Extended and Continuing Education
CSU campuses have included Extended and Continuing Education (self-support) courses, programs, and services for over a century. Extended and Continuing Education offers baccalaureate and graduate degree programs, certificates, and many forms of specialized education and training for business, industry, and government. A variety of instructional technologies, including television and Web-based learning, carry CSU courses to local, regional, national, and international audiences.
Extended and Continuing Education programming is authorized in Section 89704 of the Education Code. In accordance with Education Code Sections 89704 and 89721(i), revenue collected from Extended Education and Special Session fees may be deposited either in the State University Continuing Education Revenue Fund (CERF) in the state treasury or in a local trust account. While the composition of campus Extended and Continuing Education programs vary considerably, most units maintain the following common instructional elements: (1) special sessions degree, certificate, and credential programs, (2) open university, (3) contract and extension credit, (4) non-credit certificates, courses, and programs, and (5) awarding of continuing education units.
The CSU Board of Trustees authorized Commission on the Extended University (see EO 811) is charged to facilitate, promote, and encourage extended education programs within the CSU. The office of the State University Dean for Extended Education facilitates communication between the Chancellor's Office and the Commission.
As of June 30, 2010, the Continuing Education Program had a reserve balance of $77.4 million.