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Our Mission

Education has the power to transform lives.

For nearly 60 years, this statement has been at the heart of UC Davis Extension's mission. We believe that professional education plays a vital role in building our economy, improving our community and enriching the lives of the students we serve.

We are passionate about sharing the resources, expertise and knowledge of UC Davis with working professionals around the world. By most measures, we have been successful in this effort. Last year we had more than 62,000 enrollments and our students came from all corners of the world, from Elk Grove to Azerbaijan.

In the end, the metrics that matter most are the long-term benefits to our students. Have we helped you earn a promotion? Provided the knowledge to keep your job skills current? Given you the confidence to switch careers?

These are the true measures of our success.

Thank you for your interest in UC Davis Extension and giving us the opportunity—great or small—to help transform your life.

UC Davis Extension connects working professionals, businesses and students from around the world to the knowledge and resources of UC Davis. We have one of the university’s most extensive educational portfolios, offering academic and non-credit professional certificates, on-campus programs for international students, contract programs for government and corporate clients, conferences and boot camps.

We also develop and manage UC Davis’ classes and programs on Coursera, which attracted more than 350,000 students last year, and administer several self-supporting master’s degrees in collaboration with graduate groups on campus.

As a completely self-supporting division, we’re innovative, entrepreneurial and academic and play a critical role in advancing the university’s outreach mission.

Since we were established in 1960, UC Davis Extension (then named University Extension) has been characterized by its ability to successfully adapt and evolve to meet the changing educational needs of its students and the modern workforce. Early courses were often based on the passions of the faculty who taught them and many legendary UC Davis faculty and celebrities, including Robert Arneson, Wayne Thiebaud and Martin Yan, taught for the division.

With our collaborative, solutions-based approach and team of professional instructors, UC Davis Extension creates effective, customized training programs that meet the unique needs of your organization. These affordable, high-quality courses can be hosted at your site and seamlessly integrated into your existing training program.

Our expertise in teaching adult learners ensures that your employees gain practical knowledge and skills that increase their capacity and improve job performance. Contact us today to learn more about custom training opportunities for your organization.

  • We are a full-service provider offering:
  • Educational needs assessment
  • Instructional design
  • Education delivery (face-to-face and online)
  • Program evaluation

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LEADERSHIP

Paul M. McNeil – Dean

Susan Catron – Sr. Associate Dean

Linda Behrens – Associate Dean

Rita Bunch – Assistant Dean/COO

Brad Tuana – Assistant Dean

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