SOMERS — The new online University of Wisconsin Flexible Option bachelor's of science in business administration was named the breakthrough program among the top three most affordable business degree programs in the U.S. by GreatBusinessSchools.org.
Dr. Suresh Chalasani, professor of business at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, the UW institution that hosts the program, calls the Flexible Option “transformative.”
“Before the Flexible Option, business students — especially working professionals — had to find a way to fit their schedules to the class time,” Chalasani said. “The Flexible Option allows students to work at their own pace and gives them credit for existing knowledge. This is truly a transformative educational opportunity.”
The UW Flexible Option provides an alternative to more traditional classroom and online formats. Self-paced Flexible Option programs allow busy adult learners to start their studies in any month and work at their own pace, online, when and where their schedules allow. The University of Wisconsin offers nine Flexible Option degrees and certificates.
“Students earn credit by passing assessments,” said UW-Parkside Provost Dr. Rob Ducoffe. “They’re able to draw upon knowledge acquired through prior course work, military training or career experience to pass assessments more quickly.”
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The GBS website describes an affordable, online business degree as a game-changer for working adults. The UW Flexible Option business administration degree is the only degree of its kind in an AASCB-accredited business school.
“Less than 5% of business programs worldwide have earned the prestigious AACSB accreditation,” said Dr. Dirk Baldwin, dean of the UW-Parkside college of business, economics and computing.
To help students earn their degree faster, UW-Parkside faculty have intentionally designed an integrated curriculum to eliminate unnecessary redundancies that may be found in other programs. Students also have the opportunity to work closely with faculty and academic success coaches. “In the ever-changing world of business, UW-Parkside faculty keep pace with industry trends through research, working with local businesses and consulting," said Baldwin.