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Public Service and Continuing Studies Collection

Identifier: UA-RG-13

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. There are three series in this collection. Series 01, Administrative Records, has office materials including annual reports, marketing materials, news releases, and program catalogs. Series 02, Community Services and Programs, is the largest series in the collection. These records relate to the outreach and multi-generational programs offered by the university to the Wilmington area starting in 1983. Contents include event programs and photographs, the expansion of internet services, support for business in rural Southeast North Carolina, UNCW-TV press releases, and audio-visual materials. Series 03, Continuing Studies, contains documentation about university courses and degree programs offered off-campus or online.


  • 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 progress, 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 television station at UNC Wilmington. In 2002, due to an administrative reorganization, responsibilities for extension and distance 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 01, Administrative Records; Series 02, Community Services and Programs; and Series 03 Extended Education. Administrative Records are arranged alphabetically by topic and then chronologically. Series 02 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 03, Extended Education, 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