Free University of RIT records
Scope and Contents
The Free University of RIT records consist of an annual report from 1972, goals and objectives, correspondence, blank instructor applications, course descriptions, and promotional materials. The course descriptions are from 1970-1973 and include information on the school and its purpose. The promotional materials consist of two printed cards and two newspapers from the school.
- Creation: 1970-1973
- Rochester Institute of Technology. Free University (Organization)
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This collection is open to researchers.
Biographical / Historical
The Free University was formed at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in 1970. Originally called the Alternative University, the school was run by the Campus Committee of Concern. The organization was created in contrast to the "modern" university and was meant to offer students an educational environment that was "unstructured and unrestricted." The idea was that students and instructors would determine the scope and direction of the class and no grades would be given. Additionally, the school was free and open to anyone interested in attending.
According to one course catalog, the goals of the school were:
Records of the Free University, formed at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in 1970. The school was started as a way for individuals to learn in an "unstructured and unrestricted" environment. The collection includes an annual report, goals and objectives, correspondence, course descriptions, and promotional materials.
Materials are contained in three folders. Items are arranged by type, with correspondence being organized chronologically.
C.S. South, Shelf 808, Box 204
Finding aid created by Lara Nicosia in March 2011.
- Rochester Institute of Technology -- Curricula -- Catalogs (Organization)
- Free University of RIT records
- RIT Archives
- Lara Nicosia
- 11 March 2011
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