Online Learning Update

July 5, 2012

Online Learning: UW flex degree plan may be key to boosting college grads

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:01 am

By Karen Herzog and Jason Stein, Journal Sentinel

Ray Cross readily admits that for-profit online colleges grew rapidly because traditional universities missed the boat. They weren’t flexible and affordable enough for adults who wanted to earn a degree, but couldn’t sit in a classroom while juggling a full-time job, family or military duty. For-profit colleges now enroll about 17,000 students in Wisconsin, according to Cross, chancellor for the University of Wisconsin Colleges and UW Extension. “That would be our third largest campus” if all 17,000 could be captured by the UW System, said Cross, who is leading two new state initiatives to make earning a college degree more flexible and affordable. An online degree program announced last week is expected to offer courses by this fall.

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