Model online school gets big gift from Gates Foundation

Boosting financial support for nontraditional colleges and universities while the economy remains mired in high unemployment, Pennington said, should be a priority for any organization looking to help people earn an education.

“In these tough economic times, it is more important than ever to support students who are juggling jobs and families while trying to make a better life for themselves,” she said.

A partnership with the nationally-accredited WGU would mean the state’s students could transfer course credits from the university to other state institutions.

Students attending WGU subsidiaries also could use state-issued grants and scholarships at the school if lawmakers agree to team up with WGU.

WGU’s online offerings have also been lauded for its flexibility.

WGU students can enroll at the start of any month—not just the start of a semester in August or January—and enroll in any number of courses for the six-months terms.

That has translated to an accelerated education for many WGU Indiana students, who graduate from the institution in two and a half years, according to the school’s website.

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