Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

January 1, 2014

College challenges Hoosiers to 'lose the wait' in 2014

WGU Indiana offering $2,000 scholarships to encourage adults to go back to school.

from staff reports
Kokomo Tribune

---- — INDIANAPOLIS – As Hoosiers gear up for 2014 and start setting their New Year’s resolutions, WGU Indiana encourages Indiana residents to “lose the wait” in pursuit of a degree.

Approximately 740,000 Indiana adults have some college, but no degree.

“Indiana is a state of opportunity, particularly when it comes to education,” said Gov. Mike Pence in a statement. “We encourage all Hoosiers to explore their options for furthering their education and applaud WGU Indiana for their new scholarship program.”

To help Hoosiers lose the wait, WGU Indiana is launching a new scholarship program. The university will award 20 Lose the Wait scholarships worth $2,000 each, which is significant given that tuition at WGU Indiana has remained at a flat rate of about $6,000 per year since the school’s inception in 2010.

“At WGU Indiana, students don’t have to wait to enroll, because we accept students every month,” said Chancellor Allison Barber. “They don’t wait for classes, because students take our courses online, whenever their schedule allows. And students don’t wait to take exams or move on to the next course, because WGU Indiana is competency based and students can accelerate at their own pace.”

WGU’s innovative, competency-based education model, which earned the university a spot in Fast Company’s 50 Most Innovative Companies of 2013, measures learning rather than the time a student spends in a classroom seat. Students earn their degrees by demonstrating mastery of subject matter, completing coursework online at any time convenient to their lives. Designed to meet the needs of adult learners, competency-based education allows students to take advantage of prior learning and experience to move quickly through material they already know so they can focus on what they still need to learn.

To be eligible for the ‘Lose the Wait’ scholarships, applicants must have some college credit and pursue a bachelor’s or master’s degree in business, IT, education or health professions. Applicants may be new or returning students to WGU Indiana. The scholarships launched on Dec. 16, and the deadline to apply is Feb. 28.

To learn more about all of WGU Indiana’s degree programs, visit indiana.wgu.edu. For more on the Lose the Wait scholarships, visit www.indiana.wgu.edu/tuition_financial_aid/scholarships/lose_the_wait_overview.