updated: 10/8/2012 10:31:23 PM
WGU Indiana has hit another milestone. The nonprofit online university says it has enrolled its 3,000th student. The announcement comes as the school prepares to honor its third graduating class during an October 20 commencement ceremony.
October 8, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS (October 8, 2012) – Indiana’s eighth state university, WGU Indiana, recently reached the milestone of enrolling its 3,000th student. In just its third year of operation, WGU Indiana has had students or graduates from every county in the state and enrollment has doubled in more than half the counties since last year.
“WGU Indiana gives working Hoosiers a great opportunity to obtain an affordable, accessible, high-quality online degree that meets the highest professional standards,” said Governor Mitch Daniels. “The overwhelming success of WGU Indiana over such a short period shows that many adult Hoosiers are searching for a way to complete their college education while balancing family life and careers. WGU Indiana will continue to fill the most challenging gap in our family of higher education opportunities and we look forward to seeing many more Hoosiers enroll in this great institution.”
WGU Indiana Chancellor Allison Barber agreed. “As I have traveled to every corner of this state, I have been reminded of the challenges working adults have in pursuing an affordable college degree. The need is great. In fact, according to the Lumina Foundation, Indiana has more than 740,000 adults with some college, but no degree. So, the good news is that 3,000 students have already discovered that we’re here to help them finish what they started years ago. And the great news is that our scalable model allows us to provide education to all Hoosiers who are ready to excel and go further in their pursuit of a degree.”
In WGU Indiana’s competency-based model, students are supported by a mentor throughout their degree program. They also enjoy free text books, further lightening the financial load of pursuing an advanced degree. WGU Indiana recently announced a hold on tuition at only $2,890 per six-month term, or $5,780 per year, for most programs. Students are eligible for both state and federal financial aid, as well as a number of scholarship programs in all degree areas.
For more information on the state’s nonprofit, online university, visit the WGU Indiana website at indiana.wgu.edu or call 877-214-7014.
About WGU Indiana
WGU Indiana has been established by the State of Indiana as a nonprofit, online, competency-based university to expand access to higher education for Indiana residents. Formed through a partnership with Western Governors University, WGU Indiana offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Business, Education, Information Technology and Healthcare Professions, including Nursing. In 2012, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education recognized WGU Indiana in its Reaching Higher, Achieving More agenda for the university’s excellence in academic quality.
Source: WGU Indiana