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1929: Correspondence Courses established

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The need for correspondence courses was recognized early in the University’s development but they were used sporadically during the first two decades.  Due in part to dissatisfaction with the junior colleges, the University first offered extramural classes in 1929, with Mabel Timlin as the first director.  Students were allowed to take five of the required fifteen university classes by correspondence, although classes were limited to those not requiring laboratory work and to those not prescribed for the honours program.  In the first year, 78 students were enrolled in 117 classes.  Throughout World War II, correspondence courses were used extensively by the armed forces.

By 1979 correspondence courses had become the responsibility of the Extension Division’s independent studies program, and degree courses continue to be available by correspondence today.  Indeed, with the introduction of Internet delivery for some courses, the original concept of “correspondence courses” has been expanded tremendously.

Related Collections

Correspondence Courses fonds, RG 2111


1929a: Intramural courses - general circular no. 1. Correspondence Courses fonds, RG 2111, file A1.


Guide to Holdings, p. 66.
Hayden, p. 122.
Correspondence Courses fonds, RG 2111, file A1.

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