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Governor launches new online university in TN

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Governor Haslam launched a new online university Tuesday.

Western Governor's University Tennessee is an online based university aimed at expanding access to higher education for Tennesseans.

"WGU Tennessee will give adult students with some college credits the opportunity to earn a degree," Haslam said.  "Today in Tennessee, only 32 percent of our citizens have a two-year degree or higher, and our goal is to raise that number to 55 percent by 2025.  We're calling it the 'Drive to 55,' and WGU Tennessee will play an important role in our success."

WGU was created with working adults in mind who want to complete a bachelor's or master's degree.

WGU Tennessee offers accredited bachelor's and master's degree programs in business, K-12 teacher education, information technology, and health professions, including nursing. WGU Tennessee was created through a partnership between the state of Tennessee and nationally recognized Western Governors University.

Instead of earning degrees based on credit hours or time spent in class, students are required to demonstrate competency in degree subject matter. They advance by writing papers, completing assignments, and passing exams that demonstrate their knowledge of required subject matter.

Tuition is approximately $6,000 per year for most degree programs, regardless of how many courses a student completes.

After initial startup, WGU Tennessee will be self-sustaining on tuition with no ongoing funding from the state.

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