University of Wisconsin: A Success Story in Continuing Engineering Education

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1975, Vol. 45, Issue 9, Pg. 101-103


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: Each year, five times as many civil engineering practioners take short courses offered by the University of Wisconsin's Engineering Extension (WEX) as at any other school. Why? Because WEX is unique in recognizing that continuing education is a different animal from conventional college instruction. Unlike undergraduate instruction, there is no captive audience. Practitioners are free to pick and choose, course by course, or to take none at all. WEX has the only program whose staff have primary obligation to continuing education, and whose faculty are primarily practitioners, often national leaders in their specialties. WEX each year kills the least successful 10% of their courses.

Subject Headings: Wisconsin | Engineering education | Civil engineering | Continuing education | Students

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