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WGU Texas Mission

The principal 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's Core Themes

WGU Texas Governance

WGU Texas is a private, nonprofit institution that was established by the state of Texas through a partnership with Western Governors University. WGU Texas is led by a Chancellor and an Advisory Board who reside in Texas and provide guidance on the most effective ways the university can meet the needs of Texas students.

Dr. Steven E. Johnson, WGU Texas Chancellor

WGU Texas Advisory Board
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
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

WGU Texas operates under the same governance as that of its parent institution, WGU: a Board of Trustees consisting of educators, industry leaders, and state governors.

More about the Board of Trustees

WGU's National Advisory Board

Another crucial source of support is our National Advisory Board, made up of representatives from prestigious corporations and foundations. Members provide ongoing support and advice to the university.

National Advisory Board Members

Academic Program Governance

As part of its partnership with the state of Texas, Western Governors University provides the curriculum, learning resources, mentoring, and student services for WGU Texas. The academic programs are developed and guided by WGU administrators working through several councils, which are composed of academicians and industry experts in the various fields of knowledge.

Academic Leadership
Assessment Council
Health Professions Program Council
Nursing Advisory Council
General Education Council
Business Program Council
Information Technology Program Council
Education Program Council

WGU Texas Resume and Other Information

In compliance with House Bill 736, prospective students, parents, and the public can view an institutional resume for WGU Texas by clicking here.

The data used has been extracted from the Student Report (CBM001) and Graduation Report (CBM009) submitted by WGU Texas every year to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). The additional data needed (data not reported to THECB) was obtained from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

Our institutional resume can be found at We are listed under 4-Year Career Schools. View the PDF to see annual enrollment, completion rates, tuition and fees, student/faculty ratio, funding, and more.

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Questions and Answers

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Is WGU a nonprofit or for-profit university?

WGU is a nonprofit online university that was founded by 19 U.S. governors. However, it is a private university, not a state university. WGU developed out of a vision for the future of higher education that emerged among the governors of the Western Governors Association (hence our name), but WGU operates independently with its own governance structure.

What is the role of a Program Council?

Each Program Council at WGU is composed of WGU faculty and outside experts in the field of study. The council is responsible for guiding the development of degree programs. The council will help define the skills and knowledge that a competent graduate should possess, determine the best ways to assess the competence, as well as monitor and review the relevance of each program over time.

WGU mentors serve as advisors to students. To learn more about the mentor’s role, click here. Or speak to an Enrollment Counselor.

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