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University of North Carolina Wilmington Public Service and Continuing Studies Records

 Record Group
Identifier: UA-RG-06

Scope and Contents

The University of North Carolina Wilmington Public Service and Continuing Studies Records pertain to the administrative history of public service, extended education, and continuing studies at UNC Wilmington beginning in 1970. The collection includes annual reports, marketing materials, news releases, and course catalogs. The largest series, Community Services and Programs, documents professional education, adult education, youth programs, and special events. Programming topics included travel, the arts, entrepreuneurship, economic development, leadership, lifelong learning, urbanization, and rural development. The division founded and operated a public access television station, UNCW-TV. The Division for Public Service and Extended Education was involved in information technology, particularly in distance learning and the North Carolina Information Superhighway. The division coordinated extension education at Coastal Carolina Community College, Camp Lejeune, and elsewhere in southeast North Carolina, in additon to Web-based instruction.


  • Creation: 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.


15.4 Linear Feet (13 containers, including 12 records center boxes and 1 tall document box)

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The collection in arranged in three series: Series I, Administrative Records; Series II, Community Services and Programs; and Series III Extended Education. Within each series, files are arranged alphabetically.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Nina Herzog in Spring 2021.

University of North Carolina Wilmington Public Service and Continuing Studies Records
Nina Herzog
2021 June 25
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository