Extended and Continuing Education
CSU campuses have maintained Extended and Continuing Education (self-support) courses,
programs, and services for over a century. Originally grounded in service to teachers, Extended and
Continuing Education operations have grown to include 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, and national audiences.
Extended and Continuing Education programming is authorized in Education Code Section 89704. 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 character
and composition of campus Extended and Continuing Education programs vary considerably, most
units maintain the following common instructional elements: (1) Special Sessions, (2) Open
University/Concurrent Enrollment, (3) Extension Operations, and (4) Non-Credit.
Systemwide self-supporting operations are governed and encouraged by the Trustee-authorized
Commission on the Extended University.
Campus CERF and trust ledgers had a cumulative balance of $52.4 million at the close of operations
on June 30, 2006.