News Brief - 5/11/15
The state’s online university partners with retail giant to provide higher education to employees
INDIANAPOLIS WGU Indiana, the state’s online university, has signed an agreement with The Finish Line, Inc., a leading athletic retailer, to provide tuition discounts to their team members.
Under terms of the new agreement, Finish Line Inc. employees will receive a five percent tuition discount at WGU Indiana for up to four six-month terms. The discount applies to both master’s and bachelor’s degree programs.
“At Finish Line, our team members maintain a standard of excellence that mirrors WGU Indiana’s model,” said Melissa Greenwell, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. “We believe offering a pathway to continuing education and ongoing talent development with a quality institution will only enhance that standard.”
“At WGU Indiana, we appreciate Finish Line’s commitment to excellence and quality because we live by the same standards,” said Allison Barber, chancellor of WGU Indiana. “This partnership is the right fit for a team of employees who are looking to further their career, and their lives.”
Tuition at WGU Indiana has not increased since its inception in 2010 and is charged at a flat rate of $6,000 a year. Scholarships are also available for all four colleges. WGU Indiana’s innovative, competency-based education mode measures learning rather than the time a student spends in a classroom seat. Students earn their degrees by demonstrating mastery of subject matter, completing coursework online at any time convenient to their lives. Designed to meet the needs of adult learners, competency-based education allows students to take advantage of prior learning and experience to move quickly through material they already know so they can focus on what they still need to learn.
About The Finish Line, Inc.
The Finish Line, Inc. is a premium retailer of athletic shoes, apparel and accessories. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Finish Line has approximately 1,020 Finish Line branded locations primarily in U.S. malls and shops inside Macy’s department stores and employs more than 14,000 sneakerologists who help customers every day connect with their sport, their life and their style. Online shopping is available at www.finishline.com and www.macys.com. Mobile shopping is available at m.finishline.com. Follow Finish Line on Twitter at Twitter.com/FinishLine and “like” Finish Line on Facebook at Facebook.com/FinishLine. Track loyalty points and find store and product information with the free Finish Line app downloadable for iOS and Android customers.
Finish Line also operates the Running Specialty Group. This includes 76 specialty running stores in 17 states and the District of Columbia under The Running Company, Run On!, Blue Mile, Boulder Running Company, Roncker’s Running Spot, Running Fit, VA Runner, Capital RunWalk, Richmond RoadRunner, Garry Gribble’s Running Sports, Run Colorado, Raleigh Running Outfitters, Striders, Indiana Running Company and JackRabbit Sports banners. More information is available at www.run.com or www.boulderrunningcompany.com.