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Continuing Studies supports the mission of the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the spirit of the Wisconsin Idea by providing access to educational resources to nontraditional students, and lifelong learners in the community. Under the leadership of the Vice Provost for Lifelong Learning and Dean of Continuing Studies, the Division provides continuing education programming and collaborates with other continuing education units across the campus.
Continuing Studies has several goals and needs that can only be met through private contributions. Many gift and naming opportunities have been identified. Please explore the giving opportunities below. Your generous gift to Continuing Studies helps provide the resources necessary to keep the Wisconsin Idea alive and thriving.
Your generous gift to Continuing Studies helps provide the resources necessary to keep the Wisconsin Idea alive and thriving.
Continuing Studies’ Mission
To advocate for and engage lifelong learners through high-quality and innovative programs and services.
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Adult and Nontraditional Student Scholarships Fund
Continuing Studies has been instrumental in opening doors to many thousands of adult learners through Wisconsin, the nation, and the globe. ACSSS staff provide adults with an extensive array of services, unusual for a single office: career counseling, workshops and group programs, academic advising, admissions to the university, financial assistance, and updated online resources and assistance. ACSSS is proud to distribute more than $70,000 in financial support to returning adult students, single parents, and other nontraditional students.
Please consider making a gift to the Adult Student Scholarship Fund, which provides financial support to returning adult students working toward degree completion. Contributions to this fund will be applied to the areas of greatest need.
Make the largest impact with your gift by giving to the Continuing Studies’ Annual Fund. This fund provides an annual source of support to meet the most immediate needs of the division in providing a breadth of educational programs for the community. Your donation will be leveraged by additional resources and targeted to work on the division’s strategic priorities.
Arts and Humanities Fund
Arts and Humanities programs enable people to explore new interests, develop skills and enrich their lives. The Arts and Humanities fund supports Continuing Studies’ languages and humanities programming. Activities supported by this fund include, but are not limited to, payment of program registration/fees for participants with financial need, support of direct program costs as deemed necessary to keep registration fees competitive and affordable, and program development and/or marketing costs.
Badger Precollege is an immersive college program for students completing grades 9-12. Participants in the program immerse themselves in campus life and gain valuable experience in a dynamic and challenging learning environment, all while interacting with UW–Madison faculty.
Our goal is to provide all interested, qualified students the opportunity to attend Badger Precollege . Your gift supports need-based scholarships for students for whom cost is a barrier.
Badger Precollege Academically Advanced Youth Fund
Badger Precollege offers an array of day and residential academic summer programs for academically advanced students finishing grades 1–12. This fund supports ongoing engagement and academic challenges in a broad spectrum of disciplines.
Facilitating by Heart Fund
Started in 2002, Facilitating by Heart is a 5-part series for those who are responsible for facilitating work groups. It provides a unique learning community for people from a range of organizations — including nonprofits — to enhance their skills in working with conflict, listening deeply, asking facilitative questions, honoring different learning patterns, making decisions that “stick,” and designing outcome-based agendas.
This fund supports a wide range of programming for the professional development of Wisconsin’s managers and leaders in the public, nonprofit and private sectors. The Mid-Level Manager Certificate is a seven-class series that helps new and aspiring leaders develop the skills to effectively lead people and teams. Other programs include the Servant Leadership Certificate, the Project Management Certificate, Managing Organizational Change, The Art of Conflict Transformation and A Coach Approach to Work Performance Feedback. The Leadership, Management & Workplace Skills unit of Continuing Studies offers over 100 programs per year.
Odyssey Beyond Bars Fund
This fund supports Odyssey’s academic programming and opportunities for learners in Wisconsin prisons. Learn more about Odyssey Beyond Bars.
Odyssey Family Fund, Friends of the
This fund supports Odyssey Junior, tech access for students, helps families with basic living expenses and unanticipated emergencies and funds Odyssey’s greatest needs.
Odyssey Future Fund
This endowment fund supports Odyssey’s adult and youth academic programs, helping to ensure the program’s long-term sustainability.
Odyssey Project Fund
This fund supports academic programming, including tuition, textbooks and other expenses associated with Onward Odyssey and the foundational Odyssey course.
Professional Development Fund
The Professional Development fund is for Continuing Studies’ professional development programming. Through classes, noncredit certificate programs, workshops, and conferences, Continuing Studies helps professionals hone their skills, earn professional credits and stay current on the latest research and best practices in their field. Activities supported by this fund include, but are not limited to, payment of program registration/fees for participants with financial need, support of direct program costs as deemed necessary to keep registration fees competitive and affordable and program development and/or marketing costs.
Summer Music Clinic
Started in 1929, the Summer Music Clinic is valued as one of the oldest pre-college music outreach programs in the country. Junior high and high school music students participate in a week of creative skill-building and performances in band, orchestra, choir, musical theatre and jazz ensemble. Concert groups rehearse throughout the week and family and friends are invited to the final concerts. Classes are designed to help polish students’ ensemble and individual performance skills with a variety of music-related topics and techniques.