C A L I F O R N I A S T A T E U N I V E R S I T Y B A K E R S F I E L D
Modular Building III, 325
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|Interim Dean: Mark O. Evans|
The University provides access to higher education and lifelong learning beyond the traditional patterns of campus-based programs supported by taxpayers. This responsibility is assigned to the Extended University Division (EUD). It administers a variety of self-supported degree programs, courses, workshops, seminars, and conferences for members of the community who seek to expand their interests, to improve and broaden their professional preparation, or to further their University degree aspirations. The Division’s activities are frequently organized in cooperation with school districts, governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations, professional associations, and other such agencies to effectively offer programs that meet community needs. The EUD’s website contains detailed, up-to-date information on programs, policies, and fees.
Generally, it is not necessary for students to make formal application for admission to the University in order to enroll in specific courses offered by EUD. Individuals need not submit transcripts of previous work. However, persons wishing to participate in specific degree and certificate programs should contact the EUD office for information concerning application procedures and admission information. In all cases, students must satisfy the academic or experiential prerequisites for the particular courses in which they intend to enroll or obtain permission of the instructor.
Enrollment in courses through the EUD does not, in itself, constitute formal acceptance into the University.
TYPES OF CREDIT OFFERINGS
The EUD offers many types of credit. Credit can be either applicable or not applicable to academic degrees. While quarter units are applicable, continuing education units or CEUs are not applicable. Other courses such as test preparation workshops are noncredit offerings. The amount of degree credit that can be earned through extended education and applied to a CSU degree is limited for some types of offerings, but not for others. For offerings where the total units that can be applied toward an academic degree are limited, students may use up to 36 units toward Bachelor’s degree requirements and up to 13 units toward a Master’s degree. Units completed by correspondence or DANTES (Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Educational Support) as well as through the Extended University apply toward these limits.
Also, CSUB degree programs have a minimum residency requirement of 45 units for the baccalaureate and 32 units for a 45-unit Master’s degree (64 units for 90-unit Master’s programs). Some degree credits earned in the Extended University count toward these residency requirements (credits earned in "Special Sessions"), while other credits do not count for residency (degree credits earned in "Extension").
TYPES OF PROGRAM OFFERINGS
Regional and Online Programs – are provided at specific sites throughout Kern, Inyo, Mono, portions of Tulare and Los Angeles counties and elsewhere through traditional classroom instruction, video, or online web-based programming. Regional programs may include the delivery of regular academic courses, complete undergraduate or graduate degrees, teaching credentials, and certificates for professional or personal development. Online degree and certificate programs are accessible throughout the world. Residence credit is awarded for courses that are part of regional and online degree programs, and courses offered under these Special Sessions do not count against the above-mentioned unit ceilings (36 units for Bachelor’s degree and 13 units toward a Master’s degree).
Summer Sessions and Intersession – courses falling between fall and winter quarters are closely aligned with regular on-campus classes and generally afford the student regular residence credit that does not count against unit ceilings for transferability into degree programs.
Open University – provides nonmatriculated students the opportunity to concurrently enroll in regular University classes through EUD on a space available basis after the student obtains approvals from the instructor and other offices. There is no additional fee for out-of-state students. Coursework completed through the Open University carries special session residence credit but counts against unit ceilings for transferability into degree programs.
Contract Credit – enables degree credit or continuing education units to be posted to CSUB transcripts for courses where the instructor is paid by other programs or institutions. Approval by the overseeing academic department and school dean at CSUB is required. Degree courses posted to transcripts through contract credit do not carry residence credit and count against the unit ceilings for transferability into degree programs..
Regular Extension Courses – carrying degree credits do not count toward the residence requirement. These courses count against the unit ceilings for transferability into degree programs. The acceptability of courses toward major or minor concentrations is subject to approval of the department and school dean within whose academic area the course falls.
Non-credit and Continuing Education – courses are not applicable to degree programs. They are usually of professional, personal, or general interest and are designed in response to identified community needs. Courses often are bundled into certificate programs. Special courses and programs designed for re-licensure or other forms of continuing education are offered.
Degree, Credential and Certificate Programs
Degree Programs – the EUD currently is authorized to deliver to remote sites the following degree programs: MS in Administration; MA in Education; BA in Liberal Studies; BA in Economics; and, BA in Communications with an option in Computer Imaging. The BS in Environmental Resource Management may be completed online, while planning is underway to offer the MS in Administration online. Remote students also may customize the Special Major (BA) to meet unique needs.
Credential Programs – offered in remote regions and include the Professional Clear Teaching Credential, the Preliminary and Professional Administrative Services Credential, and the Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe Special Education Credential.
Certificate Programs – are designed and offered for individuals seeking formal recognition for completing a specialized program of study. Typically, the certificate programs offered through EUD are not available through regular University program offerings. Some of the Certificate Programs are offered in the Antelope Valley and/or via distance learning technologies. Programs are continuously updated, deleted, and added. Current programs include:
• Attorney Assistant
• Computer Imaging
• Customer Relationship Management
• Drug and Alcohol Studies
• Environmental Resource Management
• Geographic Information Systems
• Grant Writing and Administration
• Human Resource Management
• Safety Management
• Workers’ Compensation Law
Fees – must be set at levels to enable programs to be self-supporting, since the State of California does not provide financial resources to support EUD instructional programs. Over the years, fees for degree courses have been somewhat higher than those charged for regular in-state residents, but lower for students who are not California residents. Course fees vary considerably based on the type of program, location, and other factors. All fees are subject to approval by the CSUB Fee Committee. The Board of Trustees of the California State University System governs refund policies. Financial aid may be available for qualified students enrolled in regional and online degree programs.
Instructional Television (ITV) Network – is used for live televising of selected university courses. This makes it possible for students to enroll in regular courses at selected off-campus sites, participate in classes while at home, or participate on the CSU campus in classes and degree programs from other CSUs. Students participate in the class by two-way audio/visual.
Students in the Greater Bakersfield area receive ITV courses via cable subscription (Cox Cable, Time Warner Cable, and Popvision). These course offerings include lower and upper division general education courses as well as courses in various majors. Through the Young Scholars Program, high school students may register for selected lower division general education courses at a greatly reduced fee.
Courses are transmitted site-to-site to Ridgecrest, Antelope Valley, and other remote sites via closed circuit. Instruction also can originate in these off-campus sites. Televised coursework is in majors offered in the Antelope Valley, including Liberal Studies, Business Administration, and School of Education programs.
Students typically register for ITV courses as regular resident students. However, individuals not admitted to the University can register through the Open University. The CSUB class schedule provides details of courses, instructors and time blocks.
Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies – students may enroll in degree programs offered by other CSU campuses via instructional television. Currently, CSU Fresno’s Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and credential programs in Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies can be completed on the CSUB campus via ITV.
The Intensive English Language Center (IELC) – prepares international undergraduate and graduate students for successful academic study in American colleges and universities. Experienced ESL teachers teach all IELC classes. Class sizes are small with individual attention given to each student.
The Center offers four sessions throughout the year. The non-credit courses meet daily with 20-25 hours of instruction per week. Classes are given in reading and vocabulary, writing and grammar, and listening and speaking, including pronunciation. Elective courses are offered in American culture, academic study skills and TOEFL preparation. A computer lab and a listening lab are available to the students to reinforce language skills. The summer session provides courses for graduate and undergraduate students who have already been accepted at the university and want to improve their English language skills. Attention is given to academic writing, textbook reading, and oral presentation.
International Students and Programs – is housed in the Extended University to assist international students with academic and personal concerns as well as cultural enrichment and adjustment. A variety of special programs and services is available to assist international students in becoming better acquainted and adjusted to university life, including an orientation for new students, special interest programs, newsletters, and conversation/discussion groups. IS&P also coordinates several study abroad and exchange programs.