UCR Extension | Dean's Welcome


I am thrilled to be part of such a fantastic, vibrant university and community. I have spent my entire career in higher education, and I came to UCR Extension because I believe there are great opportunities to support this large, diverse community with excellent educational offerings.

I believe that Continuing Education units like UCR Extension are important components of the entire educational package that universities have to offer the contemporary student. Did you know that certificates – like the ones that we offer – are the fastest growing credential to be offered by universities in the United States? And, did you know that certificates are now the second most awarded credential in the U.S., second only to Bachelor’s degrees? In fact, non-degree credentials made up 22% of the number of degrees offered in the U.S. in 2012 and 27% in 2016. This means that UCR Extension, with over 80 certificate programs, is a critical part of what UCR has to
offer students within the Inland Empire and beyond.

One of my goals is to provide educational opportunities for anyone and everyone who wants them in the Inland Empire. This includes current students; workers wishing to “upskill” for career advancement; those who are looking for work,
whether veterans, high school students or recent graduates; international students; or those looking to change their careers. Whether you want to take courses part time over a year, as intensive workshops to complete your credential quickly, or online so that you can complete your program while you are navigating a hectic schedule, I am confident
that you can find what you are looking for at UCR Extension.

Kevin J. Vaughn, Ph.D.

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