About Continuing Studies

Our mission and values

The mission of Continuing Studies is to advocate for and to engage lifelong learners through high-quality and innovative programs and services.


Continuing Studies’ staff and faculty provide leadership, administrative oversight, program development, and marketing support for UW–Madison’s noncredit offerings. In addition, we teach and direct hundreds of programs and courses that address the professional development and personal enrichment needs of face-to-face and online learners. Continuing Studies also advises and admits people enrolled in certain credit or capstone programs, as well as adults pursuing undergraduate degrees.


Our future

Demographics are shifting. Technology is evolving. Along with these changes come new educational needs and expectations: More adults are pursuing degrees and certificates later in life. Emerging workforce trends require people to retool for different careers. And more international students are seeking the prestigious UW experience.

Serving these students requires new services, policies, technologies, and partnerships. Continuing Studies leads the charge to prepare for these changes with Lifelong Learning 2020, a campus-wide strategic framework that calls on UW–Madison to:

Create transformative learning experiences
Reach more lifelong learners
Generate new revenue

Our Dean

UW Madison Continuing Studies Dean Jeffrey Russell

Jeffrey S. Russell, PhD, PE, F NSPE, Dist. M.ASCE, is the Vice Provost for Lifelong Learning and Dean of the Division of Continuing Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Previously, he was professor and chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and a co-founder of the Construction Engineering and Management program at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He has a BS degree in civil engineering from the University of Cincinnati, with MS and PhD degrees from Purdue University, and is a registered professional engineer in Wisconsin.

Jeff grew up in a construction family where his father ran the field operations for a small regional contractor in northeast Ohio. He spent his youth working in construction where he learned the value of hard work, integrity, and organization. He has always respected the important role labor plays in achieving project success. Strongly influenced by his sister, who has Down syndrome, Jeff values the importance of family, the joys of life, and the appreciation of differences and diversity.