Departments and Units of the Division

Liberal Arts and Applied Studies
The Department of Liberal Arts and Applied Studies (LAAS) serves both kinds of lifelong learners; those who want to enrich their lives through classes and conferences in languages, music, writing, art, history, and more, and professionals who need to hone their skills, earn professional credits, and stay current on the latest research and best practices in their field through classes, noncredit certificate programs, workshops, and conferences. Classes are taught by Continuing Studies instructors and professionals in their fields.

Adult Career and Special Student Services
Information about programs and services for nontraditional and nondegree University Special students is available through Continuing Studies’ Adult Career and Special Student Services (ACSSS). ACSSS also helps local adults considering a career change or engaged in a job search. ACSSS provides guidance through student application and enrollment processes, educational workshops, individual appointments, assessments, and career workshops.

Educational Innovation
Developing new approaches to curriculum and research, Educational Innovation (EI) is a campus-wide initiative to set the university on the path to greater self-sufficiency.

A coordinated effort, Educational Innovation helps create a sustained campus environment by:

  • Improving university capacities
  • Generating new resources to enhance student learning, and
  • Reinforcing research excellence

One of the central goals of the Educational Innovation initiative is designing and delivering degrees and certificates that attract new post-traditional audiences to educational opportunities. 

The EI initiative attracts new, post-traditional audiences by:

  • Offering degree and certificate programs not a part of our usual curriculum, and
  • Providing high quality learning opportunities in accessible formats, which include evening, weekend, online programs

Continuing and degree programs for nontraditional audiences
Continuing Studies provides funding and academic planning resources for schools and colleges as they work to offer credit programs designed to reach nontraditional audiences. Some of the mechanisms available to support credit programs for nontraditional students include:

Integrated Marketing Communications
Continuing Studies offers a wide array of individual, departmental, and institutional marketing support services. The Integrated Marketing Communications Department is the steward of the Continuing Studies brand and develops promotional pieces for the Division's lifelong-learning programs. We also assist schools and colleges across campus and promote the UW-Madison Summer Session.

Administration and the Dean's Office
Led by Jeff Russell and staffed with seasoned administrators, all with the singular goal of serving the needs of UW-Madison Continuing Studies and our community as a whole.