Friday, December 7, 2012

UW Flexible Option

From Governor's Office:

Earlier this year, I joined University of Wisconsin System President Kevin P. Reilly and UW Colleges and UW-Extension Chancellor Ray Cross to announce a competency-based degree model that will transform higher education in Wisconsin. Last week, the first UW Flexible Degree option programs were rolled out.

Using a competency-based degree model, coupled with online testing, could potentially revolutionize higher education. Today’s announcement is the next step in that direction. There is a need for skilled workers in a number of high demand areas such as manufacturing, information technologies, and healthcare. We can help bridge the skills gap by allowing individuals who have learned skills from their employment, from military service, or from other areas to work toward a degree at their own pace.

Beginning next fall, UW-Milwaukee will begin offering flexible degrees in Nursing, Health Sciences, Information Science & Technology, and more. UW also expects to open a few slots this year in select pilot courses to ensure the new degrees will run smoothly and be of high quality. Additionally, students can use the Flexible Option to complete the general education requirements toward any four-year degree. This new development will allow busy adults to complete a portion of their degree from home by earning top-quality credits that will transfer to any four-year UW campus.

I would like to especially thank President Kevin Reilly and Chancellor Ray Cross for the work they have done, and will continue to do, to support new methods of learning through programs like this.

For more information on UW’s Flexible Option, please visit

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