Extended Programs and Regional Development (EPRD) is a University-wide outreach and service unit which promotes educational, social, economic, and cultural development and welfare in Tennessee, particularly in the Upper Cumberland region and surrounding counties. One way this mission is carried out is through the delivery of credit and non-credit offerings both on-campus and at off-campus locations throughout the service area and beyond. These offerings are delivered both on-site and via various distance learning delivery methods. Partnering with academic and administrative units, highly qualified personnel from business, industry, and various educational agencies are utilized to provide direction and instruction for conferences, seminars, workshops, and special events.
Non-Credit courses are offered to meet the needs of individuals, groups, and organizations both on-campus and off-campus. In most cases, participants need not satisfy specific educational requirements for admission to courses. Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) are awarded and recorded for many non-credit courses, while others are offered strictly on a non-credit basis. Fees for non-credit courses vary and are based upon the cost of offering the course. Non-credit courses include life long learning classes for personal and professional enrichment, Youth University programs, and a host of online courses and certificate programs.
Extended Programs and Regional Development collaborates with campus colleges/departments and community partners to offer credit and non-credit special events. Campus partners involved in typical events include: the College of Education; the College of Business; the College of Arts & Sciences; the Millard Oakley Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Center; and Information Technology Services. Community partners include: the State Department of Education; the Upper Cumberland Chamber Executive Association; the Upper Cumberland Study Councils for School Directors, Principals, and Supervisors; and numerous other Upper Cumberland community service agencies.