WGU Texas Fact Sheet

Background and Mission

  • WGU Texas has been established by the state of Texas as an online, competency-based university to expand access to higher education for Texas residents.
  • The university offers more than 60 online, competency-based degree programs in high-demand career fields including Business, Information Technology, Teacher Education, and Health Professions, including Nursing.
  • The state partnered with Western Governors University to establish WGU Texas in 2011, an option in higher education for Texas residents.
  • The mission of WGU Texas is to expand access to affordable higher education for Texas residents through online, competency-based degree programs that address key workforce needs.
  • WGU Texas is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Western Governors University, which was founded in 1997 by 19 U.S. governors to expand access to higher education through online, competency-based degree programs. Today, Western Governors University is a national university with more than 40,000 students from all 50 U.S. states.
  • Nonprofit but self-sustaining on tuition, WGU Texas provides new educational opportunities for Texas residents without ongoing state subsidy.

Accessibility and Affordability

  • WGU Texas’ online, competency-based model makes college possible for working adults who may not be able to travel to a campus. It also provides them the flexibility they need to complete their studies while they meet work and family obligations.
  • WGU Texas tuition is charged at a flat rate for six-month terms, not per credit hour or semester. Tuition for most programs is $2,890 per term.
  • Students may begin their terms at the first of any month.
  • Because WGU Texas is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Western Governors University, WGU Texas students may qualify for federal financial aid.

Academic Model

  • WGU Texas uses a competency-based, mentor-guided model that requires students to demonstrate their knowledge rather than spending time in a classroom.
  • Each WGU Texas student is assigned a mentor, who provides one-on-one coaching, guidance, and support from enrollment through graduation.
  • Learning resources, which include textbooks, webinars, simulations, and online tutorials, have been developed by third party sources and are reviewed by councils comprised of industry representatives to ensure that they are relevant to employers’ needs.

Accreditation

  • Degrees are granted under the current accreditation of Western Governors University, which is regionally accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).
  • Teachers College programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
  • The nursing degree programs at WGU (and therefore at WGU Texas) are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791).
  • The Health Informatics program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

Governance and Texas Operations

  • WGU Texas is led by Chancellor Veronica “Ronnye” Vargas Stidvent, who is based in the university’s Texas office. The Chancellor reports to Western Governors University President Scott Pulsipher.
  • WGU Texas works under the guidance of an Advisory Board comprised of corporate, community, and education leaders in the state. WGU Texas Advisory Board members are:
    • Andres Alcantar, Chairman, Texas Workforce Commission – Austin
    • Patricia Diaz Dennis, Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Retired, AT&T – San Antonio
    • John Fitzpatrick, Executive Director of Educate Texas – Dallas
    • Bernie Francis, Owner and CEO of Business Control Systems, and First Class Caregivers, Inc. – Dallas
    • Reynaldo García, President and CEO of the Texas Association of Community Colleges – Austin
    • Bonnie Gonzalez, Chief Executive Officer, Knapp Community Care Foundation – Weslaco
    • George Grainger, Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships, Texas A&M University Foundation – Houston
    • Mark David Milliron, Chief Learning Officer, Civitas Learning – Austin
    • William Serrata, Ph. D., President, El Paso Community College – El Paso

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