Indiana Reports Promising First-year Marks, 6/9/11
News Brief - 6/9/11
WGU Indiana reports promising first-year marks
INDIANAPOLIS WGU Indiana, the non-profit, online university established by executive order from Gov. Mitch Daniels in June, 2010, celebrated its first full year of existence Saturday, June 11. And while the university is just beginning to impact the state’s higher education landscape, it does have good marks to report, including:
- 1,300 students as of May 1, 2011
- 101 WGU employees in Indiana
- 53 online, competency-based degrees offered by WGU Indiana
- 95% of employers surveyed rate WGU graduates as equal to or better than graduates of other universities
- 2.5 years is the average time to complete a WGU Indiana bachelor’s degree
“We started WGU Indiana to give working Hoosiers a great opportunity to obtain an affordable, accessible, high-quality online degree that meets the highest academic and professional standards,” said Gov. Daniels. “We’re pleased to see the progress being made, yet there is significant opportunity for further growth.”
WGU Indiana Chancellor Allison Barber agrees. “Steady student enrollment increases and the amount of overall interest we’ve received show a clear need for our online education model,” said Barber. “We plan to build on this momentum and reach even more students who want to complete their degrees, as well as college graduates who want to go further and earn a master’s degree. Our flexible, affordable approach makes this possible for busy, working adults.”
The Lumina Foundation estimates that more than 730,000 Hoosiers have some college experience but did not receive a degree. WGU Indiana’s average student is 36 years old, and the university targets this population by offering competency-based programs tailored to individual needs.
WGU Indiana offers more than 50 accredited, online, competency-based degree programs in high-demand career fields including business, information technology, teacher education and health professions, including nursing. Each WGU Indiana student is partnered with a faculty mentor who provides one-on-one coaching, guidance and support from enrollment through graduation.
"WGU Indiana provides the resources and structure appropriate for adult learners,” said Barber. “We look at what a person needs to be competent in the job they seek. And if they already know certain content, they have the opportunity to receive credit and move on to more advanced courses, which is why our average student graduates in 2 ½ years with a bachelor’s degree. There is clear evidence that this educational model works, so we remain focused on changing more lives in year two and beyond.”
WGU Indiana tuition is charged at a flat rate for six-month terms, not per credit hour or semester. Tuition for most programs is $2,890 per term and students can choose to take as many courses as they feel they can complete during the term.
“After attending two other online universities and made to feel like I was totally on my ownexperiencing numerous technical problems and administrative difficultiesthe experience with WGU Indiana has been absolutely amazing,” said Judy Ward, a student currently pursuing her master’s degree in education learning and technology. “WGU Indiana is an online university with a face-to-face, personalized feel. The mentoring and personal attention given to each student at WGU Indiana is a huge contributor to the successful completion of a degree.”
Interested students can visit www.indiana.wgu.edu or call (877) 214-7014 for more information.