New Moraine Park, UWO and UWWC collaboration offers increased access to four-year degrees

by admin8. February 2009 19:00

Beginning in fall 2009, Washington County residents will have another option to earn a bachelor’s degree. In an agreement with the University of Wisconsin–Washington County (UW–WC) and Moraine Park Technical College, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (UWO) will offer a Bachelor of Applied Studies (BAS) degree at the Moraine Park and UWWC campuses in West Bend.

 Moraine Park, UWO and UWWC leaders sign the BAS agreement.

“It is especially important in our current economic times to encourage students to go on to obtain their four-year degree,” said UW Oshkosh Interim Provost E. Alan Hartman. “The collaboration allows students to have greater access to a four-year degree through the two strong educational institutes in Washington County. We are committed to providing new local avenues of entry for Wisconsin’s college-bound. We want to make sure students have readily available access to a four-year degree.”


UW–Washington County Dean and Campus Executive Officer David L. Nixon, Moraine Park President Gayle Hytrek and Dr. Hartman signed the pact on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at Moraine Park’s West Bend campus.


“This is the first time three of Wisconsin’s higher education systems have come together with this type of an agreement in the state,” said Dr. Hytrek of Moraine Park. “It provides our students with a clear pathway from technical college to a bachelor's degree. This agreement helps us to fulfill our students’ dreams of obtaining a bachelor's degree.”


Dr. Nixon of UW–WC noted the collaboration is especially beneficial to nontraditional students. “Its flexibility allows students in Washington County to pursue a four-year degree without having to leave the county,” he said.


UW–WC and Moraine Park students can earn credits toward both their associate and bachelor’s degrees simultaneously. With an emphasis in Leadership and Organizational Studies, UWO’s BAS program is designed specifically to serve adult nontraditional students and is delivered at Moraine Park via technology, at UW–WC and online. Students can earn their associate degree at a Moraine Park campus and then attend classes at UW–WC to fulfill the general education course requirements necessary to earn their bachelor’s degree through UWO.


Interested persons can find out more about this bachelor’s degree opportunity by attending one of three collaborative degree events. Advisors will be available to answer questions at Moraine Park on Tuesday, March 10, at 8 a.m. at the Fond du Lac campus; Tuesday, March 10, at 1 p.m. at the Beaver Dam campus; and on Wednesday, March 11, at 8 a.m. at the West Bend campus.


Applications are now being accepted to the Bachelors of Applied Studies program at UW Oshkosh by logging on to For more information on this program or to talk to an advisor, contact Kelly Hudson at (800) INFO-UWO or 


For information about programs and services at UW–Washington County, contact the UW–WC office of
Student Services at (262) 335-5201 or visit


For more information about programs and services at Moraine Park, call 1-800-472-4554 or visit