The following local residents have earned a degree from Western Governors University (WGU).
Melissa Fields of Loogootee has earned her Bachelor of Science, Business Management; Ginger Porter of Odon has earned her Master of Arts, Science Education (5-12, Bio); Cynthia Barber of Washington has earned her Master of Science, Management and Leadership; Emily Wichman of Washington has earned her Bachelor of Science, Business Management; and Tammy Cosby of Washington has earned her Bachelor of Science, Nursing.
WGU has recognized 13,244 undergraduate and 8,930 graduate degree recipients, who have completed their degrees in the last six months. Their areas of study include business, K-12 education, information technology, and health professions, including nursing. The average time to graduation for those earning a bachelor's degree was two years, four months, while the average time to degree for graduate programs was one year, seven months.
WGU pioneered competency-based education, which measures learning rather than time spent in class. Designed to meet the needs of working adults, students study and learn on their own schedules with individualized, one-to-one faculty support. They complete courses as soon as they demonstrate that they have mastered the subject matter; allowing them to move quickly through material they already know so they can allocate time for what they still need to learn. As a result, many WGU students are able to accelerate their studies, saving both time and money.