UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
May 15, 2020 – UW-River Falls is one of seven University of Wisconsin System campuses now offering an online associate degree program in collaboration with UW Extended Campus. The UW Associate of Arts and Sciences degree program was recently accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is available through UW-Eau Claire, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Parkside, UW-River Falls, UW-Stevens Point, and UW-Whitewater. Applications are now being accepted for the accredited associate degree program, launching in September 2020.
This new 60-credit degree serves as the educational foundation for many bachelor’s programs within the UW System and at other four-year institutions and supports the goals of enhanced system-wide access and transferability of general education courses toward a degree to satisfy prerequisite course requirements or to supplement study.
“The associate degree complements our growing portfolio of bachelor’s and master’s degree programs and expands our ability to meet the broad range of educational needs in Wisconsin and beyond,” said Aaron Brower, executive director of UW Extended Campus. “This program takes great advantage of the UW’s ability to offer high-quality education as a whole state system. They’re fantastic additions to the UW’s growing array of online programs."
The associate degree program provides degree-seeking students with a broad liberal arts background and satisfies the general education requirements, and other prerequisites, at UW campus schools and most other four-year institutions. The associate degree program provides students with an online option that can reduce their time to graduation.
“With the new online associate degree, we are able to provide access to general education to students unable to attend courses on campus, fulfilling the UW System’s mission,” said George Kroeninger, chief academic officer of UW Extended Campus. “This degree allows on-campus students the chance to earn required credits to shorten their time to degree.”
The program joins a growing list of flexible online degree and certificate programs designed for adult learners that is offered in partnership with UW Extended Campus and UW System campus partners.
About UW Extended Campus
The University of Wisconsin is one of the largest and most widely respected public higher education systems in the country. UW Extended Campus (https://uwex.wisconsin.edu/) partners with all UW System campuses to offer online degrees and certificates, as well as continuing education and lifelong learning opportunities. Through UW Extended Campus, people of Wisconsin and beyond can access university resources and engage in online learning, wherever they live and work—fulfilling the promise of the Wisconsin Idea.