Welcome WGU Tennessee

Governor Haslam announces new Tennessee higher education institution.

State of the state address
But even with this progress, we still have a lot of work ahead of us.  Only 32 percent of Tennesseans have earned an associates’ degree or higher.  That’s not good enough.  Our goal is to move the needle so that Tennessee is on track to raise that number to 55 percent by 2025.
Tonight we begin our “drive to 55” – a strategic initiative to have the best trained workforce in America.

To do that, we must improve affordability and access in higher education.  To help us achieve this goal, we’re partnering with Western Governors University to establish “WGU Tennessee.” It is an online, competency-based university that is geared to the 800,000 adult Tennesseans that have some college credit but didn’t graduate with an associate or four-year degree.  The program is unique because of its competency-based curriculum but also because of an emphasis on mentors who guide those adults through the academic process. 


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