Online Tenn. university surpasses 2,000 students

Jane Roberts, The Memphis Commercial Appeal 

WGU Tennessee, the nonprofit, online university that is part of Gov. Bill Haslam’s Drive to 55 Initiative, has enrolled more than 2,000 adults in the state since it started in July 2013.

WGU Tennessee, created through a partnership between the state of Tennessee and Western Governors University, allows students to take unlimited courses for a flat fee each semester.

When the program launched, it had 57 enrollees in Shelby County. Today, 218 residents of the county are enrolled, according to WGU Tennessee. More than 85 county residents have completed their degrees in the program. The most popular major is business, said Morey Hill, spokesman.

By May, WGU Tennessee expects to have granted more than 1,000 degrees to state residents.

It offers accredited bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in business, information technology, K-12 teacher education, and health professions, including nursing. Students work at their own pace, completing courses and earning their degrees by demonstrating their mastery of subject matter. The average student completes a bachelor’s degree in 2½ years. For more information, call 855-948-8495.

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