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A Guide to the Records of the University of Florida General Extension Division, 1919-1972

Finding aid created by Dept. Staff

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
January 2007

Descriptive Summary

Creator: University of Florida. General Extension Division.
Title: Records of the University of Florida General Extension Division
Dates: 1919-1972
Abstract: Selected records of the General Extension Division at the University of Florida and a few items related to FICUS and DOCE.
Extent: 1.8 Linear feet. 4 boxes.
Identification: Series 79
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

The General Extension Division (GED) at the University of Florida was created by the state legislature in 1919. The General Extension Division was established as the extramural college to represent all of the state institutions of higher learning except in agriculture, home economics, and engineering.

The head of extension was initially designated a director, but was later elevated to dean with the responsibility of making recommendations concerning policies, organization, staff, finance, and the development of the program. Originally, the Dean of General Extension reported solely to the President of the University of Florida, but later was accountable to all of the state's university presidents. GED's first and only dean was Bert C. Riley.

In 1944, General Extension included the following departments: Extension Teaching, the Public Service Training Center, located at the State College for Women, Department of Women's Activities, Department of Investigations and Research, Department of Information and Service, Department of Visual Instruction, and Department of Citizenship Training.

GED's initial focus was towards non-credit, adult education, directed primarily at those without the benefit of a higher education and intended to promote consumer, business, and civic awareness. Gradually, the focus shifted to off-campus professional education.

In 1962, GED was abolished and the state legislature created the Florida Institute for Continuing University Studies (FICUS). FICUS had duties and responsibilities comparable to GED, but was independent of any university. FICUS was divided into several centers located in major urban areas of the state.

In 1965, the legislature abolished FICUS and each university was allowed to administer its own non-credit program and given specific responsibilities for off-campus credit programs. The University of Florida was also assigned responsibility for Home Study Courses and each university was placed in charge of an off-campus continuing education center. The Division of Continuing Education (DOCE) was created at the University of Florida to administer the University's program.

In 1972, the state's continuing education program was reorganized once again. Six of the state's nine state universities were given responsibilities for off-campus credit programs in specific counties. Florida State University, the University of Florida, and Florida A and M University were not assigned regional responsibilities, but were to provide credit courses on a state-wide basis in academic areas which could not be provided by the other universities.

Scope and Content

Series 79 contains selected records of the General Extension Division at the University of Florida and a few items related to FICUS and DOCE. Included in the series are biennial reports of the Dean of Extension to the University President, annual department reports, budgets, special reports, histories, publication records, and miscellany.

Access or Use Restrictions


The collection is open for research.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Records of the University of Florida General Extension Division, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Contents List

1 Reports
1 Department. 1919-1936
1 Reports to the President. 1920-1934
1 Short courses. 1931-1936
2 Reports
2 Departments. 1937-1946
2 Reports to the President. 1938-1960
2 Short courses. 1938-1942
3 Reports
3 Reports to the President. 1960-1968
3 Department. 1966-1968
3 Budgets. 1926-1957
4 Budgets. 1962-1965
4 Budget Crisis. 1970-1971
4 Budget Special. 1919-1960
4 Camp Roosevelt Brochure (School of Adult Education)
4 Extension Class Policies
4 Continuing education survey. 1966
4 GED enabling act
4 40 year report
4 GED--general
4 History of GED
4 NUEA--special reports
4 General Extension Division, Record
4 GED-- role and scope
4 Special reports. 1919-1953
4 Summary report. 1919-1961
4 World War II -- Florida POWs in German camps
4 Continuing education, reports and position papers. 1963-1970

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Continuing education -- Florida -- History.
Florida. Institute for Continuing University Studies.
Riley, Bert Clair, 1891-1962.
University extension -- Florida -- History.
University of Florida. Division of Continuing Education.

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