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A Timeline of Continuing Studies

1967 Rice President Kenneth Pitzer announces the establishment of the Office of Continuing Studies (OCS) in December under the mandate to begin bridging the gulf between the university and its Houston neighbors by offering useful continuing education of an academic caliber befitting Rice University Thresher article - OCS opens
1968 OCS offers its first course – on low-temperature processing of petroleum products, geared toward engineers
1973 Course offerings begin to expand to include programs in the arts and humanities
1974 OCS begins Language Programs
1981 Programs attract more than 3,000 enrollments per year
1982 Program Director Mary McIntire promoted to director of OCS
1982 OCS takes over administration of Rice Summer School
1985 Programs attract more than 5,500 enrollments per year
1986 Mary McIntire named first dean of Continuing Studies by Rice President George Rupp
1987 First courses offered in fundraising
1987 OCS staff moves from basement of Fondren Library into the former Rice Museum, now the Speros P. Martel Center for Continuing Studies Martel Center
1992 Rice President George Rupp raises status of the Office of Continuing Studies to the School of Continuing Studies
1995 First professional development programs for teachers offered
2005 First degree-granting program begins – Master of Liberal Studies
2005 School of Continuing Studies renamed Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies in honor of an endowment gift from Melbern G. and Susanne M. Glasscock
2006 The School establishes an Advisory Board with representatives from Rice faculty, Continuing Studies instructors, Rice alumni and community members
2008 40th Anniversary Gala is held to celebrate 40 years of the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies
2009 With the support of Rice President David Leebron, the Board of Trustees gives approval for the School to raise funds for a new building on campus to house staff, classrooms and an auditorium Building Rendering
2010 With a gift from Rice alumni C.M. “Hank” and Demaris Hudspeth, the School establishes the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership, building on its 20+ years of fundraising and nonprofit programming
2010 Programs attract more than 12,000 enrollments per year
2010 The School officially launches campaign to raise funds for its new building CCR Staff
2011 Building on the success of the Teacher Professional Development program, the Center for College Readiness launches to provide superior development programs for teachers, administrators and students
2011 Halfway There Party, celebrating reaching more than half of the fundraising goal is held.
2011 The Master of Liberal Studies program is certified by the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs (AGLSP).
2012 The new Glasscock School building is named for the Anderson and Clarke families in appreciation of a major gift to Rice’s Centennial Campaign.
2012 “Celebrate Rice: A Glasscock School Photography Contest” winners are announced in honor of Rice University’s centennial. Topping Out Event
2012 Rice centennial celebration courses are offered to honor Rice University, its alumni and its impact on our community.
2012 School Literacy and Culture and the Master of Arts in Teaching join the Glasscock School.
2012 Asphalt is broken for the D. Kent and Linda C. Anderson and Robert L. and Jean T. Clarke Center.
2013 Administration of Rice Summer School returns to Registrar’s Office after 31 years.
2013 School Literacy and Culture celebrates its 25 year anniversary and is awarded a $1.5 million grant from Phillips 66.
2013 Topping Out reception celebrates the last beam being added to the Anderson-Clarke Center.
2013 The Glasscock School attracts nearly 20,000 enrollments for fiscal year 2013.
2014 The Glasscock School moves into the D. Kent and Linda C. Anderson and Robert L. and Jean T. Clarke Center.
2014 “In Play,” a site-specific installation by Joseph Havel that features five sculptures cast of bronze, is installed on the Anderson-Clarke Center’s Great Lawn.
2014 The Peter T. Brown Gallery opens and hosts its inaugural student exhibit.
2014 The Center for College Readiness celebrates its 20 year anniversary.
2014 “Black Ladder,” a 30-foot-tall sculpture created by French-American artist Stephen Dean, is installed in the Anderson-Clarke Center’s Grand Staircase.
2014 The Glasscock School holds its first Fall Preview event, highlighting upcoming courses and showcasing the new building; the school witnesses the most registrations documented in a single day.
2014 Teacher Education celebrates its 50 year anniversary.
2015 The Master of Liberal Studies program celebrates its 10 year anniversary.
2015 The Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership celebrates its five year anniversary.

Most dates through 1995 were taken from “In the Service of Society: Continuing Studies at Rice, 1968-1998” by Melissa Kean.