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About Adult Career and Special Student Services

Adult Career and Special Student Services (ACSSS) is your gateway to the vast resources of UW-Madison. We serve more than 10,000 people each year, offering comprehensive assistance for returning adult degree students, career assessment, help with career transitions, and outreach to employers. We are also the admissions, advising, and academic dean’s office for 4,500 University Special students. Individual appointments and workshops on campus, drop-in sessions off-campus, and public programs allow us to reach you and meet your individual needs.

Whether you’re beginning a new educational or career journey, or just need an answer to a question, please contact us to confirm your best next step.

Meet our staff

Judith StrandJudith Strand, associate dean and director, advocates for adult students and prospective learners, raises funds to support scholarships and grants, collaborates with UW System partners serving adult learners, and acts as liaison with other campus offices and directors.




Leigh Fredrickson Leigh Fredrickson, student status examiner associate, processes applications, manages admissions, and provides enrollment support for University Special students.




Matt GreenbergMatt Greenberg, student services coordinator, advises adults returning to complete a baccalaureate degree in addition to advising University Special students, Guest auditors, and Senior Guest Auditors.  Matt coordinates the scholarship program for returning adult students and single parent students.



Christine InthachithChristine Inthachith, student services coordinator, coordinates services for visiting international learners in the Division of Continuing Studies.




Josh JuedesJosh Juedes, student services coordinator, oversees the Visiting International Student Program sponsored groups program, connecting with UW faculty and departments interested in bringing cohorts of students to UW-Madison for short term study, admitting and advising incoming international students, and planning orientations and events.



Moira KelleyMoira G. Kelley, senior career counselor and communications coordinator, assists community adults in career transition, both individually and in workshops. She coordinates all office communication and publications, and serves as liaison to Integrated Marketing and Communication staff. Moira also admits and advises University Special students.



Jessie KochJessie Koch, program assistant supervisor, supervises the front-line customer service staff and manages the overall administrative support function of Adult Career and Special Student Services.



April McHughApril McHugh, career and educational counselor, provides individual career counseling for community adults in career transition. She facilitates career planning workshops and the weekly Job Search Support Group. Her focus is primarily on career and educational options to help adults attain their goals. April also supervises counseling practicum students and admits and advises University Special students.


Anne NiendorfAnne Niendorf, university services associate, is the first point-of-contact for students, learners of all ages, members of the university community, and the general public. She provides customer service, handles customer requests, schedules appointments, assists with admissions and enrollment, and provides support to counseling and advising staff.



Sybil PressprichSybil Pressprich, senior career and educational counselor, provides individual career counseling and facilitates career planning workshops for adults facing career transitions. Sybil also administers the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and career-development workshops for area employers and chairs the Outstanding Undergraduate Returning Adult Student Award committee.


Karen RipleyKaren Ripley, student services coordinator, admits and advises post-baccalaureate University Special student populations including adults taking courses for personal and professional development, prerequisites for graduate school, and Capstone Certificates. She is also the liaison for departments offering courses for selected students such as teacher workshops and summer institutes.


Martin RouseMartin Rouse, assistant dean, oversees special student admissions. He is the director of international admissions and advising, and coordinates international initiatives for the Division of Continuing Studies. 



Jennifer SandridgeJennifer Sandridge, student services coordinator, admits and advises concurrently enrolled high-school students and visiting students. She is also the Continuing Education grant coordinator.




Anna Seidel-QuastAnna Seidel-Quast, student services coordinator, oversees the Visiting International Student Program (VISP) that welcomes international students to the University of Wisconsin-Madison for short-term study.




Zufang ShanZufang Shan, office associate, manages financial records for Adult Career and Special Student Services, provides administrative support for the scholarship and awards program, and provides front-line customer service for the Division of Continuing Studies.



Sarah StilpSarah Stilp, assistant director, oversees domestic University Special student admission and student services.  She is also responsible for IT and admissions operations oversight as it relates to special student processes.