By Caroline Porter
Travis Turauski, a 34-year-old commercial roofer in Wisconsin, received a letter last year that offered him an incredible-sounding deal—an associate degree without having to crack open another book.
"At first I didn't know if it was real or whatever," says Mr. Turauski. "You get a lot of junk mail these days."
The University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point was writing to tell Mr. Turauski that he was among 228 former students who had left the school without earning a bachelor's degree but who met the requirements for an associate degree. All he had to do was say yes.