Revisiting Continuing Education at the Metropolitan University

  • Daniel W. Shannon University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Keywords: Metropolitan Universities, Urban Communities, Continuing Education, University Outreach


Metropolitan universities today are challenged to engage more actively in the amelioration of social, cultural, and economic problems that confront the nation's urban communities. University continuing education, traditionally viewed as instructional outreach, should be redefined more broadly as university outreach to assist in shaping responses to these new demands. A refocused continuing education, building upon its instructional outreach role, would be knowledge based, change driven, client focused, multidisciplinary, issue and constituency oriented, and it would employ a broader range of university activities for urban problem solving.