Extended Learning at Cal State San Marcos serves as the academic outreach arm of the university. As an integral part of the institution’s Academic and Student Affairs division, its purpose is to extend the academic and instructional resources of the institution to the region it serves and expand access for audiences that the University may not be able to serve through traditional channels. Extended Learning develops and delivers high quality educational programs—both noncredit and credit—which are designed to respond to the educational needs of the diverse populations in the region and assist these constituent groups in achieving their lifelong learning goals.
In an effort to achieve its mission, Extended Learning builds its programs, activities, and services upon six fundamental objectives:
Extended Learning is the premier provider of continuing education, training, and lifelong learning programs for individuals in North San Diego and Southwest Riverside Counties and beyond. It will use its resources and capabilities in ways that demonstrate imagination, creativity, and entrepreneurship in meeting the unique educational needs of individuals, and will do so in ways that are ethical, prudent, customer-focused, and academically sound. Increasingly, Extended Learning will provide a vital link between the University and members of the community, making a positive difference for both through its commitment to lifelong learning.
Extended Learning has at its core the same values that guide the University: