UW Colleges and UW-Extension touch millions of Wisconsin lives every year.

In all 72 counties and 3 tribal nations in our state, UW Colleges and UW-Extension resources are hard at work supporting the learners and leaders who make our home great. We provide hundreds of programs and learning opportunities designed to foster healthier families, encourage civic engagement, build vibrant communities and power our statewide economy. And it’s working. Whether we’re opening classrooms, raising capital or planting a community garden, our institutions help more than 200,000 farmers, parents, students, neighbors and entrepreneurs do more—and achieve more together—every single day.

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Enhancing Quality of Life

Nancy S

Wausau

Enhancing Quality of Life

Nancy S

UW Colleges and Extension have enriched my life as a lifelong learner.

I attended a class at UW-Marathon County (UWMC) my first semester as a high school senior in 1972, graduated high school midterm, and went to UWMC until 1975. Then I transferred to UW-Madison and graduated in 1978, afterwards returning to Wausau to live near family.

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UW-Marathon County

Supporting Families and Communities

Vanessa S

West Bend

Supporting Families and Communities

Vanessa S

As a mother of four, I appreciate the convenience and opportunity of being able to earn a degree in engineering at UW-Washington County. The collaborative program with UW-Platteville makes it possible for me to complete my degree without ever leaving West Bend.

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UW-Washington County

Educational Access and Innovation

Lauren Z

Janesville

Educational Access and Innovation

Lauren Z

Starting college with big dreams — but no idea of how to make them happen — I decided to enroll in a college somewhere close to home to make sure I found the right path for me. Going to school at UW-Rock County ended up being the best decision for my overall schooling career.  After expressing my dream of being a marine biologist, my advisor, Karen Greenler, informed me of UW-Whitewater’s Marine Biology program. It’s a four and half year program with your senior year spent at Deakin University in Australia.   Read the full story >

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UW-Rock County

Economic Development

Kristen F

Pulaski

Economic Development

Kristen F

Our consulting firm is working on revitalizing downtown Pulaski, WI. Allyson Watson, Community and Economic Development Educator in Brown County has been instrumental in working with public engagement and networking with the county to secure a tenant and build momentum for the redevelopment of an iconic building in the community. We wouldn't be where we are today on the project without Allyson's help.

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WisPolitics Partners with UW Colleges & UW-Extension to Host Roundtables on Navigating the New Economy

Business leaders and community members have an opportunity to learn from state and local experts about how they can better navigate the new economy during roundtables in Hudson, Richland Center and Sheboygan. The series of community conversations is brought to you by WisPolitics.com and WisBusiness.com in partnership with UW Colleges and UW-Extension.


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Press Coverage

‘Badger Promise’ program offers free tuition to first-generation Wisconsin transfer students at UW-Madison

A new program, “Badger Promise,” will provide free tuition to qualifying Wisconsin students to help them pursue their dream of a four-year degree, UW–Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank and UW Colleges and Extension Chancellor Cathy Sandeen announced Friday.

Blank proposed the program earlier this year with the goal of expanding access to lower-income Wisconsin residents and preparing the Wisconsin workforce to meet employers’ changing needs.


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From the Chancellor

Two Birds with One Stone: Staff Satisfaction and the Student Experience

Delivering an industry-leading student experience—one that matches the kind of experience students get from retail leaders like Amazon—is a high priority for college and university leaders across the United States. After all, a great student experience impacts student acquisition, retention and completion in significant ways. Unfortunately, what often gets lost in the efforts to drive the student experience is the experience of administrative staff working both on the front lines and behind the scenes.


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