When WGU Tennessee launched in July 2013 it had 700 students. Three years later, enrollment has climbed to more than 2,600 with nearly 1,100 alumni in the state. “We’re right about quadruple where we were when we launched,” said Kimberly Estep, WGU Tennessee’s Chancellor, in an interview with the Nashville Business Journal.
The mission: improve access
This non-profit, online university stemmed from a partnership between the State of Tennessee and Western Governors University, a CampusLogic customer. The new institution, WGU Tennessee, supports the mission of Governor Bill Haslam’s Drive to 55: get 55% of Tennesseans equipped with a college degree or certificate by 2025. WGU’s principal mission is to improve quality and expand access to post-secondary educational opportunities by providing a means for individuals to learn independent of time or place and to earn competency-based degrees and other credentials that are credible to both institutions and employers.