The BYU Salt Lake Center was formally established in 1959 by BYU President Ernest L. Wilkinson as the BYU-Salt Lake Adult Education Center. It was initially created “for the purpose of bringing to our adult people (in the Salt Lake Valley) such services as audio-visual teaching aids, special lectures related to the fundamentals of the Gospel, other leadership training courses, as well as many other courses from the BYU curriculum.” i Over the years the name of the BYU Salt Lake Center has changed, most of the unique programs and lecture series have been discontinued, the number of students attending has fluctuated, and the focus of offerings has become centered on credit courses. But one thing that has not changed is the efforts of the Center “to support BYU by providing students with an excellent resource for credit programs within the Salt Lake Valley.” ii
i Richard H Henstrom and Keith R. Oakes. The World is Our Campus: The History of the Division of Continuing Education at Brigham Young University Provo, Utah 1875–1997 (Provo, UT: DCE, 1997), 367-368.
ii BYU Continuing Education. BYU Salt Lake Center. ce.byu.edu/content/byu-salt-lake-center (accessed April 3, 2017).