New program could allow students to graduate faster and spend less money to get their degrees
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, left, and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, right, during a news conference at Copland Trucking in Williamsburg, Va., Friday, July 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Bob Brown)
This fall, University of Wisconsin students will be able to enroll in a new degree plan that could help them graduate faster and spend less money to get their diplomas. In announcing the plan last month, Gov. Scott Walker hailed the new program as a game-changer for higher education, in his state and around the country.
The University of Wisconsin System’s Flexible Degree will use both online and traditional college courses, allowing students to start classes in their own time, learn at their own pace and earn credit for knowledge and skills they already have. It promises to lower net tuition costs through five avenues: an online, competency-based model; accelerated time to completion; federal, state and private grants; workforce development grants; and employer-sponsored grants or forgivable loans.