Anywhere, anytime path to a degree is cornerstone of UW-Green Bay’s new Accelerated Degree

Applications now being accepted; some prior experience may be eligible for credit

Green Bay, Wis.— Beginning in fall 2020, an Accelerated Degree will be available to students pursuing an Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree. The program provides “anywhere, anytime” access—as students will be able to engage in courses when it is convenient for them, as all class content will be made available online and through video lectures.

In addition, the Accelerated Degree program will be the University’s first in which students will be able to complete all courses in six-week (or four-week summer) increments, providing increased flexibility for working adults and those who aren’t able to take classes on campus. Students will have an option to attend in-person lectures with instructors one Saturday per month.

Interested students are able to learn more and apply for admission to the program, immediately at www.uwgb.edu/accelerated-degree. The program is offered through UW-Green Bay’s Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement.

In addition to personalized coaching, the Accelerated Degree is a customized program with built-in flexibility, specifically designed to expedite personal growth, while making it possible for students to manage work, family, home and education. The Accelerated Degree is also designed to provide relevant knowledge and training to working adults seeking promotion or career change. During fall and spring semesters, students will be able to take two classes at a time in six-week sessions.

“We are attempting to remove the barriers that prevent people from pursuing their higher education goals and dreams,” said UW-Green Bay Provost Michael Alexander. “Essentially we desire to help people from all walks of life to fast forward their future. UW-Green Bay is proud to provide educational opportunities for people at all stages of their professional and pre-professional careers. The Accelerated Degree is intended to be flexible for students that need options to balance their education with other demands on their time. We understand that students have many needs for education throughout their careers and want to ensure that UW-Green Bay is able to provide programs that allow access for all who want it at any point during their journey.”

As a part of the application and enrollment process, students will work with a dedicated student success coach from the University, who will help evaluate a student’s life goals and life journey as they design, together, a plan that will work for them. The student success coach will analyze students’ transfer college credits and learning experiences outside of formal education through work, military or other experiences and determine how they may apply towards the degree. Students will work with the student success coach during the entirety of their time in the program.

The Accelerated Degree meets the UW-Green Bay requirements for an Associate of Arts and Science Degree with an emphasis that prepares graduates for advancement in their jobs or a clearly-defined pathway towards bachelor degree programs. Students will be able to choose from four emphasis areas: Business Concepts, Foundations of Education, Organizational Development or Workforce Solutions.

Students will earn a digital badge for their chosen emphasis. Each emphasis has been developed to deliver workforce skills needed in a competitive job market. Digital badges are a quick and recognizable way to share verified knowledge and expertise with employers, colleagues and recruiters and will afford students a competitive edge and a way to differentiate themselves from co-workers or other candidates. Badges empower students with 24/7 digital access on resumes, websites, social media and email signatures.

Students can learn more about the program and their next steps at www.uwgb.edu/accelerated-degree.

About UW-Green Bay’s Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement
The Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement focuses its mission on creating educational opportunity and access for all ages, encompassing K-12 student programs, personal and professional development and customized training to meet the needs of a progressive economy. The division develops, collaborates and executes responsive solutions for diverse communities statewide, all of which reflect a deep commitment to inclusion, social justice and civic responsibility.

 About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to more than 8,700 students with campus locations in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Established in 1965 on the border of Green Bay, the University and its campuses are centers of cultural enrichment, innovation and learning. The Green Bay campus is home to one of the Midwest’s most prolific performing arts centers, a nationally recognized 4,000-seat student recreation center, D-I athletics, an award-winning nine-hole golf course and a five-mile recreational trail and arboretum, which is free and open to the public. This four-campus University transforms lives and communities through student-focused teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, powerful connections and a problem-solving approach to education. UW-Green Bay’s main campus is centrally located, close to both the Door County resort area and the dynamic economies of Northeast Wisconsin, the Fox Valley region and the I-43 corridor. UW-Green Bay offers in-demand programs in science, engineering and technology; business; health, education and social welfare; and arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

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Accelerated Degree

Innovation in Access: Student Success is the Cornerstone of New Accelerated Degree Program

Student success is a cornerstone of a brand new Accelerated Degree program available this fall for students pursuing an Associate of Arts and Science Degree at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. As a part of the application and enrollment process, students will work with a dedicated Student Success Coach, who will evaluate their goals and life journey to design a plan that will work for them. The Student Success Coach will analyze students’ transfer college credits and learning experiences outside of formal education through work, military or other experiences and determine how they may apply towards the degree. Students will work with the Student Success Coach during the entirety of their time in the program.

In addition to personalized coaching, the Accelerated Degree is customized to provide flexibility for the working student, providing relevant knowledge and training to enable promotion or career change while balancing home and family. During fall and spring semesters, students will take two classes at a time in six-week sessions, which means that by the end of their first semester, students will have completed two semester sessions of classes. Students will be able to engage with their courses anywhere and anytime as the content will be made available online and through video lectures. Students also have the option to attend in-person lectures with instructors one Saturday a month. During the summer semester, four-week online-only classes will be offered. Accelerated Degree is an offering from the Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement.

Motivation for innovation: Recent UW-Green Bay alumnus promotes innovation in his students

UW-Green Bay alumnus Zak Lenski ’16 (History) is promoting innovation to his high school students at Kettle Moraine High School in Wales, Wis. Lenski is the school’s only social studies teacher in the KMGlobal School for Global Leadership and Innovation. The program is unique, as is the title “innovation”  in the name of a K-12 school.

Recently, Zak and two of his students attended The Commons Demo Day in Milwaukee to talk about innovative community projects they are doing as part of the curriculum in their school. The Commons Demo Day is an event and celebration that showcases innovative work from local high schools, colleges, businesses and community organizations.

Reminder: Students should register for WiSys Quick Pitch by Monday, Mar. 11

Students should be reminded that they have until Monday, Mar. 11, 2019 to register for WiSys Quick Pitch. Students should explain their research or innovative idea in three minutes and illustrate its community impact for the opportunity to win a cash prize. The WiSys Quick Pitch will take place on Wednesday, Apr. 3, 2019 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the 1965 Room located in UW-Green Bay’s University Union. Learn more.

Innovation in Aging team at work

Team members of the B.E.I.N.G group, Renee DeGrand, Suzanne Stuebs and Kaylan Belfied, had an amazing opportunity to test out their ideas this week with their target users. The group hopes to “enrich the lives of aging populations and enhance social connections” through the usage of interactive games. They were able to test out their hypothesis and have fun in the process as they met with seniors ahed of sharing their results at the Innovation in Aging competition which occurred on Friday, Mar. 1, 2019.

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Kickoff meeting for Innovation in Aging Student Idea Competition is Wednesday (Feb. 6)

Please announce to your students: The kickoff meeting for Innovation in Aging Student Idea Competition will be taking place on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019 at noon for all UW-Green Bay campuses or at 4 p.m. for the Green Bay Campus only. Locations as follows:

Green Bay Campus: IS 1034 at noon and Alumni Room, University Union at 4 p.m.
Manitowoc Campus: noon, F 139
Marinette Campus: noon, L 105
Sheboygan Campus: noon, 2206

Teams are challenged to identify an aging issue and design an innovative solution. Innovations are broadly defined — a product, service, social approach, etc. Teams have the opportunity to the win the $500 first prize, as well as gain experience and network. The competition is on March 1, 2019. For more information, contact Brian Walsh at bwalsh@wisys.orgRegister

Students invited to register for the Innovation in Aging Student Idea Competition

Students are invited to register to compete in the 2019 Innovation in Aging Student Idea Competition that will be held on Friday, Mar. 1, 2019. Kickoff meetings will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019. Students participating in the competition will have the chance to think creativity in order to solve real-world problems, with teams of students being invited to create any type of innovation to address their identified aging issue. For more information, please contact Brian Walsh via bwalsh@wisys.org.

 

TitletownTech applauded by Sen. Robert Cowles

Senator Robert Cowles (R-Green Bay) praises the TitletownTech partnership between Microsoft, the Green Bay Packers, UW-Green Bay and the UW System. After attending the announcement on the project’s details, Sen. Cowles released a statement saying “Northeast Wisconsin is ready to prove that you don’t need to be in Silicon Valley to be in the cutting edge of the new digital world.” He added that TitletownTech will provide support and resources for creative minds in the region to generate innovative digital solutions that will not only benefit the region but the whole nation.

TitletownTech wants to keep young professionals close to home

TitletownTech, a partnership between Microsoft, the Green Bay Packers and UW-Green Bay, attempts to attract and keep young talent in Green Bay. The facility will include a venture studio, innovation lab and a tech fund. Director of Microsoft Tech Spark Mike Egan says the purpose of TitletownTech is to spur up the economy. See the full story from WFRV, including an interview with UWGB student Sallie Petty.