Innovation Grants Program


Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) brings the resources of the California State University (CSU) to the local community, region, nation, and international audiences. Self-support degree and certificate programs, courses, professional development, and personal enrichment opportunities are offered in face-to-face and online formats, through convenient scheduling in times and places not supported by General Fund appropriations. Student populations include traditional and high school students, working professionals, military and students in remote locations, students re-entering the workforce or university, international students and those who just love to learn. PACE helps prepare students along the lifelong learning continuum, from Early Start and English as a Second Language programs to professional and advanced training to leisure learning.

The Commission on the Extended University (CEU) serves as an advisory group to the chancellor about issues and opportunities facing PACE. The commission was established through Executive Order 811 and carries forward the CSU’s proud tradition of excellence in PACE. Chaired by a campus president, membership includes provosts, academic senate, PACE deans and online and international experts. The commissioners are particularly proud of the self-funded innovation grants program, which has helped launch some of the system’s most innovative and successful programs such as the professional science master’s degree and the workforce academy apprenticeship. Since 1993, the commission’s grant program has funded more than 160 proposals for new program development, distributing more than 7.1 million dollars to the campuses.


Campuses have come to rely on the innovation grants program to assist in responding rapidly either as a single campus or with collaborators. Recent grant awards for cybersecurity, non-profit management, hospitality and tourism, clinical counseling and farmer experiential education demonstrate the variety of innovative ideas and approaches to address regional and statewide workforce needs.

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Photo courtesy of CSU Fullerton
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Photo courtesy of Humboldt State 
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