About the College of Continuing and Professional Studies

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Established in 1913, the College of Continuing and Professional Studies empowers learners in all stages of life to pursue knowledge, gain experience, and see the world in new ways.


On Air

We are also home to Radio K, the award-winning, student-run radio station of the University of Minnesota.


Find out about the many accomplishments of our students, alumni, and faculty by browsing through our College e-newsletter, published three times a year.

College Purpose

The purpose of the College of Continuing and Professional Studies is to inspire and serve an expanding population of learners in all stages of life.

College Values


  • We believe learning is for everyone.
  • We meet people where they are.
  • We help navigate complex systems.


  • We believe learning improves lives.
  • We are curious and we feed our hunger for knowledge.
  • We celebrate learning as a lifelong process.


  • We welcome all and honor differences.
  • We believe diversity enriches learning.
  • We care about our learners and one another holistically.


  • We foster strong relationships with one another, our learners, and our communities.
  • We believe that teamwork leads to better outcomes.
  • We are transparent and we encourage honest and open dialogue.


  • We design programs around current needs and emerging trends.
  • We challenge and inspire our learners.
  • We deliver exceptional service and support.

Leadership Team

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Bob Stine
Interim Dean

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Courtney Barrette
Director of Engagement and External Relations

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Liya Fitzpatrick
Finance Director

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Michelle Koker
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education

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Carolyn Llorens Karasch
Human Resources Director

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Stephanie Platteter
Executive Director of Marketing

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Ritu Saksena
Associate Dean for Graduate Education

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Matt Sherwood
IT Director

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Ryan Torma
Executive Director Professional Development and LearningLife