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Title: Division of Cooperative Education records
Dates:n.d., 1914-2007
Call Number:A16

Scope and Content Note

The records of the Division of Cooperative Education consist of just under twenty-nine cubic feet of material and spanning the years 1914-2007. These records document the early stages of the cooperative education program and the Division's administrative, research, and programming activities, particularly from the 1970s into the early 2000s. The collection has been divided into six series: 1. Early History and Development, 2. Office of the Vice President, 3. Office of the Dean, 4. Department of Cooperative Education, 5. Research and Special Programs, and 6. Office of the Diversity Coordinator.

Series 1, Early History and Development, tracks the cooperative program from 1914 through 1960. The records of placement, enrollment, and employment found in this series document the growth of the University and the cooperative program itself. This series also contains early program descriptions that explain how the cooperative plan was organized.

Series 2, Office of the Vice President, contains records from the Office of the Vice President, documenting the history of the Division from its creation in 1965 to its dissolution in 2007. This series also documents several substantial reorganization efforts undertaken by the Division during the 1990s and contains records related to faculty and staff workload and status within the University system. The bulk of the records are alphabetically-arranged subject files maintained by the Office of the Vice President through the administrations of Roy Wooldridge, Jane Scarborough, Robert Vozzella, and Richard Porter. Researchers should note that there is substantial topical overlap between the materials that originated from the Office of the Vice President and the materials contained in Series 3-6. Included in this series are divisional annual reports, budgets, correspondence, memoranda, minutes from various committees, memoranda, and documentation of Northeastern's involvement in various cooperative education advocacy and expansion projects.

Series 3, Office of the Dean, documents the administration of the Department of Cooperative Education. The years 1970-1990 are especially well-represented, with minutes of department and faculty meetings, statements of policies and procedures, and reports detailing the program and the theories of cooperative education. In addition, reports and correspondence between the department and the National Commission for Cooperative Education document the University's leadership and involvement in the national cooperative education movement.

This series also contains materials on Northeastern's role in Phase II desegregation. These records were collected by Dean Paul Pratt, a member of the Phase II Advisory Committee. They document Northeastern's partnership with Madison Park High School and the programs that grew out of this partnership. Researchers interested in the desegregation of Boston schools should also refer to the Freedom House Collection, and the records of the Office of the President (Ryder).

Series 4, Department of Cooperative Education, is largely comprised of the records of Professor Stephen Kane. Kane's subject files document the creation and management of the Coop in Israel program. They also include: records of committees that Kane served on; departmental correspondence, memoranda, and reports; and information regarding cooperative employers.

In addition to Kane's records, the series documents the annual Cooperative Education and Alcott Awards selection process and ceremony, committees, cooperative employment, and publications. The committee records include minutes, memoranda, and reports of both permanent and temporary committees. The cooperative employment section documents employers, positions, wages, and policies through the 1960s and 1970s.This series also contains the data from surveys completed in the 2000s by students and employers on the cooperative employment experience. Most of the publications were created by the University. Publications not created at Northeastern that describe Northeastern's cooperative program are included here as well.

Series 5, Research and Special Programs, documents the units of the Division that were created to fulfill specific needs. This series documents its research, outreach, and consulting activities, and illuminates Northeastern's role in the national and international cooperative education movement. The Institute for Off-Campus Experience and Cooperative Education, the International Cooperative Education Program, and the Office of Graduate Placement are represented in this series. The grant proposals and research reports contained in this series are products of the activities of The Center for Cooperative Education and The Cooperative Education Research Center.

Series 6, Office of the Diversity Coordinator, documents the activities of the Diversity Coordinator and the Minority Liaison, the position that preceded that of Diversity Coordinator. These positions were held by Patricia Venter from 1987-2004. The Minority Liaison/Diversity Coordinator was responsible for supporting minority students through the co-op process and providing diversity training opportunities to faculty and staff within the University and other groups by special arrangement. This series contains annual reports, three- and six-month reports by the Diversity Coordinator's Assistant (a co-op position), newsletters and promotional literature. Also in this series are materials related to the specific programs of the Diversity Coordinator's office which were designed to increase awareness of cultural diversity issues and enhance the co-op experience for minority students, such as the co-op buddy program and the train-the-trainers workshops.