Understanding Changing Roles in Continuing Education Units Mary S. Grant, Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Extension Division of Continuing Education, Outreach and E-Learnin
The Study Two Big Ten Institutions Both with Central Main Campus and multiple regional branch campuses Comparable in size, age, budget and undergraduate enrollments One CE is Centralized; One CE is decentralized
Money is the Root Matkinconcludes that the financial structure is both a model for change and a target of some shifts in the underlying financial structure of higher education (2004). The university continuing education unit is increasingly being looked at as a resource in meeting the challenges of revenue production and increased access (Ebersole, 2003).
Discussion What major changes are impacting your CE unit? Is you budget being cut, and if so, how much? Is your unit expected to contribute revenue back to the institution> Are you losing or gaining oversight of activities? What do you see as the three areas for growth in the next five years What are you doing to position your unit to be successful in turbulent times?