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

University of Wisconsin System president Ray Cross (Photo courtesy UW System)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- University of Wisconsin 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 Thursday to amend the merger to let a four-year campus issue the online degree and let him pick that school.

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