Oral Histories

Interview of Rosalind K. Loring

Dean of the University of Southern California College of Continuing Education and coordinator of special programs at UCLA Extension.
Subtitle:
The Many Paths of Continuing Education
Topic:
UCLA and University of California History
UCLA Faculty
Interviewer:
Houghton, Kim L.
Interviewee:
Loring, Rosalind K.
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Language:
English
Copyright:
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Abstract:
Childhood in Baltimore; interest in journalism; attends the University of Maryland; moves to Los Angeles in 1937; majors in home economics and then art at UCLA; employment as supervisor of art in city schools in Oxnard, California; move to Tulsa, Oklahoma; teaching high school students and training factory workers; return to Los Angeles in 1945; begins working toward a master's degree in adult education at UCLA; the loyalty oath at the University of California; hired as coordinator of special programs at UCLA University Extension; developing Extension programs for women; relationship between Extension and the rest of the university; effect of the civil rights movement on women and women's issues during the sixties; UCLA's Extension as a model for other extension programs; development of the Veterans Special Education Program; producing films and booklets for the newly created Western Regional Center for Program Development; promoted to assistant and associate dean of Extension; dealing with women's issues on campus; the changing status of women at the university; workshop and lecture tour of Australia and New Zealand; becomes dean of the College of Continuing Education at the University of Southern California; provost's decision to dismantle the College of Continuing Education; involvement in the League of Women Voters; Loring's books; serves as president of the Adult Education Association of the United States of America; attends the hotel room meeting that resulted in the founding of the National Organization for Women (NOW); Loring's view of NOW in its earlier and later stages; backlash against women's progress after the 1970s; trip to Malaysia in 1963; lack of support for adult education in the United States compared to other countries; UCLA University Extension's outreach in Los Angeles area communities; the "feminist" label; the International Council for Adult Education.