Our History

A century of continuum

From delivering correspondence courses by motorcycle to giving people who otherwise couldn’t afford it the chance to enroll in professional development opportunities, UW Continuum College has grown and evolved for more than 100 years, passing many milestones along the way. Explore Continuum’s decades of history and learn how we’ve become a bridge to education for our community. 

uw students in lecture hall 1970s

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Explosion of Women’s Studies and New Professional Courses

The Women’s Liberation Movement and changing ideas about women’s roles in society, family and workplace influenced significant shifts in America. A new vocational counseling service, known then as Women’s Studies, was introduced and later renamed Women’s Programs.
Along with a new service, Continuing Education adopted two new priorities: Broader inclusion to meet the needs of women and minority students, as well as validation of the professional and academic education provided by the organization. The founding goals to improve the citizenry and strengthen society would disappear within a few years.