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UW-Eau Claire Faculty and Staff Invited
to Second Annual Continuing Education Expo

RELEASED: Aug. 18, 2008

CE Expo logoEAU CLAIRE — UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education will host its second annual CE Expo Wednesday, Aug. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Skylight Lounge of Davies Center. Attendees can meet Continuing Education staff and register to win one of four grand prizes and many door prizes donated by local businesses. Refreshments will be served.

The expo will give UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff the opportunity to:

  • learn how they can teach a course through CE or be involved in other ways.
  • find out how they can apply for program development support from the Provost's Continuing Education Innovation Fund.
  • learn more about the Continuing Education Revenue-Sharing Plan.

Since its inception in 2007, the Provost's Continuing Education Innovation Fund has distributed $14,264 over eight new Continuing Education programs. The fund provides up to $2,500 to faculty and staff for developing a new program. Program proposals are evaluated on their fit with the UW-Eau Claire and Continuing Education missions, perceived market need or demand, and financial feasibility.

"The Provost's Continuing Education Innovation Fund facilitates new program development for nontraditional students that expands and enhances our regional services, impact and connections," said Dr. Steven Tallant, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.

Dr. Harry Jol, professor of geography, is among UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff members who have received support for Continuing Education programs through the fund.

"Thanks to the purchase of research equipment with support from the Provost's Continuing Education Innovation Fund, I was able to collect data more efficiently with students and colleagues, and these results were incorporated in my Continuing Education presentations," Jol said. "Additionally, the equipment has been used in student-faculty collaborative research within and between departments, instilling a cooperative environment within the university."

UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education depends on innovation to maintain a viable operation, said George Kroeninger, director of Continuing Education.

"The Provost's Continuing Education Innovation Fund serves as a catalyst to enhance and expand the university's outreach activity, particularly activity that can be self-sustaining," Kroeninger said.

Many of the programs supported by the fund also have been eligible for support through the Continuing Education Revenue-Sharing Plan, he added. The plan, implemented in 2006, represents a formal agreement between Continuing Education and UW-Eau Claire's colleges (Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Human Sciences, and Nursing and Health Sciences) to equally share residual revenues for any new, approved Continuing Education program initiated by faculty or staff members or an academic department.

"The revenue-sharing agreement between Continuing Education and the college enables the college to support initiatives and activities that would not otherwise be funded or have limited funding available," said Dr. Gail Scukanec, dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences. "This year, Continuing Education program revenue has been used in the College of Education and Human Sciences to support the development of additional online courses as well as faculty and student professional development costs."

For more information, contact Continuing Education at 715-836-3636, send e-mail to ce@uwec.edu/ce or visit their Web site.

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