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What is WGU Missouri?
Created through a partnership between the state of Missouri and nationally recognized Western Governors University, WGU Missouri is a state-based university offering affordable, high-quality degree programs for working adults in the state.
Why did the governor establish WGU Missouri?
Currently, there are nearly 750,000 Missouri residents who have completed some college but no post-secondary credential. A trained and educated workforce is vital to the state’s economy, and WGU Missouri provides another high-quality option for adults in the state who wish to complete a bachelor’s or master’s degree. WGU is designed to meet the needs of busy adults who, due to work and family obligations, may not be able to attend a traditional, brick-and-mortar university. By creating WGU Missouri, the state has added affordable capacity to the state’s higher education system without ongoing cost to the state.
How was WGU Missouri created?
An Executive Order and accompanying Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), signed on February 15, 2013, created a partnership between Western Governors University and the state establishing WGU Missouri as part of the state’s higher education system.
How is WGU Missouri funded?
Initial funding for WGU Missouri was provided through community development block grant funding of up to $4 million. In addition, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation provided a grant of $750,000 to support the startup of WGU Missouri, and the university has worked with the state to secure additional funding from private donors, both in Missouri and nationwide. Eventually, WGU Missouri will be self-sustaining on tuition of about $6,000 per 12-month year for most programs and will require no ongoing funding from the state of Missouri.
Are WGU Missouri students eligible for state financial aid?
WGU is working with the Missouri Department of Higher Education to obtain approval for qualified students to receive state aid.
Is WGU Missouri accredited?
WGU Missouri operates under the accreditation of Western Governors University, which is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Degrees are granted under WGU’s current accreditation.
How is WGU Missouri governed?
A wholly controlled subsidiary of Western Governors University, WGU Missouri is led by a Missouri-based chancellor, Dr. Angie Besendorfer. WGU Missouri works under the guidance of an Advisory Board that includes corporate, community, and education leaders from the state. About Angie Besendorfer, WGU Missouri's Chancellor
Where is WGU Missouri located?
8000 Maryland Ave., Suite 410
St. Louis, MO 63105-3752
If WGU was already available to Missouri residents, why was WGU Missouri established?
Many Missouri residents have never heard of WGU. The establishment of WGU Missouri allows us to commit resources that will increase statewide awareness of the university and its programs, and experience in other states has shown that this will greatly increase enrollment. In addition, we have learned with WGU Indiana, WGU Washington, and WGU Texas that students find a state-endorsed, locally based university more credible.
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