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Gov. Walker responds to new flexible degree option programs

MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Governor Scott Walker says he looks forward to the development of more UW System flexible degree option programs.

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee will be the first school in the UW System to offer a so-called flexible degree, in which students will be able to earn college credit for knowledge already gained through work or life experience. UW-Milwaukee will begin offering degree programs this fall in nursing, diagnostic imaging and information science, as well as a certificate program in communications.

Walker's entire statement is below:

"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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