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Liberal Arts & Applied Studies

Liberal Arts and Applied Studies (LAAS) is an academic department whose research focus serves and informs the teaching of adult learners. We provide education to adult learners, undertake scholarship on teaching and learning related to professional development and lifelong learning, and conduct outreach on issues of societal importance.

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person on graduation stage speaking to a large crowd Accessing higher education as an adult

To celebrate National Higher Education Day, we talked with one of our education experts out how adult students can better access higher ed.

Higher education possible for undocumented students

Attending college in the U.S. as an adult student who is undocumented or a DACA recipient is complicated but not impossible. Here are some things to consider.

What adult learners should consider about online degrees

Online programs are expanding access for groups who’ve been left out of university spaces. See what adult learners should consider about online degrees.

Celebrating and supporting student parents in higher ed

September is National Student Parent Month. Read about how higher education institutions can support student parents, and let’s celebrate these students’ success!

Students’ motivations and goals vary

Two returning adult students share why they decided to return to their education – and how they’re using their new-found knowledge.

Returning adult students gather to celebrate perseverance in their educational journeys

Read about our annual Outstanding Adult Student Reception, an event where UW–Madison returning adult students gather to celebrate their accomplishments.

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