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History of the UT K-16 Education Center

The UT K-16 Education Center (previously known as the Distance Education Center) is a department under the Division of Continuing and Innovative Education at The University of Texas at Austin.

In 1909, The University of Texas Board of Regents formed the Extension Division for the express purpose of “increasing the usefulness of the University to the people of Texas.” Today, the Extension Division, now known as the Divison of Continuing Education, provides a sweeping breadth of programs and courses for people whose needs are beyond the scope of customary campus offerings. Students of all ages and from all walks of life rely on Continuing Education for open-enrollment credit and noncredit classes, for professional development, for specialized training, for personal enrichment, and for a variety of distance education options.

Continuing Education is one part of The University of Texas at Austin that serves all people, whether enrolled in high school, college or simply a student of life.

Continuing Education is a self-funded component of the University comprising six departments:

UT K-16 Education Center

Offers K-16 services and credit options
Phone: 888-232-4723
Web: www.utk16.org

Joe C. Thompson Conference Center

Continuing Education conference and meeting facility on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin
Phone: 512-471-3121
Web: www.utexas.edu/ce/tcc

Petroleum Extension Service

Education and training for the petroleum industry
Phone: 800-687-4132
Web: www.utexas.edu/ce/petex

Professional Development Center

Noncredit certificate programs, executive seminars, and workshops
Phone: 800-687-7345
Web: www.utexas.edu/ce/charter

University Extension

Evening college-credit courses on the UT campus without UT admission
Phone: 512-471-2900
Web: www.utexas.edu/ce/uex

UT K-16 Education Center Education Timeline

(Previously known as the Distance Education Center)

A summary of program development at the UT K-16 Education Center following the year 1909 to the present.

  • 1909 - College correspondence courses introduced
  • 1942 - GED testing initiated
  • 1951 - High school correspondence courses introduced
  • 1970 - Testing Center expanded
  • 1983 - Credit by exam for high school students developed
  • 1987 - Migrant student program launched
  • 1988 - Scoring center opened
  • 1997 - Courses on a disk introduced
  • 1998 - UT High School opened; University Charter School opened
  • 2001 - ASKME® Online Mathematics and Science Initaitive launched
  • 2004-2006 - Migrant program wins UCEA national recognition
  • 2006 - UT K-16 Education Center (previously known as the Distance Education Center) created with a focus on K-12; College courses move to UEX
  • 2006 - Language Learners at the UT Center for Hispanic Achievement (LUCHA™) launched

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