Sandra Gladney, Executive Director
Baker Downtown Center
975 High St., Suite 110
1277 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon 97403-1277
Academic Extension at the University of Oregon provides educational opportunities to people seeking university-level instruction and enrichment beyond the traditional campus experience. Activities include for-credit and noncredit lectures, conferences, seminars, workshops, and formal courses with opportunities to earn a variety of credentials, from nondegree certificates of completion to a graduate degree.
Applied Information Management (AIM) Master’s Degree
This master of science degree is an interdisciplinary studies program through the Graduate School. It is designed to engage midcareer professionals in relevant studies in information management, information design, business management, and applied research. Course work is fully online. See the Graduate Studies section of this catalog for a complete program description.
An important dimension of the University of Oregon’s responsibility to continuing education is the Community Education Program, which makes university courses available to people who are not formally admitted to the university.
Community education students may register for a maximum of 8 credits per academic term. Credits earned through the Community Education Program are listed on a student’s permanent UO academic record.
Distance Education’s online format provides both admitted and community education students the flexibility of completing course work outside the traditional classroom setting. Courses follow the academic term schedule. Delivery format and assessment methods vary by course; some courses have examinations that are administered by the Social Science Instructional Laboratories.
Substance Abuse Prevention Program
The Substance Abuse Prevention Program (SAPP) provides course work in the areas of substance abuse, drug and alcohol prevention, treatment, and recovery, as well as related topics. See the Counseling Psychology and Human Services section of this catalog for a complete program description.
Enrollment during summer session does not require formal admission to the university. Summer courses carry university credit and begin throughout the summer. Most academic departments, schools, and colleges at the university offer courses in summer. Detailed information about summer courses, fees, and registration is available on the summer session website in early March. The 12-week 2017 summer session lasts from June 26 to September 15.
The university can assist students with loans, grants, and part-time work during the summer. Financial aid is available only for students who are admitted to the university and enrolled in a program leading to a degree. A student must be in good academic standing to receive financial aid. Additional information and application forms are available on the UO financial aid website.
Single- and multiple-occupancy rooms in university residence halls are available in summer. Student family housing is limited because year-round students occupy most units during the summer. Rental houses, apartments, and various short-term rentals are available near the campus.
Professional Development for Educators
Professional Development for Educators partners with academic departments within the UO to offer courses, workshops, and conferences that grant graduate credit or professional development units for in-service teachers. Workshops meet licensure requirements for K–12 educators and fulfill new professional development and continuing education initiatives.
Real Solutions is an online, self-paced learning program delivering instruction on timely subjects to a variety of professions. Courses contain content from leading experts and are built using evidence-based strategies to enhance online learning. Completion of a Real Solutions course yields professional development units and continuing education units from the university.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is a program that teaches participants how to harness their own innate abilities to diminish stress and pain, and to improve overall physical and mental health. This eight-week noncredit course in stress-reduction techniques is inspired by the curriculum pioneered more than 30 years ago at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and is offered to members of the university and surrounding communities fall, winter, and spring terms.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
This noncredit, self-support program was originally established in 1993 as Learning in Retirement. Designed to meet the educational interests of mature adults, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Oregon is offered at program sites in Eugene-Springfield and central Oregon. The curriculum explores the humanities, the sciences, current affairs, and the arts, through a varied schedule of lectures, short courses, study and discussion groups, and other activities. An annual fee covers participation in the majority of program offerings. Previous attendance or association with the university is not required for membership.
Road Scholar Program
Road Scholar is the new name for programs offered by Elderhostel Inc., the nonprofit world leader in educational travel for lifelong learners. Working in cooperation with the Oregon Bach Festival, Academic Extension offers weeklong Road Scholar sessions in conjunction with this internationally acclaimed, UO-based festival. The Road Scholar Program offers in-depth and behind-the-scenes learning experiences that blend festival events with lectures, lecture demonstrations, and exclusive events led by guest artists and UO faculty members.
By partnering with Academic Extension, businesses, nonprofits, and government organizations can develop and administer trainings on- or offsite, offering professional development units, continuing education units, or UO credit.
Conferences and Special Programs
Administrative support is provided for a variety of conferences and noncredit workshops, including events offered by academic departments and individual faculty members developing activities for UO students and community members, academic societies, associations, regional meetings, and nonacademic community-interest programs.