Moi has posted a bit about Western Governors University. In WA Alliance With Western Governors U, A Step Toward University Privatization? moi said:
Meg Coyle is reporting in the KING5 News story, UW is Taking More Out-of-State Students to Offset Budget Cuts
Budget cuts are making it tougher for Washington students trying to get into the University of Washington.
The school admits it’s now making room for more out-of-state students who bring in more money.
“I think they should be concerned. We’re concerned,” admitted UW Admissions Director Philip Ballinger.
Severe budget cuts have forced UW to look outside the state for students.
“We cannot literally afford to enroll as many resident students,” said Ballinger.
Why? Because out-of-state students bring in a lot more money. A Washington resident would pay about $8,700 a year in tuition and fees. But a non-resident would pay three times that, more than $25,000. Ballinger blames a $200 million dollar cut in state funding.
“So when you have that kind of cut you have to find some way of mitigating,” he said…
“We’ve been turning away excellent students for years at the University of Washington,” said Ballinger.
Still, this year may be harder than ever. About 24,500 students applied to UW for the upcoming school year for 5,650 spots. That means nearly 12,000 rejection letters went out.
Ballinger says they’ve seen the number of applications nearly double in ten years. But of those, he says the number of Washington applicants has remained flat.
At the same time fewer Washington students are being admitted to UW, the state is seeking closer ties with Western Governors University.
Katherine Long in reporting in the Seattle Times article, Bill Would Partner State With Online University
The Seattle Times editorializes about the passage of HB 1822 which sets up Western Governors University – Washington in the editorial, Western Governors University – Washington Broadens Access
GOV. CHRIS GREGOIRE’S signature on House Bill 1822 made it official: Western Governors University-Washington, the state’s first online, nonprofit university, is ready to do business.
The task of integrating the seven-year-old educational institution operating in other states here falls to the Higher Education Coordinating Board. The board will also ensure the college’s programs.
This college is accredited nationally and regionally, benchmarks of quality and signs that the institution takes seriously the business of education.
Washington’s work-force demand for college degrees far exceeds the number generated by state and private colleges. The increasing number of college-bound has squeezed higher-education institutions. WGU-Washington provides an additional option.
Education is one of society’s great equalizers, underscoring the need to broaden access to higher education. A growing number of Washington community-college graduates are unable to get into oversubscribed state and private universities. These students turn to for-profit institutions, some of which are under public fire for unsavory recruiting practices and low matriculation rates.
Online learning does not replace traditional schools. Rather, it provides another choice for a growing number of aspiring students, for example on-the-go professionals and military personnel.
WGU students work with mentors and a B grade is required to pass courses. Students are assigned mentors with each course. Continued employment for WGU instructors is tied to student success. Pass rates hover at an enviable 68 percent.
Hopefully, this state is not headed toward a tracking system for university admission.
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