Background and Mission
- WGU Indiana has been established by the state of Indiana as an online, competency-based university to expand access to higher education for Indiana residents.
- The university offers more than 50 online, competency-based degree programs in high-demand career fields including Business, Information Technology, Teacher Education, and Health Professions, including Nursing.
- The state has partnered with Western Governors University to establish WGU Indiana, a new option in higher education for Indiana residents.
- WGU Indiana was established by Executive Order 10-04 on June 11, 2010.
- The mission of WGU Indiana is to expand access to affordable higher education for Indiana residents through online, competency-based degree programs that address key workforce needs.
- WGU Indiana is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Western Governors University, which was founded in 1997 by 19 U.S. governors to expand access to higher education through online, competency-based degree programs. Today, Western Governors University is a national university with more than 40,000 students from all 50 U.S. states.
- Nonprofit but self-sustaining on tuition, WGU Indiana provides new educational opportunities for Indiana residents without ongoing state subsidy.
Accessibility and Affordability
- WGU Indiana’s online, competency-based model makes college possible for working adults who may not be able to travel to a campus. It also provides them the flexibility they need to complete their studies while they meet work and family obligations.
- WGU Indiana tuition is charged at a flat rate for six-month terms, not per credit hour or semester.
- Students may begin their terms at the first of any month.
- WGU Indiana matriculated its first students in August 2010.
- WGU Indiana is an approved education provider for Indiana state grants and scholarships offered through the State Student Assistance Commission of Indiana (SSACI).
- Because WGU Indiana is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Western Governors University, WGU Indiana students may qualify for federal financial aid.
- WGU Indiana has established an articulation agreement with Ivy Tech that allows students to transfer to WGU Indiana seamlessly, making it possible to continue their studies and finish their bachelor’s degrees.
- Graduates of Ivy Tech are eligible for a 5 percent tuition discount and waiver of application fees.
- WGU Indiana uses a competency-based, mentor-guided model that requires students to demonstrate their knowledge rather than spending time in a classroom.
- Each WGU student is assigned a faculty member personally dedicated to them: a Program Mentor, whose job is to help guide and motivate the student the entire time they are in the program.
- The Program Mentors provide instruction, guidance, and support through every aspect of the student’s progress through the degree program.
- Learning resources, which include textbooks, webinars, simulations, and online tutorials, have been developed by third party sources and are reviewed by councils comprised of industry representatives to ensure that they are relevant to employers’ needs.
- Degrees are granted under the current accreditation of Western Governors University, which is regionally accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).
- Teachers College programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
- The bachelor’s and master’s nursing degree programs at WGU are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791).
- The Health Informatics program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
Governance and Indiana Operations
- WGU Indiana has an office in Indianapolis located at 10 West Market Street, Suite 1020, Indianapolis, IN 46204.
- WGU Indiana is led by Chancellor Allison Barber, who is based in the university’s Indiana office. The Chancellor reports to Western Governors University President Scott Pulsipher.
- WGU Indiana works under the guidance of an Advisory Board comprised of corporate, community, and education leaders in the state. WGU Indiana Advisory Board members are:
- Cindy Adams, Chief Nursing Officer, St. Vincent Health
- Vincent Bertram, President & CEO, Project Lead The Way (PTLW)
- Todd Bess, Executive Director, Indiana Association of School Principals (IASP)
- Carol D’Amico, Executive Vice President, Mission Advancement and Philanthropy, Strada Education Network
- Kathy Davis, Owner, Davis Design Group and former Lt. Governor of Indiana
- Gerry Dick, President, Grow Indiana Media Ventures LLC
- Sue Ellspermann, President, Ivy Tech Community College and former Lt. Governor of Indiana
- Karen Freeman-Wilson, Mayor, Gary
- Michael Langellier, President & CEO, Techpoint
- Jamie Merisotis, President & CEO, Lumina Foundation for Education
- Ron Stiver, President, System Clinical Services, IU Health