The Block Plan celebration marks the 50th anniversary of Colorado College’s innovative one-class-at-a-time academic system — the Block Plan. The Block Plan celebration involves a year of events and programming highlighting the impact the Block Plan has had on those who have experienced it as faculty, staff, and students. And as we celebrate the past, we also look forward to taking it into the next 50 years and beyond.

During the virtual Homecoming 2020 events this fall, Professor Emerita of History and former Dean of the College Susan Ashley, along with Associate Professor and Chair of the English Department Steven Hayward, provided a glimpse into their collaboration over the past three years leading up to the forthcoming release of Ashley’s book, “The Block Plan: An Unrehearsed Educational Venture,” and the documentary feature film, “The Block Plan,” which Hayward wrote and co-directed. Their conversation, “Inside the Block,” was a live virtual event for alumni, and can now be accessed as an online recording at

On Feb. 14, 2021 (we do love the Block Plan, after all), the film, book, and a series of podcasts will be launched as CC continues to celebrate and commemorate this important anniversary. In anticipation of this release date, we invite you to view the film trailer, and watch your email inbox for more information on how you can join in on the celebration!

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Get ready to celebrate with the Feb. 14, 2021 release of Ashley’s book, “The Block Plan: An Unrehearsed Educational Venture,” the documentary feature film “The Block Plan,” written and co-directed by Hayward, as well as a series of podcasts that take a deeper dive into the Block Plan’s past, present, and future.

The making of “The Block Plan” documentary brought together many of the key stakeholders who launched the Block Plan at CC 50 years ago. Photos by Bryan Beasley.