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Wisconsin Universities, Accredited Colleges, and Degrees

All colleges in Wisconsin are overseen by the State of Wisconsin Higher Educational Aids Board. This board has several purposes. First, it is the state's source for financial aid and maintains all financial assistance programs in the state, including scholarships and financial aid programs. Second, it provides state residents with important information regarding higher education, such as tuition information. Third, the board makes and recommends policies and other regulations in the state as they relate to higher education.

Accredited Colleges & Universities in Wisconsin

There are 72 four-year, postsecondary schools in Wisconsin. The largest of them are the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Meanwhile, one of the top colleges in Wisconsin is the Milwaukee School of Engineering. It opened its doors in 1903 and is located in downtown Milwaukee. All six of its undergraduate colleges relate to science, technology, business, health care, and engineering. The university offers both undergraduate and graduate program options. U.S. News and World Report recognizes the Milwaukee School of Engineering for its undergraduate engineering programs and ranks the school No. 19 among the best universities in the Midwest.

Wisconsin engages in higher education initiatives to boost its students' retention and success rates as well their access to higher education. One such initiative is through its membership with the Midwestern Higher Education Compact. Through this compact, colleges and universities in Wisconsin are enabled to be participants in the compact's Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange (CSRDE) program, which gives schools access to retention data and techniques. Meanwhile, the University of Wisconsin system does its part to give the state's residents access to higher education through distance education. All schools within the UW system offer students the option of more than 100 online degree programs and more than 1,000 online courses.

Accredited Community Colleges in Wisconsin

There are 53 junior colleges in Wisconsin. The National Center for Education Statistics reports that the largest of all of the technical colleges in Wisconsin is the Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) while University of Wisconsin Colleges (UWC) are the largest community colleges in the state. Many community colleges, including MATC and UWC, now offer online options for students who need distance education options. MATC offers both online courses and interactive television (ITV) courses to its students. Meanwhile, UWC Online enables students to earn their Associate of Science or Associate of Arts degrees completely online.

One initiative in Wisconsin positively affecting community college access and affordability was enacted through Northeast Wisconsin Technical College's (NWTC) participation in the nationwide Plus 50 project. This program is unique in that it concentrates its efforts on students who are 50 and older. Its goal is to provide those in this age group with information about community colleges that offer the programs that will enable them to gain the skills necessary to be competitive in today's job market. As such, the Plus 50 program works by encouraging community colleges across the nation to develop or expand community college programs that are geared towards those 50 and older.

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