1998-1999 Support Book 2 Documentation
Special Funds: Continuing Education
This section identifies those programs supported by special fees assessed to students, faculty and staff receiving the benefits of the programs. Although these programs are not supported explicitly by state appropriations, the funds are classified as public service enterprise funds and are subject to state regulation. All Special Funds programs are controlled by financial and program policies of the Board of Trustees. The purpose of this presentation is to complete the report of proposed financial activity for the 1998/99 fiscal year.
The Continuing Education Revenue Fund is authorized by Education Code Section 89704 which was added by special legislation (Chapter 878, Statutes of 1970).
The California State University has been involved in Continuing Education since the 19th Century. Originally comprised of only in-service instruction for school teachers, Continuing Education now provides an increasingly broad spectrum of educational services to public and private agencies, as well as to a large number of persons who seek advanced educational training to help them increase their occupational competency or to otherwise enrich their lives.
Courses and programs administered through the Continuing Education Revenue Fund (CERF) include both credit and non-credit instruction. Continuing education courses are delivered on and off-the-campus; via the distance education technologies; and at national and international venues as well. Credit instruction, particularly coursework as part of the Special Sessions and Summer Sessions, applies readily to graduate and undergraduate degree programs. Beginning in 1997/98, up to 24 units of special session credit earned through concurrent enrollment can be applied toward a bachelors degree (Prior to that year, credit earned through concurrent enrollment was designated as extension credit.) All CERF programs are financed by student tuition and other fees (Education Code Sections 89708 and 89709).
The Continuing Education program involves a variety of instructional components. For illustration, the following portions are emphasized:
Regular Extension Program
Regular extension coursework responds to a variety of corporate, institutional and individual needs. This instructional category includes seminars, workshops, in-service contracting and conference-based activities. Instruction involves both credit and non-credit applications, and in many cases, credentials, certificates or other evidences of participation are generated.
Regular extension instruction for the most part, is conveyed at the upper division and graduate levels to avoid competition with community college efforts.
Summer Session Program
Analysis of campus registration data has shown that the majority of Summer Session enrollees are regular academic year students who are accelerating their progress towards graduation. The remainder of the Summer Session student population is composed primarily of professionally employed persons who are seeking licensure, relicensure, or professional upgrading.
The Continuing Education Revenue Fund had a fund balance on June, 30, 1997 of $39.1 million. These funds are utilized to fund new program development and design needs at the campus level. Board of Trustees Standing Orders also call for a portion of these funds to be held in contingency reserve.
The fiscal year 1998/99 CERF budget advanced by campus extended and continuing education units projects $105.4 million in revenue. The proposed fiscal year 1998/99 revenue is grounded in credit enrollments estimated at 21,431 FTES and non-credit registrations of 74,533.