Earlier this year, Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) Chancellor John Carey signed approval documents for Western Governors University (WGU) that authorize the nonprofit, online university to establish its eighth state affiliate, WGU-Ohio.
Chancellor Carey joined Ohio business and education leaders as well as leaders from WGU, including President Scott D. Pulsipher and newly appointed Chancellor Dr. Rebecca L. Watts, at the Ohio Statehouse to announce the partnership.
Watts, who previously served as Associate Vice Chancellor at the Ohio Department of Higher Education, will lead WGU-Ohio and will be supported by an advisory board that will include senior business, community, and higher education leaders from across the state.
During her speech, Watts (pictured right) spoke about the obstacles she faced when she was a student working full-time, and how WGU would have helped her tremendously by offering students great opportunities to eliminate some of the barriers and obstacles to postsecondary education.
“It’s making postsecondary education change your life, as opposed to being able to have postsecondary education be incorporated into the fabric of your life,” Watts said.
WGU’s affordability and online, competency-based learning model provide another option for busy adults to earn a degree as they balance work and family responsibilities. WGU has programs in four main areas: business, education, information technology, and health professions.
Currently, WGU serves over 91,000 students nationwide, and 2,179 in Ohio alone. Undergraduate tuition is $3,190 per six-month semester, and has an annual cost of $6,380, for as many competencies as a student can achieve in that time frame.
ODHE Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Stephanie Davidson said, “Western Governors University is a wonderful option for working adults who aim to complete their degree through virtual study while continuing their careers and gaining greater competencies and opportunities for growth. For most working adults, life goes on uninterrupted with enrollment in Western Governors University. Ohio’s endorsement of Western Governors University will help with visibility for this option.”
Chancellor Carey’s endorsement of WGU-Ohio on behalf of the Ohio Department of Higher Education was authorized by the Ohio General Assembly and signed by Governor John R. Kasich on June 30, 2017. Programmatic approvals by the Department of Higher Education were signed by the Chancellor on February 22, 2018.
For more information on WGU-Ohio, visit https://www.wgu.edu/ohio.html.