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August 4, 2014 at 5:00 AM

New UW provost may expand online classes for working adults

Rovy Branon. Photo courtesy University of Washington

Rovy Branon. Photo courtesy University of Washington

An educator who helped develop the University of Wisconsin’s program that allows working adults to earn college degrees online will lead a similar department at the University of Washington.

Rovy Branon has been chosen to become vice provost for UW Educational Outreach, the arm of the university that offers continuing education for professionals, as well as degree programs that allow students with some college credits to finish their degrees online at the UW.

Branon comes from the University of Wisconsin-Extension, where he led the development of that school’s Flexible Option program, a competency-based online degree program that gives students credit for skills they have learned in previous jobs. He also helped develop eCampus, a gateway to online degree programs throughout the University of Wisconsin system.

Is that a signal that the UW will continue to expand its online offerings for working adults who want to finish their bachelor’s degrees? Perhaps.

The UW’s Educational Outreach department “has always had a strong access, and there are many highly talented people in this country without a college degree who could profit from more education,” said UW Provost Ana Mari Cauce in an email. “I would not be surprised to see further expansion in this area,” she said, noting that Branon’s vision is even broader than that.

Branon replaces David Szatmary, who is retiring. His annual salary will be $219,000.

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