To meet the challenges of the next century, continuing higher education is recreating itself to assume position of campus-wide leadership. Traditional continuing education units that were simply the university's off-campus course providers are using their organizational flexibility to take on innovative and expanded roles that include for-profit distance learning centers, international educational partnerships, welfare-to-work initiatives, and post-baccalaureate programs for the changing workforce. While maintaining the academy's high standards of scholarship and research, continuing education is also being asked to become a lead voice in conceiving the new academy and in linking the university to the demands of society. These new roles and initiatives are resulting in unprecedented growth and a reconfiguration of the academy's traditional relationships.

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Copyright © 1999 UCEA. This article first appeared in Continuing Higher Education Review 63 (Fall 1999): 129-38.

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