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DePaul University School for New Learning records

Identifier: DPUA0009

Scope and Contents

The DePaul University School for New Learning records contain administrative records, curriculum materials, reports, and surveys related to the history and development of the School for New Learning.


  • 1971-2017

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Biographical / Historical

The School for New Learning (SNL) was founded by Dr. Howard Sulkin, Dean, with the assistance of Marilyn Stocker, Associate Dean, and Ann Kurland, secretary. Sulkin, Stocker, and Kurland began planning SNL in 1972 with grant money from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE). The team conducted research, identifying the needs, learning styles, developmental stages, and personal goals of the nontraditional student. The nontraditional student was defined as an adult of at least 24 years of age who wished to further his or her education, either with the intention of pursuing a degree or simply to gain new knowledge. They identified five primary domains of knowledge that would form the core of the SNL curriculum: Vocational/Career, Communication/Interpersonal, the Community of Man, Quality of Life, and Lifelong Learning. Students who graduated from SNL with a bachelor's degree were expected to demonstrate their competence in each of these five areas.

In 1981, David Justice became Dean of the School for New Learning following Howard Sulkin's retirement. In 1984, SNL received a three year grant from the U.S. Department of Education to design a graduate program, and in 1985 graduate students were admitted to the school. Other SNL Deans have included Susanne Dumbelton (1995-2007) and her successor, Marisa Alicea.


8.5 Linear Feet (26 boxes)

0.61 Gigabytes

Language of Materials



This collection is organized into six series: 1. Background and Establishment; 2. Administrative; 3. Curriculum; 4. Reports and Surveys; 5. Publications; 6. Creative Ink. Some series are arranged chronologically; others are arranged alphabetically by topic, then chronologically. See series level descriptions for additional details.

Physical Location

3/19/G; digital

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession 2014.109; 2014.087; 2016.082; 2019.014.

Related Materials

School for New Learning publications; DePaul University El Salvador Project records

Processing Information

Multiple processors 1989-2003; KG 2009; JMC 2015; L. Geiger 2017; P. Chavez 2019; revised by P. Chavez 2019

Guide to DePaul University School for New Learning records
P. Chavez
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the DePaul Special Collections and Archives Repository

John T. Richardson Library
2350 N. Kenmore Ave.
Room 314
Chicago Illinois 60614