UW System To Offer New 'Flexible Degree' Program

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Wisconsin would be a national pioneer in helping adults earn a post-secondary degree under a new program announced Tuesday by Gov. Scott Walker and University of Wisconsin System leaders.

Starting this fall, the UW System plans to offer a "flexible degree" that will allow students to begin classes anytime they want, work at their own pace and earn credit for what they already know.

The goal would be to offer a more affordable pathway to higher education for the roughly 700,000 Wisconsin adults who have some college credits and would benefit from advancing their career without having to set foot on a college campus.

Wisconsin would be the first state to offer a statewide system built around competency-based education, said Terry Hartle, a senior vice president for the American Council on Education.

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