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A Different College Experience: No Semesters – All Online

This weekend, nearly 900 students graduated from Western Governors University – Texas at a ceremony in Houston. WGU is geared toward non-traditional students – the average age of their students is 39. The online university offers an approach called competency-based education, where the focus is on what a student learns and not on fulfilling a […]

Yovaletta Sullivan, 33, earned a second bachelor’s from WGU Texas and is working on a MBA. She says the flexible schedule worked for her.
Yovaletta Sullivan, 33, earned a second bachelor’s from WGU Texas and is working on a MBA. She says the flexible schedule worked for her.

This weekend, nearly 900 students graduated from Western Governors University – Texas at a ceremony in Houston. WGU is geared toward non-traditional students – the average age of their students is 39. The online university offers an approach called competency-based education, where the focus is on what a student learns and not on fulfilling a set number of hours in class.

News 88.7 education reporter Laura Isensee spoke with one of last weekend’s graduates who said the competency-based approach and flexible schedule were the only way she could get a nursing degree despite the demands of a marriage and a daughter with special needs.

Laura also speaks with Veronica Stidvent who became WGU Texas’ new chancellor in July. In their conversation, Stidvent further explains what competency-based education is and why it’s growing in popularity.

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