Online universities have popped up everywhere during the past decade, and while each program offers something different, they all appear to have the same goal: getting more nontraditional students to the finish line, DNJ.com reports. Earlier this month, Gov. Bill Haslam launched a competency-based, online university called Western Governors University that looks to increase access to higher education for Tennesseans. He was joined by WGU President Robert W. Mendenhall to sign the memorandum of understanding that officially establishes the university in Tennessee. WGU already had agreements in Indiana, Washington, Texas and Missouri. “WGU Tennessee will give adult students with some college credits the opportunity to earn a degree,” Haslam said in a press release. “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.”

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