Alpha Residential Learning Community records
Scope and Content of the Collection
Records include the files of Kathleen Maxwell, Eric Hansen, and Rebecca Edwards regarding the formation of the first resident learning community, Alpha. Includes personal notes, correspondence, reports, meeting agendas, rosters, brochures, surveys, RLC class schedules, course documents, exams, statistics, grant proposals. Files include one folder from Philip Riley, from 1997.
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In January 2001 the Provost charged a task force to develop a comprensive plan and strategy for residential learning communites at Santa Clara University. Alpha, the first RLC, brought students interested in the humanities together into a single residence to fulfill the Western Culture component of the Core Curriculum.
Santa Clara University was founded in 1851 by the Society of Jesus as Santa Clara College and is California’s oldest operating institution of higher learning. It was established on the grounds of Mission Santa Clara de Asìs, the eighth of the original 21 California missions. The college originally operated as a preparatory school and did not offer courses of collegiate rank until 1853. The institution became known as the University of Santa Clara in 1912, when the schools of engineering and law were added. For 110 years, Santa Clara University was an all-male school. In 1961, women were accepted as undergraduates and Santa Clara University became the first coeducational Catholic university in California. The number of students and faculty tripled over the next decade and the university began the largest building program in school history with eight residence halls, a student union, and an athletic stadium. In the early 1970s, the Board of Trustees voted to limit the size of the undergraduate population, an action that was intended to preserve the character and ensure the quality of the university for generations to come. In 1985, the university adopted Santa Clara University as its official name. Bibliography: Santa Clara University. “About SCU – History.” www.scu.edu/about/history.cfm (Accessed Nov. 23, 2010) McKevitt, Gerald, S.J. The University of Santa Clara: A History, 1851-1977. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, 1979.
1.75 linear feet (1.75 linear feet (5 boxes))
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Collection processed prior to 2020. Legacy collection data migrated from existing MARC records by Evan Rabinowitz in 2020. Please consult Archives & Special Collections staff regarding the existence of container lists or other finding aids for this collection.
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- Legacy collection data migrated from existing MARC records by Evan Rabinowitz in 2020. Reviewed by Nadia Nasr.
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