In recent years the big topic in higher education has been the movement toward offering classes online. But the University of Wisconsin is taking things one step further.
Now, educators in Wisconsin are offering a possible solution by decoupling the learning part of education from student assessment and degree-granting.
Wisconsin officials tout the UW Flexible Option as the first to offer multiple, competency-based bachelor’s degrees from a public university system. Officials encourage students to complete their education independently through online courses, which have grown in popularity through efforts by companies such as Coursera, edX and Udacity.
No classroom time is required under the Wisconsin program except for clinical or practicum work for certain degrees.
So you will be able to get a college degree just by taking a series of tests. And not just any college degree, one from a prestigious state school, the University of Wisconsin.