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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.

Start the year by cleaning up your digital footprint

Learn some tips from our experts on how to assess and revive your online presence for professional purposes.

Busy mom, military member pursues Badger dream with online degree

Kristy Jorgensen’s dream of earning a college degree at the University of Wisconsin–Madison formed early on in her childhood. After overcoming challenges, she’s making that dream come true by getting…

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.

Finding your groove in college as an adult student

Returning to school as an adult student can be challenging. An educational counselor shares tips to help you through the process.

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.

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