- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 8, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The University of Wisconsin’s ongoing adult education arm wants the authority to grant business degrees.

The Board of Regents’ education committee will hear proposed revisions to UW-Extension’s mission statement on Thursday that would allow it to grant business certificates, associate degrees and bachelor’s degrees through the UW System’s Flex Option program, which allows adult students to earn credits by demonstrating real-life experience.

Extension officials say the change would help nontraditional students who need professional degrees delivered through alternative formats. Extension currently doesn’t offer any degrees.

The education committee isn’t expected to take any action Thursday. The next step is a public hearing, followed by a full Board of Regents vote. The whole process is expected to take months.

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