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 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 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 CSU Board of Trusteesauthorized
Commission on the Extended University.
Campus CERF and trust ledgers had a cumulative balance of $42.9 million at the close of operations on
June 30, 2007.