According to Money Magazine, several top tier universities are beginning to offer credits towards a degree through competency-based testing. If you know the material, should it matter if you learned by sitting in a lecture, reading a book, or taking a free online course? The University of Wisconsin seems to be a leader in this progressive thinking, along with U of Mich, U of Texas system, and Purdue. Frankly, I’m a little surprised that these middle-of-the-country bastions of academia are on the forefront of what I think is a great idea. But it shows that the coasts aren’t always leading progress. If more institutions put students first, this would help slow the skyrocketing costs of college degrees.