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1912+ R-A-D Radio

From farm reports and football games broadcast in Morse code to education for homebound kids during the polio epidemic and from Garrison Keillor's radio roots to being one of the reasons Rolling Stone magazine thinks the U of M rocks... Radio K (KUOM), the award-winning student-run radio station of the University of Minnesota, has covered a lot of ground in 100 years.
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1913+ Innovative Access

From its very beginnings 100 years ago, the College of Continuing Education has been one of the standard bearers for the University's outreach mission--bringing educational and other learning opportunities to people not just on campus, but in the far corners of the state, the country, and even around the globe.
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1930+ Individualized, interdisciplinary education

The University of Minnesota has a rich tradition of individualized, interdisciplinary study--a tradition in which the College of Continuing Education has some of its deepest roots. Even more than 80 years ago, there was a recognized need for a college education that went beyond the confines of a set major or single discipline. It was the belief of U President Lotus Coffman (for whom Coffman Union is named) that the responsibility of the University was to see that "the road to intellectual opportunity should never be closed to any traveler."
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1936+ Big ideas in a small amount of time

Turbulent economic times. A frenetic pace of change in society. A need for professionals to stay on the edge of their profession or risk falling behind. Sound familiar? While it could very well describe today, it represents the state in which the University found itself when it made a bold move to change the face of education in 1936 by launching what would be the Nolte Center for Continuing Education.
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1960+ A full, learning life

While the College's history reaches back to 1913, one of its current program areas -- LearningLife -- goes back "only" a modest five decades. Oh, but what a perfect decade it was for the College to start a movement. And, a movement it was, a movement to give lifelong learners the chance to see the world from new perspectives, follow their passions, or create for themselves a new beginning. Over the years, a changing slate of offerings emerged, each specifically designed to meet the needs of the time.
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1985+ High school students get a head start

The College of Continuing Education has administered both the U's on-campus Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) program, as well as its concurrent enrollment program, College in the Schools (CIS), since their inception.
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1993+ Applied bachelor's degrees

The College of Continuing Education is the home of the University's suite of Bachelor of Applied Science degree programs (BAS). These practical, real-world programs draw course work from around the University and are designed in conjunction with the input of advisory boards of industry leaders in response to the changing needs of students, as well as the market. Students gain professional experience firsthand.
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2010 Professional master's degrees

As the marketplace changes and the workforce becomes increasingly competitive, more and more people are discovering a bachelor's degree is no longer enough. For many of these individuals, though, a traditional master's degree program is not the best fit as it requires full-time enrollment and is often crafted as a stepping stone to a career in research or academia. To meet this rising demand, the College, like increasing numbers of colleges and universities, is offering a new type of graduate degree: the professional master's degree, featuring applied studies and a flexible curriculum.
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Opening Doors for 100 Years

For nearly 100 years, the College of Continuing Education at the U has "opened doors" for Minnesotans. Offerings empowered those looking for the credentials they needed to take them where they dreamed of going, the professional development that kept them fresh once they were in their careers, and the personal enrichment programs that helped them see their world from a whole new perspective.

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