- Associated Press - Friday, June 10, 2016

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - University of Wisconsin System regents have approved a plan to allow their adult education arm to offer a business administration bachelor’s degree online.

The Board of Regents approved the degree Friday at UW-Milwaukee.

UW-Extension will offer the degree through the Flexible Option program, which allows adult students to earn credits by demonstrating real-life experience.

The degree will be the first bachelor’s degree UW-Extension has offered. Enrollment is expected to begin in December.

Extension officials are still pursuing accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission as a degree-granting institution, however. Full accreditation is anticipated by fiscal year 2022-23. Without accreditation, enrollees won’t be eligible for state or federal financial aid.

Extension spokeswoman Jackie Askins says the degree is still valuable without accreditation since it comes from the University of Wisconsin.

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