Wisconsin's Competency-Based Degrees Approved
- Lawmakers and foundations push prior-learning assessment
- Competency-based education continues spread
- Competency-based education gets a boost from the Education Department
- Barriers to competency-based education may be lifting, panel says
- Lumina-funded group seeks to lead conversation on competency-based education
The University of Wisconsin System has earned approval from its regional accreditor for several competency-based programs, the Wisconsin State Journal reports. The low-cost, self-paced degrees, which will feature prior-learning assessment, include a handful of bachelor tracks, a certificate and a general education associate degree from the University of Wisconsin Colleges, a two-year system. The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association signed off on the competency-based degrees, which the system calls the "UW Flexible Option." The system will now apply to the U.S. Department of Education to seek approval to participate in federal financial aid programs.