Senate Universities and Technical Colleges Committee invites UW Flex leaders to informational hearing
MADISON, Wis. – Sen. Sheila Harsdorf invited University of Wisconsin Colleges and UW-Extension Chancellor Ray Cross and other UW-Extension leaders to present the latest UW Flexible Option developments to the Senate Universities and Technical Colleges Committee on Nov. 6, 2013, at the State Capitol.
Committee members learned about major milestones and about the challenges the University of Wisconsin is overcoming to create a revolutionary new educational model.
“We appreciate lawmakers’ engagement in the discussion about this new format we’re developing to increase the number of Wisconsinites who hold degrees, especially in high demand areas such as medicine and information technology,” Cross said. “We are starting small and expect to scale up to help educate adults who otherwise would not be able to progress in their careers.”
The committee focused on aspects that would impact their constituents, such as the student experience, financial aid and tuition, and marketing to reach the estimated 700,000 Wisconsin residents who have earned some college credit but not a degree.
Cross and colleagues explained that this approach to earning UW credits – by demonstrating mastery of required knowledge or skills – will suit some adults’ style of learning . Before beginning the admissions process, they should speak to an enrollment adviser, who will help assess if the program is the right fit for their lives. Depending on results, they either will be invited to apply for UW Flexible Option admission, which includes proactive student advising, or referred to other opportunities to pursue their education. Additional information is available at: https://flex.wisconsin.edu/faqs/
UW Colleges is the third largest institution of the UW System and includes 13 campuses and UW Colleges Online. UW-Extension, which receives the third largest amount of federal grants in the UW System, serves Wisconsin families, businesses and communities statewide through offices in all 72 Wisconsin counties and three tribal nations, continuing education services through all 26 UW System campuses, the statewide broadcasting networks of Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Television, and entrepreneurship and economic development activities by county throughout the state.
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