Kingsport Times-News: WGU addressing college-readiness gap With WGU Academy

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WGU addressing college-readiness gap With WGU Academy

Staff Reports • Updated Apr 16, 2019 at 4:36 PM

NASHVILLE — Western Governors University (WGU), parent university of WGU Tennessee, has launched WGU Academy, an independent operating unit established to help solve the growing college-readiness gap. WGU Academy courses and programs will provide aspiring students with an affordable, low-risk onramp that prepares them for college success either at WGU Tennessee or at other institutions.

According to a statewide survey commissioned by WGU Tennessee, 51 percent of Tennesseans agreed that college readiness should be a top priority for Gov. Bill Lee’s administration. The survey also concluded that 62 percent of Tennesseans believe the state government should do more to ensure public school students are prepared for college-level work. More than 900,000 Tennesseans have some sort of college credit but no degree or certificate, according to the State of Tennessee.

“WGU Academy is another way we’re removing barriers for Tennesseans who are interested in pursuing higher education and might be underprepared for college-level work,” said Dr. Kimberly Estep, WGU Tennessee’s chancellor. “The program not only helps tackle the college-readiness gap, but allows us to continue our mission to expand access to higher education to more Tennesseans and provide a better-prepared and -trained workforce for employers across the state.”

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