Statistical data

Summary of continuing education noncredit activities — FY 2015

Continuing education unit Number of
Individual hours
of instruction
Student FTE

This table includes noncredit activities reported through MU continuing education units and does not include contacts by cooperative extension specialists.
* Two other MU Conference Office activities with attendance totaling 1,704 have been distributed among their related academic areas and are represented in the MU Extension unit totals in this table.

Continuing Medical Education 1,678 23,452 2,405 216.7
Fire and Rescue Training Institute 605 12,592 9,118 508.6
Labor Education 38 891 351 25.6
Law Enforcement Training Institute 76 1,253 3,507 244.6
Missouri Training Institute 485 12,359 1,802 117.0
MU Nursing Outreach 61 1,821 443 44.4
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute 90 1,620 899 52.5
MU Conference Office*        
4-H Youth Development 2 402 112 58.1
Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources 15 4,766 288 204.6
Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Extension 1 31 20 2.8
Arts and Science 3 580 54 65.7
Business Development Extension 1 74 14 4.6
Community Development Extension 1 151 3 1.5
Education 1 362 19 29.8
Engineering 5 413 118 21.9
Human Environmental Sciences Extension 3 445 55 29.1
Journalism 1 1,035 5 17.3
MU Administration 10 3,650 159 335.2
MU Extension 6 1,893 54 66.1
Veterinary Medicine 1 65 12 3.0
Conference Office hosted 13 6,187 257 477.5
Conference Office totals 63 20,054 1,170 1,317.2
TOTALS 3,096 74,042 19,695 2,526.6

Osher at Mizzou strengthens community of seniors in mid-Missouri

Senior citizens are one community that all too often flies under most people’s radar, but MU Extension has an entire unit dedicated to providing quality programs, classes and activities for those over the age of 50. As a group, seniors are more prone to social isolation, especially in mid-Missouri where many seniors relocate to be near their loved ones. Osher creates an opportunity for them to gather at classes and activities to join a broader community of their peers.

The MU Extension program recently brought home a national award from a conference of Osher programs in recognition of its eight-part series exploring issues raised by the 2014 events in Ferguson, Mo. The class, taught by Julie Middleton, is just one of many courses that allow seniors to continue learning, exploring and broadening their horizons well past retirement age. And with new classes offered on a seasonal basis, Osher is sure to offer something for everybody.


Educational contacts — FY 2015

Program area Direct contact total Indirect contact total Total contacts
Agriculture and Natural Resources 82,899 121,770 204,669
Human Environmental Sciences 1,039,158 691,285 1,730,443
Business Development 19,966 453 20,419
Community Development 9,606 69,166 78,772
4-H Youth Development 117,856 139,293 257,149
TOTALS 1,269,485 1,021,967 2,291,452

What do these numbers mean?

Educational contacts is just another way of saying, “Here’s how many people we served this year.” Each program takes a different approach to the question of how to serve the people of Missouri and fulfill the land-grant mission.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Agriculture specialists all over Missouri are in regular contact with producers to educate them on the benefits of establishing and maintaining cover crops, which protect soil from erosion and improve soil health.

Human Environmental Sciences

The Family Nutrition Education Programs reach schoolchildren and adults alike in all 114 of Missouri’s counties through classes on how to make better food choices and maintain a healthy lifestyle. In addition to holding adult nutrition education classes, many extension specialists also go into classrooms to teach children the importance of nutrition and healthy food choices.

Business Development

Hundreds of organizations and individuals turn to MU Extension’s business development specialists for help with anything from advising and educating startups to helping existing businesses grow. The Small Business and Technology Development Centers have 38 locations across Missouri to offer local assistance where and when it’s needed.

Community Development

The Extension Community Economic and Entrepreneurial Development (ExCEED) team fosters economic growth by advising local leaders and businesses on planning and executing development projects that help their community grow and thrive.

4-H Youth Development

In addition to providing opportunities for STEM education and hands-on experiences in schools all across Missouri, 4-H boasts a dedicated corps of volunteers — many of them former 4-H’ers themselves — that help get young people involved and engaged in 4-H’s myriad programs.

 In addition to working face-to-face with local specialists, the extension website allows people to seek out relevant and reliable solutions on their own. In FY 2015, MU Extension's website drew more than 2.7 million unique visitors and had nearly 6.2 million visits.