University Of Wisconsin System Draws Attention For Competency Based Online Degrees

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The University of Wisconsin System is in the national spotlight for being the first public university system to roll out a flexible option for working adults that awards degrees based on competency - not time in a classroom.

Other public institutions around the country are watching and waiting for a model to increase college access and affordability for working adults who never finished a degree, or who are trying to reinvent themselves because of shifting workforce demands.

The pressure is on the UW System to not only deliver, but to succeed.

Enter the MOOCs - Massive Open Online Courses available for free to anyone with an Internet connection, which are grabbing attention as college and university grapple with rising costs, shrinking budgets, and concerns over soaring tuition and student debt.

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