How Can You Earn a BSN Online with a Packed Schedule? Flexibility is Key, Says Flex Nursing Student

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UW Flexible Option student Annie Seidcheck is able to take classes while working as a nurse for patients with neurological issues such as strokes, seizures, and brain injuries.

As a nurse in the neurological unit of Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, Annie Seidcheck wants to stay at the top of her game. Nurses are always learning new things to stay up to date on the most cutting-edge practices. She believes, “It’s important to continue your education.” Her decision to return to school to complete her bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) was based on three critical elements—her desire to advance professionally, a healthy amount of self-motivation, and the right tools to make it happen. Seidcheck found what she was looking for in the University of Wisconsin Flexible Option BSN online program.

“I like this program because I can do it on my own time,” Seidcheck says. “There’s not the barrier of having to be at class at a specific time. I can do it whenever I want, and that works great with my work schedule.”

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Competency-Based Education in the News: CNN and NPR Talk CBE and UW Flexible Option

CompetCNN features competency-based educationency-based education (CBE) programs have been all over the news lately, and a number of stories featured the UW Flexible Option. CNN included the program in the article called “Earn discounted course credits.”

It’s part of a larger piece called “Hacking College,” a self-proclaimed “cheat sheet” for a smoother college experience including tips on how to choose the right school, study smarter, and lower the cost of college.

What does it really mean to hack college?

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Do the Math: How a Competency-Based Education Can Lower College Tuition

By Lisa A. Eramo

If you’ve been thinking of going back to school, you’ve no doubt noticed the high cost of college tuition. As a working adult, college tuition is of special concern given that you likely already have other large financial responsibilities, from a home mortgage to supporting your family.

Competency-based education can reduce college tuition

Numbers don’t lie. UW Flexible Option programs can save returning adult learners both time and college tuition.

In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at the college tuition situation facing today’s aspiring degree holders and examine how the new wave of competency-based education programs could help returning adult learners like you save both time and money.

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How One Ambitious Student Saved $7,500 and Nine Months in His Very First UW Flexible Option Subscription Period

Editor’s note: For returning adult learners, a major benefit of the competency-based UW Flexible Option is the ability to accelerate progress using existing knowledge. Flex student Dan Fitch is an exceptional case. Having completed a whopping 33 credits in a single three-month subscription period, he saved an estimated $7,500 in tuition and 9 months’ time (compared to traditional programs) in just his first subscription period alone. This is his story.

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“Flex works really well for me after being in the IT field professionally for so long. Some of the introductory courses, I’ve blazed through them. I just have to prove that I know it and I’m done, which is awesome.”

When Dan Fitch took a temp job with the Wisconsin Legislature in 1998, he thought it would be just that: temporary. Now, 16 years later, Fitch, a software developer, has worked his way through the ranks from a general software administrator to a senior programmer. He handles everything from creating websites with custom developments to apps for various departments around the legislature. While the lack of a college degree hasn’t held Fitch back, he says it’s time to take that next step, earn his degree, and broaden the opportunities to use his talents. Read more…

Competency-Based Education: What It Is, How It’s Different, and Why It Matters to You

skillsEveryone is talking about competency-based education, and for good reason. New competency-based programs such as the UW Flexible Option have the potential to revolutionize higher education by personalizing student learning and making it possible for millions of adults to at last earn a college degree while balancing work and family.

But what is competency-based education, and how is it different from the traditional model? Most importantly, what does it mean to you?Read more…

Competency-Based Information Science and Technology Degree Delivering ROI for Student

"Flex is one option that helps make a degree reasonable, especially if you go with the ‘all-you-can-learn’ model. The more you work, the more you get. You’re paying for what you need, nothing more."  Craig Kilgo, UW Flexible Option Student

“Flex is one option that helps make a degree reasonable, especially if you go with the ‘all-you-can-learn’ model. The more you work, the more you get. You’re paying for what you need, nothing more.” — Craig Kilgo, UW Flexible Option Student

Hard work and commitment are two qualities that have served Craig Kilgo well. Now, this aspiring college graduate is leaning on them more than ever as he completes his degree through a competency-based University of Wisconsin Flexible Option program.

“Flex is about work ethic,” says Kilgo. “This was exactly the program I needed, and I decided it was important to take advantage of this opportunity as soon as possible.”

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