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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 record group includes annual reports, marketing materials, press releases, clippings, course catalogs, and other administrative materials that document the university's community engagement. The largest series, Community Services and Programs, documents professional education, adult education, youth programs, and special events. This UNCW division held life-long learning programs in travel, the arts, entrepreneurship, and leadership. The public service division also led economic development projects for rural and urban areas. The division founded and operated the public access television station, UNCW-TV. It also initiated World Wide Web-based instruction as part of the North Carolina Information Highway, contributing to rural development. The division coordinated university extension at Coastal Carolina Community College and Camp Lejeune in Onslow County and offered distance education opportunities for K-12 students in New Hanover County, Brunswick County, and throughout the region. Collection highlights are planning materials and event information for Celebrate Wilmington, the Wilmington Walk of Fame, and other cultural activities. There are also records about Global Virtual University (1997-2002), a collaborative initiative with partners in Japanese higher education. The collection demonstrates the university's activity and involvement in the community.


  • Creation: 1970-2022


Conditions Governing Access

There are no access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

The content described is copyrighted and presented courtesy of the University of North Carolina Wilmington Randall Library. This material may be used for educational and scholarship purposes provided: a) proper attribution accompanies any use of the content; b) the use, copy, republication, display, and/or distribution is not for commercial purposes; and c) you may not alter, add to, change, modify, or revise the subject content.

Historical Note

Shortly after joining the University of North Carolina System of public higher education, the University of North Carolina Wimington established the Office of Continuing Education to oversee programs, services, and educational outreach for business, schools, and the general public. In 1980, the office's name changed to the Office of Special Programs, adding conference services, extension courses, and youth programs. In 1992, it became the Division for Public Service and Extended Education, directing community programs in leadership, the arts, technological development, and economic development, along with extension 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 (12 records center boxes, 1 tall document box)

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The record group is in arranged by series: Series I, Administrative Records; Series II, Community Services and Programs; Series III Extended Education, and Series IV. Oversize. Within series, files are arranged alphabetically, and then chronologically.

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