Resumed Education for Adult Learning (R.E.A.L.) Program Records, 1970 -- 2010


Title: Resumed Education for Adult Learning (R.E.A.L.) Program Records
Dates: 1970 -- 2010
Creator: Resumed Education for Adult Learning
Call Number: UA109
Size: 2.4 Cubic Feet, 2 boxes
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This collection contains the records of the Resumed Education for Adult Learning (R.E.A.L.) program, formerly the Continuing Education (C.E.) program. The collection consists of audiovisual materials, such as DVDs; correspondence; mailing lists; newspaper clippings; photographs; publications; program proposals; reports, including annual reports; slides; student essays; and transcripts of interviews with R.E.A.L. students. The collection also contains a card catalog of professor evaluations written by R.E.A.L. students. This collection documents the history and activities of the R.E.A.L. program, the experiences of R.E.A.L. students, and R.E.A.L. anniversary events.


This collection is arranged into two series: Unprocessed accessions, and 2018 accessions.


Biographical / Historical

The REAL Program was established in 1970. Originally designed for women who had not had the opportunity to attend college, or who had interrupted their education to raise families, the program offered these women a chance to advance in their careers through attaining a college degree from a selective university. In 1976, the program broadened to welcome men as well. At a time when most other programs denied institutional funds for financial aid to adult students, segregated them in special degree programs, and ignored the unique needs of adults returning to or beginning a college education, Tufts provided financial aid, enrolled its adult students in the regular undergraduate program, and provided resources to help meet their academic needs. The REAL Program is open to adults at least 25 years old who are seeking a Bachelor's degree. Applicants should have some college experience, including at least two courses taken at either a two- or four-year institution within the last five years. Arrangements can be made in special circumstances to take those two courses at Tufts previous to acceptance into the REAL program.

Access and Use

Access Restrictions

This collection contains some restricted material. Restrictions related to specific material are listed in the detailed contents list. This collection may require review before it is available for use. Please contact DCA for further details.

Use Restrictions

Some material in this collection may be protected by copyright and other rights. Please see "Reproductions and Use" on the Digital Collections and Archives website for more information about reproductions and permission to publish. Copyright to all materials created by Tufts University employees in the course of their work is held by the Trustees of Tufts University.

Preferred Citation

Resumed Education for Adult Learning (R.E.A.L.) Program Records, 1970-2010. Tufts University. Digital Collections and Archives. Medford, MA.

Collection History

Processing Notes

Processing of 2018 accessions was completed by Leah Edelman in 2018. Materials were placed in an archival box; received order was maintained. A file-level inventory and series-level description were created and the finding aid was updated at the time of preliminary processing.


Transferred by the REAL program, 2013-2018.

Series Description

  1. Unprocessed accessions
  2. 2018 accessions, circa 1980 -- 2000

    This file contains evalutions of professors written by REAL students, for classes including anthropology, art history, astronomy, biology, chemistry, classics, computer science, economics, education, engineering, english, geology, history, foreign languages, math, music, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology, among others.