More flexibility. More access. More options. The table of higher education is evolving into a buffet of intricately created course and learning approaches as demand for more innovative opportunities to participate in higher education sweeps the country.
Fast Company Co.Exist’s Jessica Leber recently wrote about the impact of disruptive innovation in education in her article, “An ‘All You Can Eat’ College Degree Could Be The Future of Higher Education.”
The UW Flexible Option is weeks away from welcoming students to its table, and its educational meal offerings have caught the eye of potential students, lawmakers, and educational institutions alike.
Online bachelor degree and certificate programs begin on January 2, 2014. But just what makes the UW Flexible Option different from other online education options? It’s not about grinding out hours in the classroom, but rather putting what you already know to use in order to advance, as fast as you want, covering as much ground as you want.
The UW Flexible Option program will open with an Associate of Arts & Science degree from University of Wisconsin Colleges, and B.S. degrees from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in biomedical sciences diagnostic imaging, information science and technology, and nursing. A certificate option from UW-Milwaukee in business and technical communication is also available, with more programs and opportunities expected to roll out as the UW Flexible Option program grows.
“The model is fundamentally different, however, from any other adult bachelor programs that you’ve heard of. Students will pay a flat subscription fee of $2,250 for three months of ‘all you can eat’ access,” Leber writes. “During that time, they’ll be able to use the school’s instructional content online, its advisors, and other resources. More importantly, they’ll be welcome to try to pass as many ‘competency tests’ as they want.”
In short: The UW Flexible Option offers you the chance to consume as much as you want, for an ‘”endless-trip” buffet fee, and it’s up to you how full you fill your plate.
Read Jessica Leber’s full article here.