Memo from Jane Gould to Martha Peterson, regarding National Coalition for Research on Women's Education and Development meeting in Racine Wisconsin, January 30, 1971

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1 Jane S. Gould . FRONL_ . V . National coalition for Research on women s Laucation

SU&ECT and Development Meeting in Racine, Wisconsin 1-30-71


I had a call from Esther Westervelt followed up by the enclosed notice, inviting me to attend this meeting as an unofficial observer because of our interest in the subject. However she made it very clear both in her note and when I spoke with her that this would in no way represent any commitment

I am also enclosing a list of those who plan to attend. I'm sure we would learn more about the plans for the Coalition and more about what is being done around the country in general. I am interested and if you think it a good idea, I will go.

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A National Coalition for Research on Women's Education and Development


T0: Representatives of colleges, universities and agencies interested in parti- cipation in a National Coalition for Research on Women's Education and Development.

FROM: Joseph Katz Esther Westervelt

DATE: January 26, 1971

A meeting of the above representatives will be held at Wingspread, The Johnson Foundation, Racine, Wisconsin,beginning at 3 p.m. CST, Sunday, February 7 and closing at A p.m. CST, Monday, February 8.

Agenda for the meeting will include:

1. Report on purposes and activities proposed for the Coalition to \ date, and discussion; ‘\ 2. Report on February 3rd conference call with the Board; \ 3. Discussion of organizational structure and membership participation;

A. Discussion of sources and uses of financial support; 5. Discussion of Ntionsl Conference; and 6. Discussion of National Center.

Transportation from and to terminals of arrival and departure will be made available to us by Wingspread. You will be receiving shortly an arrival travel information form from Wingspread; please provide the necessary information immedi~

atelz so that individual arrangements can be made for your transfer from terminal

to Wingspread, on Sunday, February 7.

Room reservations for the night of February 7 are being made for the group at the Holiday Inn near Wingspread. Single rooms will be provided unless you request double accomodations (this can be done upon arrival).

we regret our inability to provide for the travel, room and board expenses incurred by those attending.

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Alexander Astin// Helen Astin

Jane Berry

Laura Bornholtz

Jean Campbell Elizabeth Cless Kathryn East, Citizens Advis. Betty Kayner

Juanita Krabbs(?)Duke Carol Leland

Rosalind Loring

Joy Osofsky

Jean Pennington

Anne Scott

Adele Simmons

Alice Smith, Radcliffe Ken Wilson, E.T.S.


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The National Coalition for Research on Women's Education and Develop- ment was organized in July 1970 to help provide a more effective national response than now exists to the educational, occupational, and related developmental needs of young and adult women. Irreversible changes in the social roles of American women plus years of neglect of their developmental aspirations have brought us to the onset of a violent crisis. The increas- ingly vehement assertion of women's needs engenders conflict, confusion, and resistance in the organizations which must serve them, including in- stitutions of higher education, and can create a social rift which will do

a grave disservice to both men and women.

The National Coalition for Research on Women's Education and Develop- ment is a vehicle through which colleges and universities can coordinate their resources to respond more effectively than they yet have to changes in women's roles. The desperate need for population control, the impact of technology on labor force needs and homemaking responsibilities, and related changes in social organization, including the functions of the family in society and of individuals within the family necessitate re- examination and reformation of women's education if men and women are to

lead satisfying productive lives in the era which we are now entering. The Coalition is a membership organization with the following purposes:

l. To provide constant and full communication among its member- ship on program and research development pertinent to women's

education and to relay information to a broader public;

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2. To collect available research findings from the behavioral and biological sciences and from program experimentation and evaluation concerning the effect of women's education

on women's development;

3. To generate needed new research in the behavioral and bio- logical sciences and in program experimentation and eval- uation by member institutions, through contracts with qualified agencies and individuals, and by the Coalition


The Coalition's work will be characterized by constant interaction between action and research. Because continuing education has been the most recent innovation in women's education as a whole, because students in women's continuing education are chronologically and developmentally more mature than the undergraduate students usually studies by institu- tions of higher education, and because leading programs of women's con- tinuing education have been alert to the necessity of combining inno- vation with follow—up and evaluation, the initial core of the Coalition's membership includes institutions having strong programs of continuing education for women. The Coalition intends to broaden its membership to include higher education institutions and other groups and individuals

concerned with diverse phases and stages of women's education.

The Coalition will seek support both from member institutions and

from public and private granting agencies. Its organizational structure

consists of a Board of Directors, a Professional Advisory Council, a Membership Council, two co—directors and supporting professional and clerical staff. It will be housed in a National Center. Its work will

be carried out both at the Center and in member institutions.

The Professional Advisory Council

The following are the present members of the Professional Advisory Council. (Some expansion of the Council is anticipated in the near


Dr. Alexander Astin, Director of Research, American Council on Education, Washington, D.C.

Dr. Helen S. Astin, Director of Research, University Research Corporation, Washington, D.C.

Mrs. Jean Campbell, Director,

Center for Continuing Education for Women, University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Mrs. Elizabeth L. Cless, Director, Special Academic Programs Center for Continuing Education

Claremont University Center Claremont, California

Dr. Lorraine D. Eyde, Senior Research Psychologist, Division of Examinations and Research, Office of State Merit Systems, U.S. Dept. of Health, Education and Welfare, Washington, D.C.

Dr. Joseph Katz, Director of Research

for Human Development and Educational Policy, and Professor of Human Development,

State University of New York at Stony Brook, N.Y. Co~director of the Coalition

Dr. Carole Leland, Executive Associate for Curriculum, College Entrance Examination Board, New York, N.Y.

The Professional Advisory Council (Continued)

Mrs. Jean N; Pennington, Coordinator, Continuing Education for Women, Washington University

St . Louis , Missouri

Dr. Anne Firor Scott, Professor of History, Duke University Durham, North Carolina

Dr. Constance E. Smith, Dean, The Radcliffe Institute Cambridge, Massachusetts

Dr. Esther M. Westervelt, Lecturer and Consultant Goshen, New York Co—director of the Coalition

Dr. Kenneth M; Wilson, Director, College Research Center, Educational Testing Service Princeton, New Jersey