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Collection Overview
Title: University College records
Location:30/1, 30/4
Call Number:A50
Volume:1.35 cubic ft. (2 boxes)
Scope and Content Abstract:The collection documents Northeastern's University College and its academic programs. It includes administrative records, brochures, course materials, handbooks, student surveys, promotional materials, correspondence, and the 1962 yearbook "Memoro."
Historical Abstract:Northeastern's University College was founded in 1960. With an open admissions policy, its mission was to educate adult students with previous work experience, part-time students working toward an undergraduate degree, and full-time students who had varied scheduling requirements. Soon after its founding, the school began offering courses at satellite campuses. Enrollment was 4,000 in 1960, grew to 12,000 by 1975, peaked at 14,000 in 1980, and then declined to 10,700 in 1989 and 7,500 in 1996. The name of University College changed in 2003 to School of Professional Continued Studies.
Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Viola, Joy W.

  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.) -- University College
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.) -- Lincoln College
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.) -- Lowell Institute School

  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.) -- Curricula
  • Continuing education -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Adult education -- Massachusetts -- Boston

Restrictions:Records are closed for 25 years from the date of their creation, unless researchers have written permission from the creating office.
Processor:Finding aid prepared by Brittany Lehman, November 2005

Scope and Content Note

The collection is roughly 1.35 cubic feet and dates from 1960 to 2005 with the bulk of content dates from 1970 and 1990. This collection documents University College and its academic programs. It includes brochures, course offerings, financial information, correspondence, and handbooks; a number of these are joint publications of University College and either Lincoln College or the Lowell Institute. Brochures on individual academic programs are filed under the program name. The collection also includes surveys of students and prospective students, packages of promotional material, guides to programs, and "Memoro," a yearbook produced by University College in 1962. Included in the course and program information is material on Women's Career Program, programs through the office of international affairs, and multi-media courses. In the folder "Class Day Exercises" researchers will find material on: Class Day Reception, Spring Reception, Senior Awards Banquet, Academic Awards List, and Academic Awards Banquet.

Historical Note

Established in the fall of 1960, University College is a part-time undergraduate division of Northeastern and is accredited by the New England Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. In its first year, 4,000 students enrolled. With an open admissions policy, University College's mandate was to educate adult students with previous work experience, part-time students working toward an undergraduate degree, and full-time students who had varied scheduling requirements. Because of traffic and parking concerns, the college soon began offering courses outside of Boston in Burlington, Framingham, and Weymouth. By 1975 University College had also made use of educational facilities in other locations, including Ayer, Bedford, Bourne, Boxford, Haverhill, Lynn, Lynnfield, Milford, Norwood, Reading, and Springfield. In the early 1970s, University College expanded its adult day and full-time programs. Traditional part-time programs also grew, with degrees being offered in almost 40 fields of study. By 1975 enrollment had tripled to 12,000. University College introduced the Alternative Freshman Year program in 1976, offering intensive training in math and writing to students who did not qualify for entry into Northeastern's day colleges.

In the 1980s, accreditation concerns resulted in significant revisions to University College's business courses. The accreditation committee had mandated stricter conditions such as higher entrance requirements, increased participation by the full-time business faculty in the preparation of University College programs, classroom location restrictions for higher-level courses, and implementation of standardized testing procedures. The result was a 25% decline in enrollment in the business program but an increase in its prestige and the revenue it generated.

Another important development in the 1980s was the separation of the Center for Continuing Education from University College and the center's incorporation into the Division of Continuing Education in 1986. This allowed University College to focus on degree and certificate programs while the Center for Continuing Education dealt with non-credit programs. Later, however, Northeastern reversed course and decided to consolidate its adult education programs and in 1995, the Division of Continuing Education became part of University College.

The 1990s posed challenges for University College. Fewer students under the age of 30 were seeking part-time education, and it faced competition as other area colleges and universities introduced part-time programs. Enrollment -- which had peaked at 14,000 in 1980 and dropped to 10,700 in 1989 -- fell to 7,500 by 1996. Despite this drop, low overhead and tuition increases enabled University College to continue. During the 1990s, downtown and suburban satellite campuses expanded and overseas programs were introduced. At the same time, the Alternative Freshman Year program became smaller and more selective. In 2003 University College changed its name to School of Professional Continued Studies. It continues on the quarter system and offers undergraduate, graduate, graduate certificate, and professional development programs for adult, part time, and graduate students. The School also provides online and distance learning through the Lowell Institute.

1960-1961Albert E. Everett
1961-1963Albert Hanson
1963-1966Lawrence Allen
1966-1969John S. Bailey
1969-1978Kenneth Ballou
1978-1997John W. Jordan
1997-1998Arlene T. Greenstein, Interim Dean
1998-2001Leon M. Zaborowski, Vice Provost Adult and Continuing Education and Dean, University College
2001- 2003Judith Stoessel, Interim Dean
2004-Kevin Currie, Senior Associate Dean of Adult and Continuing Education

Feldscher, Karen. The Curry Years: Smaller but Better; Northeastern University, 1989-1996. (Boston: Northeastern University Publications, 2000).

Frederick, Antoinette. Northeastern University: An Emerging Giant, 1959-1975. (Stoughton: The Alpine Press, 1982).

Frederick, Antoinette. Northeastern University, Coming of Age: The Ryder Years, 1975-1989. (Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1995.)

Marston, Everett C. Origin and Development of Northeastern University, 1898-1960. (Boston: Cuneo Press of New England,1961).

Woods, James A. "A Cooperative Idea: Extraordinary Vision" in Expectations, Boston College: Advancing the University from Within. (Boston: Boston College, 2004), pp. 57-67.
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1Adult Teaching Trends Conference1992, 1995
1Arts, Courses in the1977-1978
1Astronomy and Biology, Exam Questions1964-1966
1Automobile Damage Appraisal 2004
1Alternative Freshman Year Programn.d.
1Book Fair1981
1Burlington Campus1980, n.d.
1Financial District, Downtown Campus1985, 1988
1Haverhill Campusn.d.
1Business Information Systems and Design, Curriculum of1964
1Business Programs1983
1Career Counsel-Rama1977
1Career Services1982
1Charles Playhouse Seminar 1966-1967
1Christmas Decorations Workshop1978
1Class Day Exercises 1970- 2001
1College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)n.d.
1Clinical Cytotechnology Certificate Program1978, 1980
1Communications, Components of1979-1980
1Cooperative Education Pilot Program[ca. 1980]
1Course Conversion Guide1963-1979 (incomplete)
Course Offerings and Schedules
1Marketing and Sales1979
1Marshfield Campus1978-1981
1Medford Campus1979
1Reading Campus1979
1Credit for Non-Collegiate Sponsored Courseworkn.d.
1Dean Search Committee1980
1Enrollment Trends1968
1Environmental Management I, II, III1976-1977
1European Art Seminars1971, 1977, 1979, 1984
1Executive and Professional Development Programs2005
1Fact Bookn.d.
1Faculty Development Workshops1993-1995
1Faculty Handbook1989
1Faculty Handbook, Lincoln College and University Collegen.d.
1Financial Aid, Office ofn.d.
1Graduation Programs1980-1981
1Graphic Arts Program1986-1989
1Guide to Undergraduate Part-Time Education 1964-1976
1Health Science, Bachelor of Science part-time programn.d., 1980-1981
1Henderson House1988
1"Higher Education and Northeastern University (A Service Analysis)" (Management Seminar Group Project)1974
1Hotel and Restaurant Managementn.d.
1Insurance Institute, course descriptions1973-1978
International Affairs
1Singapore Project 1980- 1982
1Viola, Joy W. (Dean)1980- 1985
1Law Enforcement and Security Courses1961-1966, 1970
1Lectures: Jonathon Kozol1968
1Library Science1968, 1971, 1979-1980
1Music1967, 1982, n.d.
1New York Art Seminar1974-1979
1News Release: "Northeastern to Establish 'University College'"n.d.
1Northeastern University Guide to Programs[19--]
1Paralegal Professional Program1997
1Part-Time Undergraduate Programs: Promotional Material1989-1991
1Project Management Program
1Radio Courses 1970 - 1976
1 Radiologic Technology Programn.d., 1981
1Reports: Committee to Assess the Organizational Structure of University College and the Division of Continuing Education1991
1Environmental Scanning Committee Report1993
1LEEP Off-Campus Course Approval (Self Evaluation)[ca1978]
1"Programs and Registrations:" American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) – Northeastern University Entertainment Alliance (NUEA) Joint Report1975
1"Technical Obsolescence: Fact or Fallacy" (Louis Vrettos)n.d.
1Scholarship Informationn.d.
1Statistical Tables1983- 1986
1Student Handbook1964
1Student Handbook, University College and Lincoln Collegen.d., 1967-1971, 1988
1Student Handbook, University College and School of Engineering Technologyn.d.
1Success Stories1993
1Academic and Career Counseling Survey1986
1Student Data Survey1976-1977
1Student Survey1971
1A Study of Students who Dropped Courses1987
1Survey of Inactive Students1985
1A Survey of Inquirers
1A Survey of Inquirers Who Chose Not to Attend University College1991
1University College Student Survey1971,1989- 1993
1University College New Student Survey1991-1994
1Technical Writing and Computer Systemsn.d.
1Testimonial Dinners1974, 1980
1Therapeutic Recreation Services1971-1982
1Transportation and Physical Distribution Management1972-1973, 1980-1981
1Transportation and Traffic Management1961-1962
1Tutorial Services1986
2TV-Course n.d.
2University Planning Committee1977- 1986
2Withdrawal Policy1971
2Women's Career Program (Project)1975-1986
2Women, Programs for Adult1964-1967
2Workshop in the Management of Small Business1960-1961
2Writers' Conferences1969-1970
2Yearbook: "Memoro"1962