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A Student-Centered Culture: A message from Wayne Smutz, the new Dean of UCLA Extension

Wayne SmutzAs the new Dean of UCLA Extension, I am proud to be a part of UCLA and the tradition of providing outstanding education to our vibrant community. Extension seeks to create a student-centered culture, a place where your education and the experience of learning always comes first. It may start with the classroom and our outstanding corps of instructors, but your education begins with your course.

At Extension, you become a part of the UCLA family. We offer a network of opportunities for success—professional skill development, subject knowledge rigor, and creative pursuits to fuel your passion to learn and to bring those skills to others, in your jobs and your lives.

Over the coming months, I look forward to moving Extension into new and exciting areas. I’m committed to:

  • seeking ways to enhance and enrich the student experience
  • reaching audiences and students that may need a second—or third—chance, or who may never have had a chance before to access higher education
  • focusing on ways to provide memorable, exciting, and relevant learning experiences

Higher education has individual and societal value. Whether this is your first chance to take a course at Extension or you are continuing your study, I congratulate you on your commitment to continuous education. We share your dedication. At Extension, lifetime learning is our business. Welcome to UCLA Extension. Bruin Bear

Wayne Smutz, PhD
Dean, UCLA Extension

With more than 30 years of experience in continuing education, distance education, outreach and engagement, Wayne Smutz begins to pave a new path as Dean of Continuing Education at UCLA Extension.

Smutz, who has a B.A. from UC Berkeley and a M.A. and Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University, is formerly the executive director of Penn State’s World Campus and associate vice president for academic outreach. His past position covered leadership roles relating to program development, marketing, strategic development, and online learning.

Dedicated to helping others transform their lives through education, he embraced a learner-centric approach with a focus on enhancing access to quality programs and ensuring students have the support to succeed. Committed to campus partnership, he has been instrumental in strengthening relationships with academic departments and enhancing World Campus’ visibility within and beyond Penn State.

Smutz has received awards including the Sloan Consortium John R. Bourne Award for Outstanding Achievement in Online Learning, the Sloan Consortium Award for Institution-Wide Excellence in Online Education (awarded to PSU’s World Campus), a UPCEA regional award for excellence in institutional partnerships (awarded to continuing education at PSU’s University Park) and a UPCEA national award for programming.

Read this message and other current campus-related news in the UCLA Extension Newsletter.

 

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