered by SSU retention schedules and records that may lie outside the schedule.
  • Student life
    • Student life is important to any university. We seek to document student life through collecting student organization records, oral histories of alumni, and records of major student focused event.
  • Research activities of the university
    • SSU creates a large body of research for a university of its size. We consider it important to document this research and the research processes. This will include collecting final research products, data sets, and research protocols.

Local History and Culture

We seek to document the community and its activities surrounding SSU. Our hope is to create body of information that documents all aspects of the culture, people and daily life for our community. We will focus on documenting the following areas. We will prioritize the collecting of materials from that are not widely represented in our current collections.

  • Celebrations, events, and parades
  • Development
  • History
  • Local Societies and clubs

Local Horticulture

We seek to document the history of horticultural in the area around SSU. Some of this collecting overlaps with our other collecting areas, and maybe duplicated in university archives. We want to emphasize the following collecting areas for inclusion in SSU Archives:

  • Records the University’s horticulture practices and research, specifically partnerships with private organizations that may not be found in university archives.
  • Local community horticulture events
  • Agricultural Companies that are based or have a significant presences in our community.
  • The records of Smallholders

Collecting Criteria

SSU Archives defines the level in which we collect in the following ways, Collecting, Minimal, and Not Collecting. These levels of collecting guide our decisions about our collecting scope and are based on provenance, format


The archives will collect all of the materials in the following categories:

  • University records including records of major administrators, faculty senate, university committees and task forces.
  • Documents the give and overview of community activities and events
  • Official student organization records
  • Estate and farm records with an emphasis on diaries and account records
  • Records documenting the relationship between agribusiness and the local community
  • Local business records in all formats
  • Local organizational records in all formats

Minimal Collecting

The archive will collect only the minimal amount needed to document our collecting areas given the following criteria:

  • Electronic Records: due to staff and infrastructure
  • Organizations that are not headquartered or deeply tied to community horticultural business
  • Student organizational records that are not filed with Student Affairs
  • Promotional materials generated by the university this includes non-textual records such as bobble heads, paperweights, etc.
  • Photographs and Audio Visual materials of community events after 1995

Not Collecting

The following are criteria for materials to not be collected by the archives.

  • Materials that are not within scope and contain no content associated with our scopes
  • materials on volatile media that may be susceptible to rapid degradation
  • Large format materials including painting, photographs, and prints
  • News papers or news paper clipping files
  • Records that have conflicts of ownership or copyright
  • Clothing and fabric except under special circumstances
  • Large furniture and other items
  • Moldy and damaged materials
  • Materials that fall outside of the directives of this policy.

Restrictions and Exceptions

Normally, materials transferred are normal accepted if no restrictions are attached. Under special circumstances will materials

Donor Privacy Policy

The archives will not trade, share, or sell a donor’s private information. When collecting materials the archives pays attention to the privacy of our donors and third parties, and may from time to time restrict information deemed to violate their privacy that go beyond the scope of the agreement between the donor and the archive.

Reappraisal and Disposition

The archives may make decisions about disposing of materials it has collected. Specifically during processing, duplicates materials will be discarded or returned to the donor. If materials acquired from outside donors have been slated for disposition, the archives will first offer the materials to the original donor or their heirs. If the donor or their heirs no longer want the materials, they will be offered to an appropriate archival repository for donation. If an appropriate repository can not be found, the materials will be disposed up through an appropriate means.