Governor’s statement on Flexible Degree Option Programs

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who earlier this year with UW System President Kevin P. Reilly and Chancellor Ray Cross of Colleges and Extension announced a “competency-based degree model that will transform higher education in Wisconsin,” released the following statement Wednesday:

Using a competency-based degree model coupled with online testing has the potential to revolutionize higher education. Today’s announcement is the next step in that direction. There is a need for skilled workers in a number of high demand areas such as manufacturing, information technologies, and healthcare. We can help bridge the skills gap by allowing individuals who have learned skills from their employment, from military service, or from other areas to work toward a degree at their own pace. I would like to especially thank President Kevin Reilly and Chancellor Ray Cross for the work they have done, and will continue to do, to support new methods of learning through programs like this. I look forward to the continued development of additional UW Flexible Degree option programs.

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