Associate degree will count towards bachelor’s degree at UW-Waukesha

Freeman Staff

July 11, 2014

WAUKESHA - Students who have earned any associate degree from a Wisconsin technical college can now apply that degree towards a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha.

The new option was announced by UW-Waukesha’s CEO and dean, Harry Muir. Applications for fall enrollment are now open.

Any Wisconsin technical college associate degree will count as the first 60 credits towards the 120 minimum credits needed for the BAAS degree. In the past, only an Associate of Arts and Science degree from UW-Waukesha or an equivalent liberal arts college degree was accepted.

“As people move up in their careers, they often find they need a bachelor’s degree to advance to the next level,” Muir said in a press release. “The BAAS is designed for those individuals. They can build on an associate degree they already have and don’t have to start over.”

The BAAS degree focuses on the skills employers say they want, including information processing, working in teams, and communication skills. In addition to classroom learning, the degree includes a strong component of community involvement and practical experience.

The program was designed for people who have jobs and families and want to earn a degree close to home, according to the press release. Classes are taught both in-person and online by faculty from UW-Waukesha, UW-Parkside and other UW campuses.

Anyone interested in applying for the BAAS degree should contact BAAS Coordinator Kathleen Folbrecht as 262-521-5201.