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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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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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