UW-Waukesha to offer innovative bachelor’s degree
The University of Wisconsin Colleges, which includes UW-Waukesha, has received approval from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) to offer a new Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) degree completion program. The Waukesha campus is one of six that will enroll students for the BAAS in the fall 2013 semester. The degree will be offered in partnership with UW-Parkside.
UW-Waukesha CEO/Dean Harry Muir said the BAAS degree completion program is primarily designed to help adults who have an associate of arts and science degree and who want to obtain a bachelor's degree without leaving their communities.
Such innovations as credit for prior learning, including knowledge gained at a job or in the military, and a senior capstone course are part of the BAAS degree completion program. A professional studies component emphasizes internships and service-learning.
"The BAAS degree is very timely and relevant to today's adult students," Muir said in a university news release. "It meets the needs of local businesses and organizations for employees who are skilled in teamwork and communications, and it meets Wisconsin's need for a more educated workforce."UW Colleges also received continuing accreditation from the HLC to offer the Associate of Arts and Science degree.