Gov. Bill Haslam today launched a new online, “competency-based” university he said will help expand access to college for Tennesseans, the Times Free Press reports. The governor was joined by Western Governors University President Robert W. Mendenhall as he signed a memorandum of understanding that officially establishes the university in partnership with WGU, a nonprofit online university created in 1997 by a group of western governors. “We think this is a significant day in the state of Tennessee,” Haslam said during the news conference. There are some 800,000 Tennesseans who have completed some college but have no degree, Haslam said, and WGU Tennessee will be there to offer lower-cost, high quality education.

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