Vice Provost for Lifelong Learning and Dean of the Division of Continuing Studies

The Division of Continuing Studies is considered the gateway for nontraditional learners to access resources, facilities and programs at UW–Madison, and supports the spirit of the Wisconsin Idea through integration of the outreach function into the fabric of the university.

Continuing Studies is led by Jeffrey Russell, who as vice provost and dean provides campuswide leadership for the outreach mission and directs a 100-member faculty and staff team. The division's primary role comprises leadership, administrative oversight, and marketing responsibility for UW–Madison's noncredit offerings, credit outreach and summer session. The division also advises and admits adults seeking to enroll as University Special or Guest Students.

Each year more than 17,000 lifelong learners from around the community, across the state and throughout the nation attend one or more of the 500 noncredit classes, workshops and conferences sponsored by Continuing Studies in the areas of professional development, personal enrichment, career transitions and educational advising.

Course catalog for current noncredit courses

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About the Vice Provost

Jeffrey S. Russell, Ph.D., PE, F NSPE, Dist. M.ASCE, is the Vice Provost for Lifelong Learning and Dean of the Division. 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 B.S. degree in civil engineering from the University of Cincinnati, with M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Purdue University, and is a registered professional engineer in Wisconsin. Russell 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, Vice Provost Russell values the importance of family, the joys of life, and the appreciation of differences and diversity.