Flash flood watch for most of SE Wisconsin from Friday evening through 7 a.m. Saturday

UW’s Cross wants 4-year school to handle online degrees

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

MADISON — University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross wants to tweak his plan to merge the system’s 2- and 4-year schools to let a 4-year institution issue online degrees.

The Board of Regents adopted a Cross proposal last month to make 2-year schools regional branches of the 4-year schools. The plan called for system administration to issue online associate degrees rather than UW Colleges Online and the Flex Option program.

But UW staff wrote in a memo to the regents that the Higher Learning Commission says only institutions accredited as a degree-granting authority can offer such an online degree. System administration lacks such accreditation.

Cross plans to ask the regents Thursday to amend the merger to let a 4-year campus issue the online degree and let him pick that school.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.