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Public Service and Continuing Studies Collection

Identifier: UA-RG-06

Scope and Contents

The Public Service and Continuing Studies Collection contains records pertaining to the administrative history of public service, extended education, and continuing studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington beginning in 1970. The collection include include annual reports, marketing materials, news releases, course catalogs, and photographs. The largest series is Community Services and Programs with files about the university's professional education, adult education, youth programs and special events for the community. Topics included travel, the arts, entrepreuneurship, science, technology, leadership, lifelong learning, urbanization, rural development, and the university's public access television station, UNCW-TV. Among its activities, the Division for Public Service and Extended Education obtained grants to implement broadband internet and fiber optic communication in the region. These efforts furthered distance learning, regional economic development, and the Information Superhighway. The collection also contains documentation about off-campus educaation in Onslow County, Brunswick County, Camp LeJeune, and elsewhere in Southeast North Carolina, in additon to Web-based instruction.


  • 1970-2019

Conditions Governing Access

There are no access restrictions.

Historical Note

Beginning in the 1970s, the Office of Continuing Education at the University of North Carolina Wimington oversaw programs, services, and educational outreach for business, schools, and the general public. It next became the Office of Special Programs, adding conference services, extension courses, and youth programs. In 1992, the office became the Division for Public Service and Extended Education, directing community programs in leadership, the arts, technological development, and economic development, along with off-campus and online learning. In 1995 the division established the Onslow Extension site in collaboration with Coastal Carolina Community College, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, and the Onslow County Public Schools. The division partnered with Japanese universities on Global Virtual University (1997-2002), a distance education initiative. The 1990s also saw the creation of a public access television station at UNC Wilmington. In 2002, due to an administrative reorganization, responsibilities for extension, distance, and online learning shifted to Academic Affairs, while the Division for Public Service and Continuing Studies retained public service programming and lifelong learning. In 2012, the division was eliminated with its operations distributed to various campus units, including the Office of Community Engagement.


35 Linear Feet (29 boxes)





The collection in arranged in three series: Series I, Administrative Records; Series II, Community Services and Programs; and Series III Extended Education. Series I, Administrative Records, are arranged alphabetically by topic and then chronologically. Series II is subdivided into Cape Fear Regional Partnerships, Community Events, and Community Partnerships. Files are arranged alphabetically by topic within each sub-division, and then chronologically. Series III, Continuing Studies, is arranged alphabetically by topic, and then chronologically. Photographs are integrated throughout the collection.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Nina Herzog in Spring 2021.

Public Service and Continuing Studies Collection
Nina Herzog
2021 June 25
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository