SMU Continuing Studies is now known as SMU Continuing and Professional Education (CAPE). The name change took effect June 1. Continuing Studies Director Amy Heitzman leads the new division.
Under the new, expanded CAPE, the Meadows Community Education program merges with the SMU Informal Courses for Adults program. The department also will expand its liberal and fine arts offerings and be home to community outreach initiatives and noncredit professional development programs, including the certificate programs in financial planning, nonprofit leadership and Spanish for the workplace.
Continuing education efforts of the Center for Counseling and Mediation and the School of Engineering will be offered through CAPE beginning in fall 2008.
The new name recognizes new strides in continuing education at SMU, wrote Leon Simmons Dean David Chard in an e-mail to the SMU community. As part of the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, “CAPE is well positioned to offer expanded noncredit continuing education in the liberal and fine arts to our campus and community in addition to its growing emphasis on professional development,” he added.