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) Continuing and Extended Education (CEE) enterprise. The campus CEE units perform a critical role in creating a workforce capable of change and transition. CEE instructional programs adapt rapidly to meet the shifting educational needs of the current and future California workforce in ways not available to traditional academe.

In the 21st century, perhaps more than at any previous time in history, meeting the educational needs across the lifespan is essential in helping individuals acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to fulfill dreams, reach potentials, and maximize contributions to the state and society. Providing educational opportunities to meet the changing learning needs of local, state, regional, national, and international constituencies not served through traditional state-supported programs is an essential component of the multi-faceted CSU.

CEE on the University’s 23 campuses offer undergraduate and graduate degrees, certificate, and workforce development programs, lifelong learning opportunities, and professional education activities. These educational opportunities are self-supporting programs and serve to complement those funded by the State.

The Commission on the Extended University (CEU) Innovation Grants Program was developed to assist campuses in responding rapidly to the regional and statewide needs for continuing and extended education. Today, these grants support innovative and extraordinary programs by our campuses that are meeting the workforce and educational needs of communities locally, regionally, nationally and abroad.


The purpose of the grants competition is to encourage collaborative and innovative programs and projects that improve and expand the ability of CEE in support of the CSU’s mission and strategic initiatives. CEU innovation grants competition aligns with the systemwide mission, initiatives, and policies through the CEU planning document, Creating Tomorrow’s Future: A New Framework for Action.

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