updated: 1/3/2013 12:16:55 PM
WGU Indiana has hit another milestone. The online university says it now has 500 graduates. Chancellor Allison Barber says reaching that target shows how quickly the university has grown and highlights the school's commitment to training Hoosiers for the 21st century economy.
January 3, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS (December 21, 2012) – WGU Indiana, in just its third year as the state’s nonprofit, online university, has graduated its 500th student. With more than 3,000 students currently enrolled in one of WGU Indiana’s more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, Indiana’s eighth state university emphasizes the importance of developing a Hoosier workforce in high-demand career fields, such as Business, Education, Information Technology and Healthcare.
“This milestone of graduating our 500th graduate speaks not only to the growth of our university, but also to our commitment to developing Hoosiers ready to play an active role in our 21st century economy,” WGU Indiana Chancellor Allison Barber said. “It’s been proven time and again that college completion counts, whether it’s to earn a salary increase, qualify for a new job or satisfy a lifelong goal. Because 740,000 Hoosier adults have some college experience and no degree, we’ll continue to offer an affordable, high-quality option for those interested in going further.”
By 2018, more than half the jobs in Indiana will require a college credential. In 2010, only one-third of adults possessed a college degree. Considering the average annual income of someone with a college degree versus someone with only a high school education is $1 million more over the course of a 40-year career, Indiana’s future and the future of its residents depends on graduating more students.
“WGU Indiana continues to be a great example of a university dedicated to developing Indiana’s workforce,” said Gina DelSanto, Chief of Staff at the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. “When Hoosiers are graduating from universities located in Indiana, then staying in Indiana, that spells good things for our state. WGU Indiana’s academic model works, and the university’s first 500 graduates are proving it.”
For more information on WGU Indiana, visit 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.
Degrees are granted under the accreditation of Western Governors University, which is regionally accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) and nationally accredited through the Distance Education and Training Commission (DETC). Teachers College programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and Nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
WGU Indiana is an approved education provider for Indiana state grants and scholarships offered through the State Student Assistance Commission of Indiana (SSACI). In addition, the university has partnered with Ivy Tech to offer graduates who have completed their associate degrees a seamless transfer to complete their bachelor’s degrees at WGU Indiana, including tuition discounts.
Source: WGU Indiana