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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A friend of mine was attending UWFox, and I asked her about the qualifications needed to get into college. I was home schooled and wasn’t sure how it compared to public curriculum. She advised me to go to UWFox and take a placement test. The next day I took a placement test and they said, “Great, you start in two weeks.” It turned out to be a great choice financially and academically. Like most students, I was unsure. I wanted to keep my major broad enough that I could use it with any career path, but specific enough that I could get a good foundation of knowledge for the career direction I decide on. My degree, in business administration, seems to work well with my strengths and the direction I’m going in my current company. I plan to transfer to UW Oshkosh to continue my education in business administration and continue to grow with my company.

UW Colleges and UW-Extension Faculty Approved for Promotion or Tenure

MADISON, Wis. – University of Wisconsin Colleges and UW-Extension is proud to announce that 34 faculty members were recently awarded promotions or tenure.   “Earning promotion or tenure requires a rigorous academic review, so I extend my sincere congratulations on this major academic career achievement,” said Chancellor Sandeen. “Like all faculty members, I know these colleagues will continue to make valuable contributions to ensure that the UW Colleges and UW-Extension meets its vital mission within the State of Wisconsin.”   Promotion from Associate Professor with tenure to Professor with tenure:   · Brett Barker: UW-Marathon County, History · Jennifer Erickson: UW-Extension, Community Resource Development · Jason Fischbach: UW-Extension, Agriculture & Life Sciences · Caroline Geary: UW-Fox Valley, Chemistry · Mark Hagedorn: UW-Extension, Agriculture & Life Sciences · Jennifer Heinert: UW-Washington County, English · Mark Karau: UW-Sheboygan, History · Jonathan Kasparek: UW-Waukesha, History · Pam Massey: UW-Fox Valley, Health, Exercise Science, And Athletics · Lou Pech: UW-Marathon County, Biological Sciences · Karl Schindl: UW- Manitowoc, Business/Economics · Joan Sprain: UW-Extension, Family Development · Elizabeth Zanichkowsky: UW-Waukesha, English   Promotion from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor with tenure:   · Julianna Alitto: UW-Waukesha, Psychology/Education · Missy Bablick: UW-Extension, Family Development · Richard Brunson: UW-Marshfield/Wood County, Music · Timothy Buchholz: UW-Marathon County, Music · Patricia Carroll: UW-Extension, Family Development · William Cronin: UW-Extension, Community Resource Development · Jason Hausler: UW-Extension, Youth Development · Beth Johnson: UW-Fox Valley, Geography/Geology · Suzanne Joneson: UW-Waukesha, Biological Sciences · Neil Klemme: UW-Extension, Youth Development · Zhifang Peng: UW-Richland, Business/Economics · Mark Schmitz: UW-Sheboygan, Biological Sciences · Christopher Stark: UW-Extension, Community Resource Development · Rebecca Stone Thornberry: UW-Marinette, Communications-Theatre Arts · Jill Stukenberg: UW-Marathon County, English · Jennifer Swensen: UW-Extension, Youth Development · Christy Talbott: UW-Sheboygan, Music · Mohan Thapa: UW-Washington County, Mathematics · Christa Van Treek: UW-Extension, Youth Development · Christopher Wilbur: UW-Baraboo/Sauk County, Psychology/Education · Younis Zaidan: UW-Fox Valley, Mathematics   The UW System Board of Regents formally voted to approve the promotions or tenure at their June meeting, and they are effective July 1, 2017, for UW Extension, and August 28, 2017, for UW Colleges, which is the first day of the 2017-2018 academic year. UW Colleges is an institution of the UW System comprised of 13 freshman-sophomore campuses and UW Colleges Online that offer an associate degree in arts and science and a single Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree, and prepare students of all ages and backgrounds for baccalaureate and professional programs. UW-Extension serves Wisconsin families, businesses and communities statewide through offices in all 72 Wisconsin counties and three tribal nations, continuing education services through all 26 UW System campuses, the UW Flexible Option partnership with UW System campuses, the statewide broadcasting networks of Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Television, and entrepreneurship and economic development activities by county throughout the state.

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