Stanford Continuing Studies: The History
of a Unique Learning Community
Jointly presented by Stanford
Continuing Studies and Stanford Historical
February 17, 2015
Braun Auditorium, Mudd Chemistry Building,
333 Campus Drive (corner of Roth Way and
(Note: Parking structure 1 is located at the
corner of Roth Way and Campus Drive)
No Registration Required
In 1988 Stanford launched the Continuing Studies Program (CSP) as an experiment. Seven courses were offered that first Fall quarter, and nobody knew if there would be enough enrollments to continue into Winter and Spring. There were. And now, a little over 25 years later, CSP offers 450 courses every year that enroll over 14,000 students, and sponsors another 50 free public programs, lectures, performances, and symposia for its loyal learning community.
Please join us for a look back and an exploratory conversation with three of CSP’s founders and leaders. Why did the university establish such a program? Who teaches in it and why? What are the demographics and motivations of CSP students? How does it compare with other adult education programs around the country and historically (e.g. the Lyceum movement, Chautauqua, the Open University, and the Ethical Culture Society)? And – even though this is a Historical Society program – we’ll want to hear from you where you think CSP ought to go in the future.
William M. Chace Professor of English, Emeritus; President of Wesleyan and Emory Universities, Emeritus
Bill Chace was Vice Provost for Institutional Planning at Stanford in the mid-1980’s when he chaired the committee that drafted the CSP program. He was one of the most sought-after teachers in the CSP and MLA programs, offering courses in Irish literature (especially Joyce), modern poetry, and American intellectual history.
Marsh H. McCall Professor of Classics, Emeritus
Marsh served as the inaugural Dean of Continuing Studies from 1988 until 1999, bringing the program from its fledgling beginnings to its robust maturity. Marsh has taught over 40 courses in the CSP program that are not only among the most popular and highly enrolled, but are life-transforming experiences for many students.
Charles Junkerman Associate Provost and Dean of Continuing Studies
Charlie took over as Dean in 1999, and has overseen the growth of the CSP learning community to its current size. He is responsible for adding public programs and performances to the CSP menu, and has initiated dozens of collaborative projects with colleagues within and beyond the university. He teaches popular literature courses regularly in both the CSP and MLA programs.
Sandstone & Tile, Fall 2014
Volume 38, Number 3
The Stanford Band: A 50-Year History
Norm Robinson: Almost every conversation about the Stanford Band begins with three questions—“Why do they do what they do?” “Why can’t they just march like a normal band?” And “Why doesn’t the university do something?” I always give the same three-word answer: “It’s the band.” But the true reason goes back to some pivotal events in 1962 and 1963. (read more)
Moral Citizens: Coeducational Transformation at Stanford, 1965–1969
by Meredith Wheeler
On September 22, 1965, when Stanford freshmen moved into the all-female Roble Hall, university administrators presented them with two documents. The first outlined the preregistration activities—qualifying examinations, meetings with faculty advisors, and house meetings—they would soon take part in. The second detailed the social regulations they were bound by as newly enrolled Stanford undergraduates. In just under a dozen pages, “Social Regulations and Procedures” exhaustively documented sign-out rules, chaperone policies, and enforcement of rules in campus dormitories. Roble freshmen were permitted 25 late leaves during their first quarter. Otherwise, they were required to return to their dormitory by 10:30 each evening, at which point Roble was closed to men. For each late-leave request, female undergraduates had to fill out a card stipulating where they were going, with whom, and what time they would return. Just four years later, Roble Hall was the site of some of the first coeducational hallways in the country.
Also In This Issue:
- A Longer View of Women's Enrollment at Stanford: 1891-2013
- Stanford through the Century
- SHS News
- SHS Membership Roster
- SHS 2013-2014 Financial Summary
- SHS Acknowledgements
- Upcoming Society Activities
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Stanford and VIA (Volunteers in Asia):
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Stanford Street Names: A Pocket Guide. Revised and Updated
Why does Stanford have streets named Electioneer,
Lasuen, Charles Marx, Olmsted, and Santa Teresa?
A revised and updated pocket guide to Stanford streets tells all
If you have ever wondered about these or other street names on the Stanford campus, you have a kindred spirit in Stanford professor Richard W. Cottle.
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