UW System announces online degree
During a media event Wednesday, where the University of Wisconsin System officially announced the beginning of its new online flexible degree program, UW-Parkside alumnus Michael Falbo and current student Tracy Hribar represented the Board of Regents. Falbo serves as vice president of the board and Hribar is the nontraditional student representative.
Falbo said the Board of Regents strongly supports the new flex-option format, demonstrating a commitment to serving students in a truly innovative, responsive manner.
"Today, the UW System has helped strengthen Wisconsin's workforce in immeasurable ways," he said.
UW System President Kevin Reilly estimated that 750,000 to 1 million Wisconsin residents have some college or university credit. The new flexible degree program is designed to help those persons complete their degree. He said the UW System is the first public higher education system in the United States to offer this online opportunity.
Hribar noted that many adults are in need of a bachelor's degree for career advancement or to stay employable in today's highly competitive job market.
An important component of the flexible degree program is the assessment of knowledge gained through practical and professional experience.
As a nontraditional student, Hribar gave an example of what adult learners bring to the classroom. "When discussing a particular concept, I'm often asked by younger students, 'How did you know that?' I lived it," she said.