MADISON — UW System President Ray Cross wants to tweak his plan to merge the system’s two- and four-year schools to let a four-year institution issue online degrees.
The Board of Regents adopted a Cross proposal last month to make two-year schools regional branches of the four-years. 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 today to amend the merger to let a four-year campus issue the online degree and let him pick that school.