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Your Views: Rep. Loudenbeck supports higher education initiatives

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June 25, 2014

The benefits of education after high school are numerous. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, increased educational achievement is directly correlated to higher earnings and a lower likelihood of unemployment. I have supported several initiatives undertaken during the most recent legislative session to help make higher education more flexible, accessible and affordable.

Earlier this month, the UW System and the Wisconsin Technical College System signed the Universal Transfer Agreement, which allows students to transfer up to 48 core general education credits between the two systems starting July 1. The agreement lowers costs by allowing students to start at technical colleges, where tuition costs are lower, and finish their bachelor’s degrees at  four-year universities.

The UW Flex Option is a new, innovative program through the UW System and UW Extension. It allows for a more personalized and convenient way for adults and nontraditional students to earn degrees while balancing other aspects of their busy lives.

Additionally, for the first time in the history of the UW System, a two-year tuition freeze was enacted. This was accomplished during the 2013-2015 state budget, and it is very likely that another tuition freeze will be considered in the 2015-2017 state budget.

These initiatives provide needed predictability, flexibility and affordability for students and their families.

REP. AMY LOUDENBECK

R-Clinton



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