University of Wisconsin-Extension Now Offering a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Program
On June 10, 2016, the UW System Board of Regents approved giving UW-Extension authority to implement an online, competency-based Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degree. The Regents approved a revised mission statement for UW-Extension in December 2015, giving UW-Extension authority to serve the professional development needs of working adults within and outside of the state in the area of business and management.
The baccalaureate degree program is the first to be developed and offered directly by UW-Extension. Opening for student enrollment in December 2016, this program was developed collaboratively, with UW-Extension offering the degree, along with instructional support and back-office operations. Faculty from other UW institutions were involved in the development of the curriculum and assessments, and participate in grading and student feedback.
Interested parties can learn more about the evaluation plan for this program by reviewing the UW-Extension Academic Program Evaluation Plan.
The Role of Advisory Groups in the Development of the UW Flexible Option
In addition to participating program faculty and staff from the UW System institutions who have stepped forward to pioneer the development of the UW Flexible Option, three system-wide advisory groups have been convened to determine key components and principles guiding the development of UW Flexible Option programs:
- A Faculty/Instructional Academic Staff Advisory Group is developing principles for quality, competencies, assessments, and levels of mastery, as well as identifying an ongoing oversight role for faculty as UW Flexible Option programs are developed.
- An Advisory Group is working through infrastructure issues and assisting in the development of a business model.
- An Academic and Student Support Group is assisting in the development of the operational mechanisms and support needed to enable students to enroll and progress in UW Flexible Option programs.
UW-Extension will partner with each UW Flexible Option program to provide operational and administrative support.
UW System Conference Discusses the Changing Nature of Higher Ed – June 12, 2013
Accreditation Applications Submitted for UW Flexible Option – May 30, 2013
UW Colleges Faculty Meet – May 8, 2013
Academic Program Development – April 19, 2013
Work Produced by the Faculty/Instructional Academic Staff Advisory Group:
The Faculty/IAS Advisory Group began meeting in late October 2012 to build the academic backbone of the UW Flexible Option. During the course of their meetings, the group produced a document outlining the academic vision of the initiative, the “What, Why, Who, When & Where of the UW Flexible Option”.
Read More about the “What, Why, Who, When & Where of the UW Flexible Option”
UW System Board of Regents Update:
Ray Cross, Chancellor of UW Colleges and UW-Extension, and Aaron Brower, Interim Provost at UW-Extension, gave an update on the University of Wisconsin Flexible Option to the UW System Board of Regents. The update to the board described the significant progress that has occurred since the UW System’s new Flexible Option was announced in June 2012. The goal is to have the first cohort of UW Flex Options begin in late fall, Cross said, and development of that cohort is well underway, including the academic components, and academic and student support.
Watch the April 5, 2013, Board of Regents presentation and discussion about the UW Flexible Option.
Read the Status Document.
Current UW System Faculty and Staff can learn more about the UW Flexible Option by contacting their colleagues on their representative groups. Faculty and staff will receive information about the UW Flexible Option from their campus chancellors and provosts.