The division works in partnership with the 26 UW System campuses – fulfilling the “Wisconsin Idea” of extending university resources to every corner of the state.

We offer an array of degrees, certificates and credentials in fast-growing fields to help close the skills gap in the Wisconsin workforce. Because major employers from across the state help shape our education programs, our direct line to industry enables us to offer education in high-demand fields and ensures our graduates will have the relevant skills that employers need to remain competitive.

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Focused on supporting all types of students – including adult and post-traditional students – the Division of Continuing Education, Outreach & E-Learning promotes access to learning and contributes to student success. Whether you are re-entering the workforce, shifting careers, advancing along your current path – or simply exploring a topic that interests you as a lifelong learner – we have an option for you.



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Collaborative Online Degree Programs

Online programs allow students to earn their bachelor’s or master’s degree from their preferred UW System campus.

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Independent Learning

Independent learning courses allow students to enroll at any time, learn and test at their own pace within one year – without ever setting foot on a campus.

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Explore services that make education more accessible such as lifelong learning opportunities at UW System campuses, UW HELP and the Veterans Portal.

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School for Workers

School for Workers educates workers about issues of concern in the workplace by working with union representatives, officers, members, and employer representatives on a wide range of educational programs.

University Learning Store

The University Learning Store offers a practical and affordable way to earn credentials that hold real value in today’s job market – whether you’re looking to add new skills or technical skills, or simply advancing skills you already have.

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UW Flexible Option

The UW Flexible Option is especially designed for self-motivated, nontraditional students who want to earn a degree or certificate at their own pace.

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UW System Board of Regents approves new online Bachelor of Science in Applied Computing

The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents approved a Bachelor of Science in Applied Computing program. The new degree will be available online through five UW campuses: UW-Milwaukee, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Platteville, UW-River Falls, and UW-Stevens Point. The program was developed in partnership with, and will be administered by, UW-Extension. The 61-credit online degree program will launch in September 2017, pending Higher Learning Commission approval. University of Wisconsin online collaborative degree programs are designed to fill a recognized gap in the workforce. “We interviewed computer and information technology professionals from diverse industry sectors,” said David Schejbal, dean of the Division of Continuing Education, Outreach and E-Learning at UW-Extension. “We found that in nearly every corner of industry, businesses can no longer operate competitively without skilled, perceptive IT professionals. This program is designed to help fill that gap.” Computer and information technology represents one of the fastest growing fields in the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in this area are projected to grow 12 percent from 2014 to 2024. Job titles such as computer support specialists, computer and information systems managers, systems analysts, security analysts, web developers, database administrators, and software developers are among these in-demand positions. “This is a unique and innovative program in that it focuses on the practical application of computer principles to address real-world problems,” said Provost Faye Perkins, University of Wisconsin-River Falls. “Students will learn hands-on skills to analyze technical problems and develop forward-thinking technology-based solutions that will help individuals, groups and companies.” Industry representatives helped shape the multidisciplinary curriculum. The online courses are designed to build both technical and leadership skills, preparing graduates to solve real-world problems as part of a team. Technical courses cover software design and development, database management, systems analysis and design, and object-oriented programming, among others. Leadership courses build a strong foundation in business and communications, focusing on accounting, human resources, marketing, project management and operations. As with all UW online collaborative degrees, for the final course, students apply what they learn in a hands-on capstone project at a business or organization. These projects often lead to job opportunities and valuable connections. To learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Applied Computing please visit

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