Innovation Grants Program

Executive Summary:

California’s economy is one of the largest in the world. A major contributor to the State’s rise to economic dominance has been the California State University (CSU) and Extended Education. Extended education has a measurable impact on the state of California, not only because of the educational opportunities provided to tens of thousands of students each year, but also due to the direct and secondary impacts of operational spending and incremental student wages. The resources invested in creating a thriving intellectual community benefit each region of California and continue to provide economic benefits as students enter the workforce with the advantage of a CSU education.  Through its 23 campus-based self-support units, extended education enables individuals, employers, and public agencies to benefit from the CSU's vast educational resources through such opportunities as degree programs, certificates, non-credit courses, and custom-designed workforce development programs.

The Commission on the Extended University (CEU) Innovation Grants Program was developed to assist campuses to respond rapidly to the regional and statewide needs for continuing and extended education. Under two specific categories, these grants support innovative and extraordinary programs by our campuses that meet the workforce and educational needs locally, regionally, nationally and globally.

All proposals must address at least two of the New Framework for Action objectives:

  1. Meet California’s economic and workforce development needs
  2. Increase access to educational opportunities by serving broader constituencies
  3. Develop alternative instructional delivery systems
  4. Creatively develop new programs
  5. Provide personal and lifelong learning opportunities
  6. Support international educational experiences
Photo of young woman in lab
Photo courtesy of CSU Fullerton
Photo two male students taking soil samples
Photo courtesy of Humboldt State 
Photo two females and one male in lab
Photo courtesy of CSU


Grants Awarded 2015 - 2016

  • California State University, Stanislaus, School of Nursing Online RN-BSN Program
    Single Campus - Stanislaus State University
  • Global Wine Executive MBA Program
    Single Campus - Sonoma State University
  • Professional Certificate in Brewing Science
    Single Campus - CSU San Marcos
  • Farmer Experiential Education and Development Program (FEED)
    Single Campus - Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
  • Online Certificate in Social Media Entrepreneurship and Innovation
    Single Campus - CSU San Bernardino
  • Online Certificate in Social Innovation and Diversity Management
    Single Campus - CSU San Bernardino
  • Master of Science in Sustainability Management and Policy
    Single Campus - CSU Long Beach
  • Master of Arts in International Affairs
    Single Campus - CSU Long Beach