Our Mission:

The Division of Continuing Studies (DoCS) is the central continuing education unit at Rutgers University, coordinating hundreds of credit and non-credit programs and enrolling thousands of participants. DoCS enriches lives and communities by providing lifelong access to progressive, learner-driven education. In coordinating the work of faculty, staff and alumni of Rutgers who share its passions for lifelong learning, DoCS is guided by a vision to lead Rutgers to a position of state, national and international prominence in lifelong learning. Grounded by its New Jersey roots, DoCS seeks to meet learners wherever they work and live, both in the classroom and online.

Our Impact:

DoCS was founded by University Presidential action in 1996 as the Division of Continuous Education and Outreach to coordinate and support continuing education and distance education and outreach at Rutgers University, across all of the campuses. Since then, DoCS has grown to include over 150 employees at 20 units and 20 locations, that coordinate hundreds of credit and non-credit programs, enrolling thousands of participants, reaching audiences from youth to retirees and providing various support services across the University. Our educational services include a range of services that rely on state-of-the-art technologies.

DoCS is engaged in all three components of the Rutgers University mission of research, teaching and service. This site provides an overview of the services provided through DoCS, with easy-to-use links to the various DoCS units and staff. Please contact us if we can be of service.

Core Values:

Integrity – We are ethical and honest in every pursuit and strive to achieve mutual trust, transparency, and open communication, within DoCS and outside of DoCS.

People – An esprit de corps personified by civility, a positive attitude toward our work, and an investment in ourselves and others to perpetually learn and grow.

Excellence – An ideal of distinction, fostered by a belief in quality, authenticity, professionalism, and achievement of our vision, mission and goals.

Consideration – An appreciation and mutual respect for all people representing diverse backgrounds, opinions, and points of view.

Service – A spirit of selflessness, courage and competency that nurtures creativity, innovation, and teamwork to ensure success and the highest level of care for the communities and constituent groups we serve.

Lifelong Learning – A commitment to ongoing professional development across the entire DoCS organization, supported by adequate designated resources and opportunities made available for all.


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