New UW System Degree Model Could Save Students Money

By KBJR News 1

New UW System Degree Model Could Save Students Money

June 19, 2012 Updated Jun 19, 2012 at 11:07 AM CST

Madison, WI (Northland's NewsCenter) --- A new competency-based degree model for the University of Wisconsin system could help students save on college costs during a time when tuition across the country is on the rise.

Governor Scott Walker, University of Wisconsin System President Kevin P. Reilly, and UW Colleges and UW-Extension Chancellor Ray Cross presented this new model that they believe will transform higher education in the state.

The competency-based degree model will allow students to start classes at any time and earn credits for skills and knowledge that they learned either during high school, on the job or on their own.

Officials are hoping that this model will make college more affordable and accessible as well as help close the achievement gap in Wisconsin.

“This new model for delivering higher education will help us close the skills gap at an affordable price to get Wisconsin working again,” said Governor Walker. “As states across the country work to improve access and affordability in higher education, I am proud to support this exciting and innovative University of Wisconsin solution.”

The UW System expects to make this program available online to students as soon as fall of this year.

To learn more about the competency-based degree model, check out the UW Flexible Degree Packet.

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