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Jean Kordalewski Papers

An inventory of her papers at Syracuse University

The adult education holdings are collectively known as the
Alexander N. Charters Library of Resources for Educators of Adults.

Finding aid created by: MRR
Date: 30 May 2006

Biographical History

Jean Kordalewski was a pioneer in the field of adult education, particularly in the areas of connecting people with educational information and services, and widening their options through education, career and job counseling. She was a consultant for and later the first executive director of the Regional Learning Service (RLS), which today (2006) is the RLS Career Center and which provides assistance and information to adults wishing to find, change or improve their employment. RLS began as a project of the Syracuse Research Corporation in 1974; Kordalewski was instrumental in establishing it as an independent, non-profit agency. She also worked on various projects aiming to recognize non-traditional learning such as the External High School Diploma program and the External Degree Program.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Jean Kordalewski Papers reflects Kordalewski's interest in a wide range of adult and continuing education issues, particularly her work with the Regional Learning Service (RLS) and Education Information Centers (EICs) in Central New York.

Correspondence-subject files contains letters, proposals, meeting minutes and other material relating to a variety of adult and continuing education activities such as the External High School Diploma, the External Degree Program, relevant state legislation, Guidance Team Training, and more. Conferences and workshops includes correspondence and conference material from conferences which Kordalewski organized, participated in, or presented at; of particular interest are the EIC Training Workshops which cover a number of relevant issues for EIC personnel such as serving special-needs population and publicizing the value of EICs; and the Regents' Regional Conferences. The Education Information Center (EIC) series, arranged chronologically to better represent the evolution of the EICs, includes client surveys, reports, summative evaluations, project descriptions and more. The Regional Learning Service (RLS) series includes two proposals for funding, press releases for a regular Madison County newspaper column, weekly reports, and an important paper by Stephen K. Bailey and Francis U. Macy, "Regional Learning Service: A Design for Educational Flexibility" (1974). (Bailey, a New York State Regent and Chairman of Syracuse Research Corporation's Policy Institute, and Macy, also of the Policy Institute, formulated the notion of a brokering service that would provide career and educational counseling to adults; one result of this was the RLS.) Four folders of Miscellaneous printed material complete the collection.


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

The library holds a considerable number of collections related to adult and continuing education. Please refer to the SCRC Subject Index for a complete listing.

In particular, additional information on External Degree Programs may be found in the Council on the Continuing Education Unit (CCEU) Records. A small amount of material on the Regional Learning Service may be found in the Clearinghouse Resources for Educators of Adults (CREA) Records.

The circulating collection has a copy of Jean Kordalewski's The Regional Learning Service : an experiment in freeing up lives. Please use the Classic Catalog to locate it.

Subject Headings


Kordalewski, Jean B.

Corporate Bodies

Regional Learning Service of Central New York.


Adult education.
Alternative education.
Continuing education.
Counseling in adult education
Educational consultants.
Vocational guidance.

Genres and Forms

Minutes (administrative records)
Workshops (seminars)


Adult education teachers.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Jean Kordalewski Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Jean Kordalewski, 1994.

Table of Contents

Correspondence-subject files

Conferences and workshops

Education Information Center (EIC)

Regional Learning Service (RLS)