Happy 4th Anniversary WGU Missouri

Just four short years ago, Governor Jay Nixon announced the creation of the state affiliate WGU Missouri. At the time, there were 455 Missourians attending Western Governors University. Four years later, a lot has changed.

  • Enrollment in WGU Missouri has grown from 987 students to over 2,400.
  • The total number of Missourians who have earned a WGU degree has increased from 293 to 1,219.
  • The third annual commencement ceremony in June 2016 for WGU Missouri celebrated 288 graduates.
  • The average time to earn a bachelor's degree for that graduating group was 2 years and 4 months.
  • The number of Missourians working for WGU increased from 15 employees to 131.
  • The number of companies partnering to offer their Missouri employees a discount on WGU tuition has grown to 101.

WGU Missouri is earning respect. The number of Missourians capitalizing on our model—the most efficient, most affordable option for busy adults to earn a degree—is having an economic impact in our state. More importantly, the WGU Missouri opportunity is making a difference for families.

Take Nick Plisowski, who began his nursing career as an RN and thought an Associate’s degree was his best option because of his packed schedule. Once he learned about WGU Missouri’s online, competency-based model, he knew he could fit a bachelor's of science in nursing and even an advanced degree into his busy life. “Managing my work-home balance was difficult, but it would have been impossible with traditional university classes,” said Nick.” The flexibility of the six-month semesters allowed me to work in planned bursts. This is something I appreciated greatly since I have a job with 24-hour responsibility and a family.”

WGU Missouri's competency-based education model allows students to work at their own pace. Ty Robinson wanted to create a legacy of education for his family and turn his years of experience into a degree. “Working full time and spending time with my family, while maintaining the house definitely pushed time management into a needed skill. Luckily I am a night owl (WGU Missouri pun intended) and due to the freedom of the schedule, I completed most of my course work after my family was asleep.”

By finishing faster, WGU Missouri students not only pay less but also can begin earning more sooner. Stephen Brewer got out of the Air Force at age 26 and used his experience and skills to complete a bachelor's degree in IT in a single term. He completed 68 competency units beyond those he transferred in and paid only $2,890 in tuition. "In the military they teach you to work efficiently, and I applied those skills at WGU," says Stephen.

As WGU Missouri begins its Fourth year, we can celebrate the great accomplishments of our students, alumni, and faculty and start to set more goals for the future. In honor of these milestones and to further advance our mission of providing Missourians with access to high-quality, affordable education, we are proud to announce the WGU Missouri 4th Anniversary Celebration Scholarship. These scholarships, worth up to $4,000 each, are open to new students who want to pursue undergraduate or graduate degrees.

Our dream for Missouri is stronger families, stronger communities, and a stronger state. We are encouraged by the progress that we have made and look forward to continued success over the next 4 years.

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