Report: Continuing Education at UNC-Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers a wide variety of Continuing Education offerings, providing opportunities for learners to achieve professional advancement, experience personal enrichment, and meet other important educational goals. Conducted in a range of formats – on campus, at numerous other locations throughout North Carolina and beyond, as well as by means of distance learning, these activities reflect the depth of the University’s missions in teaching and public service. The Friday Center for Continuing Education is the central administrative unit for the University’s continuing education offerings, and every year we collect and analyze data about the programs administered by us as well as all other continuing and professional education at UNC-Chapel Hill.

This report is produced by the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education at the request of the Provost’s Office. Annually, data is collected from academic departments and administrative units on their continuing education offerings for the period from July 1 through June 30. Data are collected August through October, and the report is updated and made available in November.

The report consists of self-reported information on the University’s organized continuing education offerings and for which reliable statistics on registration are available. All continuing education offerings are included, whether or not they carry Continuing Education Units (CEUs).*

For continuing education offered by academic departments in the health sciences, a distinction is made between offerings that are sponsored by the Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) and those that are not, since AHEC sponsorship is an important consideration for continuing education programming in the field of health sciences at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Reporting of continuing education activities by county, state, and country is optional.
Reporting of program highlights is optional.


Continuing Education: non-credit courses and programs that train community members and help build knowledge about particular subjects.

Registrants: people who actually attended the event if that information is available; otherwise, individuals who registered for the event.

Location: the place where the course is held

Course type: face-to-face, distance, other

Course Type Examples

Face to Face: Traditional classroom, round table discussion, hands-on workshops, participatory training, etc.

Distance: Correspondence, video conference, MOOC, etc.

Other/Combination of Formats: Film screening, poster presentation, international study trips, etc.


*CEUs are a widely recognized measure of participation in noncredit continuing education programs.