Haslam launches new online university

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 3:56pm

Gov. Bill Haslam has launched an online, competency-based university aimed at giving Tennesseans better access to a higher education.

WGU Tennessee was created through a partnership between the state of Tennessee and nationally recognized Western Governors University.

Western Governors University President Robert W. Mendenhall joined Haslam on Tuesday to sign the memorandum of understanding that officially establishes the university in Tennessee.

Officials say it was formed to meet the needs of working adults who are looking to complete a bachelor's or master's degree to advance their careers.

WGU Tennessee offers accredited programs in business, K-12 teacher education, information technology, and health professions, including nursing.

Tuition is about $6,000 a year for most degree programs, regardless of how many courses a student completes.

Kimberly Estep, former vice president for academic affairs and student services at Nashville State Community College, will serve as WGU Tennessee’s first chancellor.

Estep has more than 25 years of experience in higher education as a professor and an administrator. She will be based in WGU Tennessee’s main office in Nashville.

Estep has previously held faculty and administrative positions with Thomas University in Thomasville, Ga., Friends University in Wichita, Kan., and Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga.

 

The City Paper staff contributed to this article

9 Comments on this post:

By: joe41 on 7/9/13 at 2:17

Will this university have an online football team?Joe

By: Badbob on 7/10/13 at 6:53

One has to ask what kind of consulting fees Haslem will get for supporting this deal.

By: WickedTribe on 7/10/13 at 10:39

I thought RODP/ROCC already provided this? Sounds like a waste of state time to me.

By: GoodieTwoShoes on 7/10/13 at 10:58

I had the same thought when I saw this. I thought that RODP was specifically set up for this. Why is there such a rush to send State funds out of state? Utah, Chicago, Florida, Isn't there anything in Tennessee that is good enough?

By: pswindle on 7/10/13 at 12:07

Haslam's pockets are being drained by Pilot J. This what is called helping friends in high places.

By: pswindle on 7/10/13 at 8:20

After destroying Teacher's Unions and teachers, you now have an online education program. Too late to save face. Good Grief!

By: Rocket99 on 7/11/13 at 7:51

How do we recall all the elected idiots? We need to do so now. This is about ALL elected idiots, not just certain political parties.

By: amabelmathews89 on 7/23/13 at 1:02

WGU Tennessee offers accredited programs in business, K-12 teacher education, information technology, and health professions, including nursing.
http://www.enormousseo.com/

By: amabelmathews89 on 7/23/13 at 1:02

WGU Tennessee offers accredited programs in business, K-12 teacher education, information technology, and health professions, including nursing.
http://www.enormousseo.com/