Western Governors University at Texas

The wave WGU has been riding lately keeps surging.  I think that a lot of what Western Governors does is good.  But the fact that states are outsourcing their adults students to WGU is an indictment for local institutions.  They could have captured this market but ignored it.  From The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Western Governors University Gets a New Spinoff, in Texas
Gov. Rick Perry of Texas signed an order today creating a new online university affiliated with Western Governors University, to be called WGU Texas. The move is the third state spinoff of Western Governors: Indiana created one last year, and Washington chartered one in April.

Texas was among the original founders of Western Governors University, which was created in 1997 by leaders of 19 states. Back then, Texas’s governor was George W. Bush.

The new institution will exist in name only: Students enrolling in WGU Texas will be taught by existing professors from the national Western Governors and will use the same curriculum. WGU gets no new money from Texas as a result of the agreement.

WGU sees the announcement as an important marketing boost, however. “It adds a lot of credibility when the state comes out and says, We endorse this institution. It’s  high quality,” says Joan Mitchell, director of public relations for Western Governors University. Since Indiana created its similar spinoff, WGU’s enrollment in the state has increased from 260 to 1,400, says Ms. Mitchell.

Students in Indiana do get one important benefit from WGU Indiana: They can now use state grants to help pay for WGU tuition.
But students in the Lone Star State will not be able to use Texas grants for WGU tuition, says Ms. Mitchell.


Cara in Texas said…
I have been attending WGU for almost two years now and begin my student teaching next week. I have been very happy with the education I have received from them and am glad that they are getting more recognition.
Being a military spouse, going through WGU was the only way for me to further my education and I am pleased that it has been time and money well spent.
Alexander Bain said…
Fantastic job right here.

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