CSU campuses have offered Extended Education (self-support) courses, programs, and services for over a century. Extended 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 offer CSU courses to local, regional, national, and international audiences.
Extended Education programs are 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 in the Extended Education local trust. While the composition of campus Extended Education programs varies 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 the Commission on the Extended University (see EO 811) which is charged to facilitate, promote, and encourage appropriate 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, 2016, the Extended Education Program had a fund balance of $239 million.