Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

November 20, 2013

WGU, St. Vincent forms partnership


Hendricks County Flyer

---- — WGU Indiana has signed its newest partnership with Indianapolis-based St. Vincent Hospital and Health Care Center, Inc. The corporate partnership serves to promote continuing education for adults in the workplace with an affordable, flexible model that suits their busy lifestyles.

“We are excited to provide this educational opportunity to our employees,” St. Vincent Chief Operating Officer Darcy Burthay said in a press release. “WGU Indiana’s innovative, competency-based model is an affordable approach that truly focuses on helping working adults achieve their educational goals.”

Under the terms of the partnership, St. Vincent employees will receive a 5 percent tuition discount at WGU Indiana. Included in the agreement is not only St. Vincent’s Indianapolis Hospital, but also St. Vincent Women’s and Children’s Hospital, St. Vincent Stress Center, St. Vincent Home Health and Hospice, and Seton Specialty Hospital.

Employees can choose from more than 50 accredited bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the colleges of information technology, business, teacheing and healthcare, including nursing. Tuition for WGU Indiana has remained at $6,000 a year since the university opened its doors in 2010.

Chancellor Allison Barber said, “Our unique, online model allows students to accelerate in their degree path. This suits St. Vincent employees perfectly as many of them are balancing work, school and family responsibilities. This partnership furthers both WGU Indiana and St. Vincent Health’s commitment to the advancement of hard-working Hoosiers.”

WGU Indiana introduces a new learning model in its competency-based education. Students are able to accelerate in their degree paths based on prior knowledge of the subject matter. They are paired with a student mentor who is a specialist in their field of study to provide guidance throughout the student’s time at the university. Course mentors teach courses completely online via e-textbooks and webinars. Students are eligible for federal and state aid, as well as a number of university-sponsored scholarships. Each of the four colleges are accredited by regional standards.

WGU Indiana is the state’s non-profit, online university established by the State of Indiana to expand access to higher education for Indiana residents. Using a competency-based model that allows students to proceed at their own pace and curriculum developed with input from leading employers, WGU Indiana offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. In 2012, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education recognized WGU Indiana in its Reaching Higher, Achieving More agenda for its excellence in academic quality. The university was also recognized as one of Fast Company’s 50 Most Innovative Companies of 2013.