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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I did not grow up in 4-H, but joined when our oldest daughter was 6 years old. She joined as a Cloverbud and I joined as a leader. That was 19 years ago. I jumped in with both feet and have been a project leader, general leader, served on our county executive board, am county coordinator for shooting sports and currently serving on the Wisconsin 4-H Leadership Council. Many great experiences, people, and opportunities.


Regents Honor Outstanding UW System Teachers

The UW System Board of Regents will honor the 25th annual winners of its Teaching Excellence Awards on April 7 in Platteville at the next Regents meeting. These awards recognize outstanding achievements in teaching. They are the UW System’s highest recognition for members of its faculty and academic staff. The monetary value of the award is $5,000 for each recipient. “We are proud to recognize the leadership of this year’s recipients in demonstrating how excellent teaching within the UW System builds confidence and transforms lives,” said Regent Margaret Farrow, chair of the selection committee. “These dedicated educators use innovative techniques to prepare students to reach their full potential for the workforce of tomorrow.” Award recipients are selected for their strong commitment to teaching and learning; use of effective teaching strategies to enhance student learning; and significant impact on students’ intellectual development. The 2017 recipients are: Richard Hauer, Professor, College of Natural Resources, UW-Stevens Point. Dr. Hauer, who was an award-winning student at UW-Stevens Point in the 1990s, returned to his alma mater to teach urban forestry in 2003. During his more than 13 years at the College of Natural Resources (CNR), he has shown a steadfast commitment to developing his teaching abilities and to ensuring engaged learning and success for his students. He makes his courses interactive learning environments. His woody plant identification and use course, for example, is taught completely outdoors. A proponent of incorporating technology in his courses, he pioneered a tool that calculates the economics behind emerald ash borer management. This started as a research question by one of his undergraduate students and developed into an innovative simulator to train students in urban forest decision making. He has successfully incorporated service learning, a high-impact practice, into his capstone Urban Forest course. During his tenure, students in this course have developed forest and resource management plans for 12 local communities. Hauer serves students as the faculty mentor at Neale Hall, one of two campus learning communities, and has advised the CNR Student Research Symposium since 2003. Student participation in the symposium has nearly tripled in that time. Cassandra Phillips, Professor, Department of English, UW-Waukesha. Dr. Phillips has been a faculty member at UW-Waukesha since 2000, where she teaches a variety of writing skills to students ranging from developmental writers to sophomore English majors. She served for many years as the English Department Assessment Coordinator and more recently has served as the Writing Program Administrator, where she works to serve not only her own writing students but also all first-year writing students enrolled at UW Colleges. Phillips has played a crucial role in creating a cohesive two-year writing program designed around strategies to support underprepared students who are transitioning to college-level reading, writing, and research. The resulting learning outcomes and competencies were used as the starting point for developing UW System definitions for college readiness in reading, writing, and research. Thanks in part to the work of Phillips, the UW Colleges Writing Program earned a College Conference on Composition and Communication (CCCC) Writing Program Certificate of Excellence in 2016-2017, the primary national award for postsecondary writing programs. Phillips values continuous reflection and revision in the context of evidence-based practices. Her pedagogy is guided by the concept of “convergence,” which describes how multiple and varying environments, people, and work experiences come together to inform the way an individual teaches. Department of Animal and Food Science, UW-River Falls. The Department of Animal and Food Science, chaired by Dr. Gary Onan, has a program of evaluation and mentoring that benefits new faculty members as they develop and refine their teaching philosophies and practices. Specific activities include peer-visiting of classes, ongoing feedback from the chair, and promotion of professional development opportunities for all faculty, especially newer faculty. Department faculty and staff have received numerous teaching awards and recognitions at the college and university levels, as well as within their professional societies and beyond. Nine faculty members in the department have earned the UW-River Falls Distinguished Teacher Award. To meet the changing demographics of students, in particular the increasing percentage coming from non-farm backgrounds, the department recently undertook an intense curriculum review. As part of this review process, the department held face-to-face listening sessions in which faculty members engaged with business owners, state and agricultural officials, sectors of government, and recent and past graduates to determine the effectiveness of curricular offerings. The department is using the results to focus improvements to specific areas, including exposing students to meaningful, hands-on laboratory experiences with animals earlier in their academic careers and increasing student exposure to career opportunities within animal industries. The Dairy Science program has one of the highest freshman retention rates of any individual program at the university. The department’s faculty and staff are committed to recruiting, such as at county fairs and facilities tours, to inform students about the many rewarding opportunities in animal science agriculture. Others on the selection committee were Regent Tony Evers, Regent James Langnes, and Regent Janice Mueller.

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