UW gets grant for degree option program

Posted Friday, October 11, 2013 --- 9:37 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Lumina Foundation has given the University of Wisconsin System a $1.2 million grant to help evaluate its new Flexible Option degree program.

The program allows students to earn college credit by demonstrating knowledge from on-the-job training, military experience or coursework on tests. The initiative is designed to help working adults earn degrees faster.

The system will use the grant to chronicle and analyze the program's development.

UW-Milwaukee has received permission from the Higher Learning Commission to offer degrees for nurses, diagnostic imaging and information science and technology through the program. The school also has received the go-ahead for the professional and technical communication certificate program.

UW Colleges, meanwhile, has received permission to offer the associate of arts and science degree and certificate programs through the Flexible Option.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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