Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Rice University Glasscock School of Continuing Studies records, 1968-2013 UA 333

creator Rice University
Title: Rice University Glasscock School of Continuing Studies records
Dates: 1968-2013
Abstract: The collection consists of historical information about and publications of the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies from the 1960s through 2013. The publications are about specific programs, conferences, and institutes, as well as course description brochures and course catalogues.
Identification: UA 333
Quantity: 4.5 Linear Feet (7 boxes)
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical / Historical

The story of the development of the Rice University Glasscock School of Continuing Studies is an account of continuous expansion guided by consistent principles of value and economic viability. When President Kenneth Pitzer first announced establishment of the Office of Continuing Studies (OCS) in 1961, the intended purpose was to bridge a gulf between the university and the surrounding community by offering courses designed particularly to inform professionals of new developments in technical fields. The first directors of the OCS, Carl Wischmeyer, Nat W. Krahl, and Sam H. Davis, were faculty members in engineering departments. Expansion of offerings of the OCS coincided with the building up of the humanities and social sciences that began under President Pitzer and transformed Rice from an institute to a university.

The aim of keeping offerings of the OCS capable of paying for themselves led to changes in the audience envisioned for courses. When Malcolm R. MacPhail succeeded Sam Davis as OCS director in 1973, the office began to see the full range of academic disciplines as having contributions to make “in the service of society.” MacPhail invited any faculty interested in giving a class “primarily for the benefit of the public” to contact him. Expansion of the mission of the office was also due to the influence of John L. Margrave, dean of advanced studies and research, who had assumed administrative responsibility for OCS in 1972. The strategy of expanding the offerings of the office succeeded in putting it on a firm financial footing for the first time.

In the spring of 1974 courses in conversational French, German, Portuguese, Spanish, and Russian that began the continuously successful Language Program were offered for the first time. In July 1974 Dr. Linda Driskill, then teaching in the English Department and the Jones School of Administration, was brought in by Dean Margrave and Director MacPhail to be assistant director on a part-time basis. She became director when MacPhail retired in December. The years of Linda Driskill’s directorship were characterized by creative experimentation in diversifying OCS courses while maintaining a level of quality appropriate for a major university and also assuring that programs would recoup their costs. In addition to coming from Rice faculty, instructors were brought in from industry, government, and other community organizations. An idea for a series of short courses titled “Interpreting America,” capitalizing on public interest in the country’s 1976 bicentennial celebrations, led to seeking financial support from outside the university. To work with her on this program, Driskill brought in Dr. Mary McIntire, a recent Ph.D. graduate in English, to be its director. The “Interpreting America” program was precedent-setting for OCS in several ways. The idea of linking course offerings to something like the television series America, hosted by Alistair Cooke, presented a financial challenge that led to an agreement with Houston National Bank to underwrite “Interpreting America.” In subsequent years there have been collaborations of the School of Continuing Studies with the Houston Symphony, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Museum of Natural Science.

“Interpreting America” made the OCS more broadly visible to the Houston audience, and by 1981 its programs were attracting more than 3,000 enrollments per year. In 1982 Mary McIntire was promoted to director of OCS, and the administration of the university’s summer courses became its responsibility.

Expansion of course offerings, OCS staff, and enrollments continued in the 80s. By 1985 there were more than 5,500 enrollments per year. In 1986 Mary McIntire was named the first dean of Continuing Studies by President George Rupp, and six years later, President Rupp raised the status of the OCS to the School of Continuing Studies, giving it standing parallel to the university’s Schools of Humanities, Engineering, and Natural Sciences.

Meanwhile, the range of course offerings continued to expand. In 1987 the first courses in fund raising were offered. In 1995 the first professional development courses for teachers were added. Participants in Continuing Studies courses over time expressed an interest in having course credit lead to a degree. Thus, following approval by the university faculty, in 2005 a course sequence leading to the Rice Master of Liberal Studies was initiated.

In honor of an endowment gift from Melbern G. and Susanne M. Glasscock, in 2005 the School of Continuing Studies was renamed the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies. The following year an Advisory Board was established, made up of Rice faculty, Continuing Studies instructors, Rice alumni, and community members. In 2010 a gift from Rice alumni C. M. “Hank” and Demaris Hudspeth made possible establishment of the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership, building on the School’s more than twenty years of fundraising and non-profit programming.

An ongoing challenge through the years has been finding space on campus to house the administrative activities as well as the courses of the School. A fairly long-lasting solution came about in 1987 when the former Rice Museum became the Speros P. Martel Center for Continuing Studies. Since the majority of Continuing Studies classes took place during hours after most university classes, sufficient space for course meetings could be found in campus buildings. However, the continued growth of the School has been such that in 2009 with the support of President David Leebron, the Board of Trustees approved a plan to raise funds for a new building on campus to house staff, classrooms, and an auditorium for the Glasscock School. Ground (technically, pavement) was broken for the new building on Dec. 13, 2012, and completed in 2014. Recognizing major gifts for the building’s completion, it is called the D. Kent and Linda C. Anderson and Robert L. and Jean T. Clarke Center. (based in part on In the Service of Society: Continuing Studies at Rice 1968-1998 by Melissa Kean)

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of administrative records, publications about programs, course description brochures, photographs, and course catalogues covering the offerings of the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies from the 1960s to 2013. In addition to complete year by year sets of course description brochures and catalogues, there are materials representing the following programs and institutes: Advanced Placement Summer Institute 1996- DeLange Conference 2005- English as a Second Language Program 1997- Foreign Language Program 1986- Intensive English Program 1983- Living Texas Program 1976 Masters of Liberal Studies Program 2005- Rice Publishing Program 1989- Writer’s Conference 1992-


Access Restrictions

This material is open for research. Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Rice University Glasscock School of Continuing Studies records collection must be facilitated through the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.

Index Terms

clippings (information artifacts)
programs (documents)
Rice University

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Rice University Glasscock School of Continuing Studies records, 1968-2013, UA 333, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred to the Woodson Research Center from the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, 2013.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Administrative

Box Folder
1 1 History of the School of Continuing Studies 1968-1998
2 Newsclips 1971-
3 Fundraising campaigns
4 Correspondence
5 Newsletter "Connection" 1991-1993
6 Anniversaries 1988, 1993, 2003, 2008
7 Publicity
8 Renaming of the School of Continuing Studies 2005

Series II: Programs and Institutes

Box Folder
1 9 Advanced Placement Summer Institute 1996-
10 DeLange Conference 2005-
11 English as a Second Language Program 1997-
12 Foreign Language Program 1986-
13 Intensive English Program 1983-
14 Living Texas Program
15 Masters of Liberal Studies Program 2005-
16 Rice Publishing Program 1989-
Box Folder
2 1 Writer's Conference 1992-

Series III: Course schedules and descriptions

Box Folder
2 2 Course schedules 1981-
3 Course description brochures 1960s
4 Course description brochures 1970s
5 Course description brochures 1979
6 Course description brochures 1980
7 Course description brochures 1981
8 Course description brochures 1982
9 Course description brochures 1983
Box Folder
3 1 Course description brochures 1984
2 Course description brochures 1985
3 Course description brochures 1986
4 Course description brochures 1987
5 Course description brochures 1988
6 Course description brochures 1989
7 Course description brochures 1990
8 Course description brochures 1991
9 Course description brochures 1992
10 Course description brochures 1993
11 Course description brochures 1994
12 Course description brochures 1995
Box Folder
4 1 Course description brochures 1996
2 Course description brochures 1997
3 Course description brochures 1998
4 Course description brochures 1999
5 Course description brochures 2000
6 Course description brochures 2001
7 Course description brochures 2002
8 Course description brochures 2003
9 Course description brochures 2004
10 Course description brochures 2005
11 Course description brochures 2006
12 Course description brochures 2007
13 Course description brochures 2008
14 Course description brochures 2009
15 Course description brochures 2010
16 Course description brochures 2011
17 Course description brochures 2012

Series IV: Course catalogues

5 Winter 1985
Spring 1985
Fall 1985
Winter 1986
Spring 1986
Fall 1986
Winter 1987
Spring 1987
Fall 1987
Winter 1988
Spring 1988
Fall 1988
Winter 1989
Spring 1989
Fall 1989
Winter 1990
Spring 1990
Fall 1990
Winter 1991
Spring 1991
Fall 1991
Winter 1992
Spring 1992
Fall 1992
Winter 1993
Spring 1993
Summer 1993
Fall 1993
Winter 1994
Spring 1994
Summer 1994
Fall 1994
Winter 1995
Spring 1995
Fall 1995
Winter 1996
Spring 1996
Fall 1996
Winter 1997
Spring 1997
Fall 1997
Spring 1998
Fall 1998
Spring 1999
Fall 1999
Spring 2000
Fall 2000
Spring 2001
Fall 2001
Spring 2002
Fall 2002
Spring 2003
Fall 2003
Spring 2004
Fall 2004
Spring 2005
Fall 2005
Spring 2005
Fall 2006
Spring 2007
Fall 2007
Spring 2008
Fall 2008
Spring 2009
Fall 2009
Spring 2010
Fall 2010
Spring 2011
Fall 2011

Series V: Addendum

Course-related by year: files and photos
Box Folder
6 1 Foreign lanugage program
2 Language program, 4/86
3 Language program, 1987
4 Language program, 1988
5 Language program, 1989
6 English as a Second Language
7 English as a Second Language, 2000
8 Intrepreting America-Rice University's Program for the Bicentennial, 1976
9 Bicentennial program-Goldbeck exhibition, 1976
10 Living Texas, 1978
11 High Noon, 1978
12 Briefing on trade with Mexico, 1979
13 Waltzing Across Texas, 1983-85
14 Getting Publicity, 1984
15 Alleyworks, 1987
16 Portrait drawing, 1987
17 Economic Summit, 1990
18 Spring session art, 1991
19 Berlin Wall [piece] installation, Nov. 1991
20 Berlin Wall [piece] reception, 1991
21 Elinore Evans drawing, 1991
22 Opera, 1991
23 Writing for the movies, 1991
24 Berlin Wall and kids, 6/1992
25 Tissue engineering
26 Wine tasting, 1993
27 Wine tasting, 1994
28 AP Institute, 1996
29 Quest for Eternity w/MFAH, circa 1987
30 Portrait drawing and antiques,Spring 1996
31 Creative writing, 1999 & prior
32 Strictly Business, 1998
33 Art exhibit, May 2000
Box Folder
6 34 General
35 Bailey, Nancy
36 Benjamin, Don
37 Brown, Peter
38 Crowell, Steve
39 Dobbins, Stella
40 Hui, Ming-Fai
41 Kaminski, Stan
42 Klein, Anne
43 Kraus, Paula
44 Linscott, Steve
45 Manca, Joe
46 Miller, Ray
47 Neidinger, William
48 Roet, Jeffrey
49 Stokes, Gale
50 Subramaniam, Venkat
51 Weihong
52 Wischmeyer, Carl
53 Course promotion, Spring & Fally 1974, ads, news releases
54 Campus photographic shots
55 Reception, Oct. 1990
56 Coffeehouse, Fall 1994
57 25th anniversary gala
58 30th anniversary
59 35th anniversary
60 40th anniversary gala
61 Letter to faculty, ca. 2003
Box Folder
7 1 Dean of Continuing Education, Mary McIntire
Rice Publishing Program
Box Folder
7 2 1978
3 1979
4 1982
5 1983
6 1987
7 1988
8 1989
9 1991
10 1994
11 1995
12 1996
13 1997
14 1998
15 n.d.
Continuing Education staff
Box Folder
7 16 General
17 Aronica, Lou
18 Blake, Glenn
19 Howard, Catherine
20 Key, Sylvia
21 Reed, Jim
22 Art exhibit, May 2001
23 Desktop publishing
24 Arts of Mexico & the Southwest, Spring 2002
25 Persian rugs
26 Rice Technology Education Center, 2000-01
27 Writer's conference, 1992
28 Writer's conference, 1993
29 Martel Center
30 Moving to Martel Center, circa 1987
31 Office of Continuing Studies reception, 9-13-1991
32 Glasscock naming reception, 1-17-2006
33 Summer School catalogs
34 Program sampling
35 News articles
36 Rockets [basketball team] member autrographs, 1979
37 Dimensions of Islam: An Introduction
38 Photographs: People
39 Photographs: Campus
40 Photographs: Houston and surrounding area
41 Photographs: Construction of Anderson-Clarke building 2013