New Fast Path to a Degree

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.

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