Please join the College of Continuing Studies at The University of Alabama in celebrating our 100th year of operation during the 2018-19 academic year. Our College traces its origins to the creation of the University’s Extension Division in 1919. While the content of our continuing and professional education courses has changed over the decades, our mission to extend the University’s resources and programs to broader populations has always been constant.
CCS has stayed on the leading edge of innovation in courses by distance for working professionals. Beginning as correspondence courses by mail, our continuing education classes have evolved through broadcast television, VHS cassettes and expanded into internet-based distribution.
Today, the College offers educational, consultative, enrichment and lifelong learning programs for a wide variety of student populations in Alabama, across the country and around the world. With more than 200 employees and a budget 10,000 times larger than its first year, CCS continues to stay at the forefront in technology use for teaching and learning at a distance.
A budget of $5,000 was allocated by the Alabama State Legislature to establish the Extension Division of the University of Alabama.
Dr. Blasingame served the Extension Division from 1928-1945.
Dr. Tidwell became Director of the Extension Division and later its first Dean.
Correspondence courses grew rapidly starting in 1929 to 2,800 students by 1951.
Just as we believe in furthering education through inventive ways beyond the traditional classroom, we also further The University of Alabama’s tradition of teaching, research and service. The College of Continuing Studies has served our communities across the state of Alabama and around the world with the same passion and enthusiasm that defines our courses.
The College of Continuing Studies is grateful to the students, instructors and members of the community for their generous donations to support our efforts. These gifts provide students with scholarships, assist with funds for our OLLI programs and maintain the brilliant level of education and service we strive for every day. Consider joining our friends who have already given and make your gift today.