The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education

100 Friday Center Drive, CB# 1020; (919) 962-3000


Timothy Sanford, Director, Credit Programs for Part-Time Students

Annette Madden, Director, Professional Development and Enrichment Programs

Debra Watkins, Director, Conference and Events Center

Tyler Ritter, Director, Communication and Instructional Design

Raphael Ginsburg, Assistant Director of Correctional Education

The Friday Center for Continuing Education is the University's arm for extending credit and noncredit instruction to North Carolinians who wish to further their education on a part-time basis or through short, intensive periods of study. The Friday Center's conference facility is designed to accommodate varied continuing education conferences and activities.

Through self-paced courses, students can complete degree-related correspondence and online courses under the direction of UNC–Chapel Hill instructors. UNC–Chapel Hill serves as the administrative center for this statewide program, which also offers courses from eight other member institutions of the University of North Carolina system. Carolina Courses Online is a distance-education program that offers courses via the Internet. Class sessions are not required, but courses generally follow the semester schedule. Internet access and e-mail are required in order to enroll.

Part-time Classroom Studies enables part-time students to enroll in undergraduate and graduate evening and daytime courses. Off-campus Credit Studies provides classroom instruction in locations away from campus or in flexible time formats. The Correctional Education Program enables qualified inmates in the North Carolina prison system to take correspondence courses and on-site classes, and provides assistance in the transition to study release.

The Professional Development and Enrichment Programs unit provides consultative and management services in developing continuing education programs in a variety of formats. A number of noncredit conferences and institutes are held at UNC–Chapel Hill each year, usually with the cosponsorship of a University school or department or an educational or professional organization. Enrichment programs for the local community also are offered.

The Friday Center for Continuing Education maintains several social and digital media sites, including Facebook (, Twitter (, and the blog "Student Voices" (