The state's newest and oldest universities are teaming up. A new partnership between WGU Indiana and Vincennes University will provide opportunities for VU grads and employees.

April 9, 2015

News Release

VINCENNES, Ind. – Vincennes University graduates and employees will benefit from a new partnership between VU and WGU Indiana, the state’s online university. Under the agreement, WGU Indiana will provide enrollment discounts for specific master’s degree programs to VU employees and its graduates in exchange for promotional efforts by VU.

“We believe this partnership will provide expanded opportunities for our students and employees to pursue their educational and professional goals,” said VU Provost Charles Johnson. “As Indiana’s oldest college, we are delighted to partner with Indiana’s youngest, WGU Indiana, to provide these services.”

For VU employees and graduates interested in enrolling in WGU Indiana degree programs, WGU will provide a five percent tuition discount for four academic terms, create a unique URL to link VU employees and graduates to WGU Indiana’s website, and promote this opportunity through publications and quarterly onsite presentations.

“WGU Indiana provides continuing education opportunities to students around the state and we are thrilled to be able to extend these to VU students and staff,” said WGU Indiana Chancellor Allison Barber. “With over 50 accredited online bachelor's and master's degree programs in four distinct colleges we really have something for everyone.” WGU expects an influx of students with Vincennes ties now that the partnership is signed, due in large part to the tuition discount and the potential for VU grads to accelerate their degree schedule thanks to WGU’s competency-based model.

“WGU students, including those in our master’s degree programs, are able to move at a quicker pace than their peers at other institutions because once they’ve demonstrated mastery of a subject they are able to move on in a course. ” added Chancellor Barber.

In addition to their partnership with VU, WGU Indiana maintains credit transfer policies in partnership with community colleges throughout the United States. Additionally, the online university offers tuition discounts to transferring students from several other local universities and offers discounts to employees of corporate partners, including Good Samaritan Hospital. These tuition discounts are available in addition to the more than $200,000 in scholarships reserved for WGU Indiana students.About VINCENNES UNIVERSITY – Indiana’s First College

VU is state-supported with campuses in Vincennes and Jasper and additional sites such as Indianapolis and the Gibson County Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Logistics. VU also offers instruction at military sites throughout the nation.

In addition to offering 200 associate degree and certificate programs, VU also offers bachelor’s degree programs in technology, homeland security, nursing, secondary education programs in mathematics and science, and special education/elementary education.

VU enrolls students from throughout Indiana, 28 other states, and 30 countries. Tuition and fees are the lowest among Indiana campuses with residence halls. VU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Founded in 1801, VU is Indiana’s first college and is the only college in the nation founded by an individual who would later become President of the United States. William Henry Harrison, the ninth U.S. President, founded VU while serving as governor of the Indiana Territory. More information is available at WGU Indiana

WGU Indiana is the state’s nonprofit, online university. Using a competency-based model that allows students to accelerate at their own pace and curriculum developed with input from leading employers, WGU Indiana offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Business, Education, Information Technology and Healthcare Professions, including Nursing. WGU Indiana has awarded 2,100 degrees and has more than 4,200 students currently enrolled. In 2012, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education recognized WGU Indiana and its Reaching Higher, Achieving More agenda for its excellence in academic quality. The university was also recognized as one of Fast Company’s 50 Most Innovative Companies of 2013.

In 2014, WGU’s secondary teacher preparation program ranked first among

2,400 schools for quality by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ ). According to a study conducted by Gallup in 2014, WGU graduates are more likely than those from other U.S. universities to have the jobs they want, feel engaged at work, and have an emotional attachment to their alma maters.

Source: Vincennes University, WGU Indiana

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