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Guide to the Stanford University, School of Humanities and Sciences, Innovative Academic Courses, Records
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Description
The records include catalogs; course files, proposals, evaluations, and readers; minutes of policy board meetings; correspondence, budgets, and other administrative files; posters, audio tapes, and video tapes; and clippings pertaining to courses offered through IAC, especially the SWOPSI and UGS programs. Also included are files of IAC's last director, Margo Horn; also represented in the records is Carolyn Lougee, Dean of Humanities and Sciences.
Background
Innovative Academic Courses (IAC) was instituted in the fall of 1985 to administer three existing alternative academic programs: SWOPSI, Stanford Workshops on Political and Social Issues, UGS, Undergraduate Special Courses, and Freshman-Sophomore Seminars. SWOPSI courses, first offered in 1969, emphasized student participation and group collaboration through academic study, small-group discussion, and community involvement. UGS courses, first offered in 1966, provided a setting for teaching new or interdisciplinary methods and subjects not otherwise available at the University. Freshman-Sophomore Seminars provided communication between faculty in the professional schools and first and second year students through seminars focusing on scholarly research. IAC was discontinued at the end of the 1991-1992 academic year.
Extent
105 linear feet (56 boxes)
Restrictions
All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94304-6064. Consent is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/pubserv/permissions.html.
Availability
The collection is open for use; materials must be requested at least 48 hours in advance of intended use.