The University of Wisconsin-Superior and Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College have partnered to offer flexible, online University Transfer Degree Associate to Bachelor's programs. The new partnership, which was officially recognized May 26, allows students to combine classes from both WITC and UWS to earn either an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree from WITC.

"Although students will technically be attending classes between two different colleges, the admission process is student-focused and relatively seamless,” said Pam Brunclik, WITC dean of academic programs. “Students work through WITC for the admissions and financial aid processes, and due to the partnership agreement parameters, no entrance exams and little or no placement exams are necessary to take classes at UW-Superior. Collaborative advisement helps students choose the best courses to complete their degree based on their chosen career path.”

WITC’s University Transfer Degree–Associate to Bachelor’s programs are designed to prepare students to enter baccalaureate programs at junior status by completing their general education requirements. Upon successful completion of either of the programs, qualified graduates are guaranteed transfer to UWS, with the option to transfer to many other universities. Graduates are able to transfer up to 72 credits.

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Students in the University Transfer Degree programs can do their classes from anywhere through either online or online live classes. With online live classes, students join into a live class virtually at a scheduled time to interact with their instructor and classmates, whereas online classes provide structured deadlines for assignments as well as flexibility due to no scheduled class time.

The two schools have a long-standing partnership and already have numerous articulation agreements in place for degrees in nursing, human services associate, financial services, early childhood education, business management and accounting.

In order to complete the University Transfer-Associate to Bachelor’s/Arts or University Transfer-Associate to Bachelor’s/Science degree conferred by WITC, students will be taking courses from both colleges to fulfill the program requirements.

The new programs are an attempt to increase access to higher education in Northwest Wisconsin, which lags behind the state average in attainment rate, the number of people age 25-64 with an educational credential beyond a high school diploma. While the state average is 53%, the attainment rate in Northwest Wisconsin is 38%, according to the Lumina Foundation.

"By making higher education accessible in the communities we serve by providing these degree programs in online and online live deliveries, more people have the opportunity to begin their education from where they are now in a way that wasn’t available prior to this partnership," Brunclik said.