Continuing Studies to become UBC Extended Learning

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To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver

Yesterday, the Vancouver Senate approved the evolution of Continuing Studies (CS) into a new unit called UBC Extended Learning (UBC ExL), effective July 1, 2017.

UBC ExL will build on the strengths of CS and continue to provide outstanding flexible learning experiences, but with an extended mandate to support Faculties in growing and expanding UBC’s offerings related to Career and Personal Education (CPE).

The change in name and mandate is the first step in an ongoing process through which the Office of the Provost is consulting with and reviewing the university’s current CPE programs.

We have already taken the first steps in this realignment by transferring the business-oriented courses in the Technology, Media and Professional (TMAP) program to UBC Sauder School of Business. In doing so, UBC has created the largest suite of executive education offerings in North America.

Over the next several months we will continue to work closely with units engaged in CPE activities and anticipate being able to share a final UBC ExL plan in late 2017. The current strategy — which has been endorsed by deans, alumni, and the executive — can be found at

Career and Personal Education (CPE) is an opportunity for UBC to strengthen its contributions to learners, society, industry and government, and enhance alumni engagement through the provision of continued education that is relevant, modular, flexible and high quality.

Angela Redish
Provost and Vice-President, Academic pro tem