Click here to close now.


News Feed Item

Greater Texas Foundation Awards $500,000 to WGU Texas

Funds will help state-endorsed online university expand outreach and post-secondary education access in the Permian Basin Region

AUSTIN, Texas, March 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- WGU Texas, (, a nonprofit, online university, has been awarded a $500,000 grant (over the next three years) from Greater Texas Foundation. The foundation serves the citizens and educational institutions of Texas by supporting initiatives that increase post-secondary enrollment rates and degree completion for all Texas students—particularly those who face barriers to success in college. The grant awarded to WGU Texas will be used to create guaranteed transfer pathways and serve the adult population in rural Texas, with some college credit and no degree.  

WGU Texas leverages an innovative approach to learning called competency-based education that measures student learning rather than time spent in class. Created for adults who need a flexible, affordable way to return to college to complete a bachelor's or master's degree program, WGU Texas supports the goal of Greater Texas Foundation of offering affordable degree options for working adults. 

"The Permian Basin is one of the fastest-growing regions in the country," said Dr. Wynn Rosser, President & CEO of Greater Texas Foundation. "As a result, we need more teachers, nurses, business, and IT professionals to sustain this high level of economic growth."

With funding provided by Greater Texas Foundation, WGU Texas will conduct targeted outreach and build awareness for WGU Texas degree programs serving students in the Midland-Odessa area. This includes strengthening partnerships with hospitals to provide high quality nursing degrees (RN to BSN or MSN programs), as well as working with major employers to provide employees with a flexible, affordable, online education in business, management, accounting, and information technology.

Research shows that the demand for educated and skilled workers in Texas continues to rise. However, Texas is currently behind other parts of the nation in college completion rates. For example, a recent survey by Georgetown University found that by 2018, 60 percent of jobs in the U.S. will require post-secondary education, but the percentage of the Texas workforce (ages 25-64) with a bachelor's degree is currently less than 19 percent. And, according to the Census Bureau, the Permian Basin region is far below the current statewide average in the number of working adults (ages 25-64) who have obtained at least an associate's degree or higher.

Qualified, dedicated teachers are desperately needed in Texas, particularly in rural communities and in subjects like math and science. In addition, a survey by the National Center for Education Statistics, found that more than a quarter of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers are not certified in the subjects they teach. And, in Texas, only 53 percent of Texas' secondary teachers have an undergraduate major in the core subjects they teach.

"We understand the personal and financial challenges that Texas students from underserved communities often face on their road to post-secondary completion," said Ray Martinez, Chancellor of WGU Texas. "WGU Texas' online, competency-based model is the perfect solution for adult learners in a highly employed region, because they can keep working, and still get a college degree to gain a competitive advantage."

The grant funding will also help WGU Texas develop highly qualified K-12 teachers in the STEM areas. Western Governors University (WGU), WGU Texas' parent university, is nationally recognized for its math and science education programs, and was recently named the nation's largest producer of math and science teachers. WGU's Teachers College is also a recognized leader in online teacher education working towards the goal of ensuring that highly competent teachers are in every classroom. In addition, WGU and Greater Texas Foundation are partners in 100Kin10, a multi-sector network addressing the national imperative to train 100,000 STEM teachers by 2021.

WGU Texas' competency-based learning model allows students to apply prior education and experience to move quickly through material they already know so they can focus on what they still need to learn. While students move through course materials at their own pace, faculty mentors provide continuous, one-on-one support. Tuition is charged at a flat rate of approximately $3,000 per six-month term for most programs, no matter how many courses students complete. Because they advance as soon as they demonstrate their mastery of subject matter, students on average graduate with a bachelor's degree in three years, saving both time and money.

"By partnering with Greater Texas Foundation, we are removing barriers to higher education and giving adult learners in the Permian Basin region a second chance to achieve their dreams of a college degree, in an affordable and flexible way," Martinez said.

About Greater Texas Foundation
Headquartered in Bryan, Texas, Greater Texas Foundation serves the citizens and educational institutions of Texas by supporting initiatives that increase rates of post-secondary enrollment and completion for all Texas students, with a particular focus on students who may encounter barriers to post-secondary success.

About WGU Texas
Established in 2011 by the state of Texas in partnership with nationally recognized Western Governors University, WGU Texas is a nonprofit, online university focused on expanding access to quality higher education for Texas residents. WGU Texas offers more than 50 accredited bachelor's and master's degree programs in the high-demand fields of business, K-12 teacher education, information technology, and health professions, including nursing.

Degrees are granted under the accreditation of Western Governors University, which is regionally accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Teachers College programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and Nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).*

Learn more at or call 1-877-214-7011.

Follow WGU Texas:

*Western Governors University offers nursing programs that are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 5380, Washington, DC 20036, 202-877-6791).


SOURCE Western Governors University

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
We all know that data growth is exploding and storage budgets are shrinking. Instead of showing you charts on about how much data there is, in his General Session at 17th Cloud Expo, Scott Cleland, Senior Director of Product Marketing at HGST, showed how to capture all of your data in one place. After you have your data under control, you can then analyze it in one place, saving time and resources.
Today air travel is a minefield of delays, hassles and customer disappointment. Airlines struggle to revitalize the experience. GE and M2Mi will demonstrate practical examples of how IoT solutions are helping airlines bring back personalization, reduce trip time and improve reliability. In their session at @ThingsExpo, Shyam Varan Nath, Principal Architect with GE, and Dr. Sarah Cooper, M2Mi’s VP Business Development and Engineering, explored the IoT cloud-based platform technologies driving t...
As organizations shift towards IT-as-a-service models, the need for managing & protecting data residing across physical, virtual, and now cloud environments grows with it. CommVault can ensure protection & E-Discovery of your data - whether in a private cloud, a Service Provider delivered public cloud, or a hybrid cloud environment – across the heterogeneous enterprise.
In recent years, at least 40% of companies using cloud applications have experienced data loss. One of the best prevention against cloud data loss is backing up your cloud data. In his General Session at 17th Cloud Expo, Sam McIntyre, Partner Enablement Specialist at eFolder, presented how organizations can use eFolder Cloudfinder to automate backups of cloud application data. He also demonstrated how easy it is to search and restore cloud application data using Cloudfinder.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing rapidly by extending current technologies, products and networks. By 2020, Cisco estimates there will be 50 billion connected devices. Gartner has forecast revenues of over $300 billion, just to IoT suppliers. Now is the time to figure out how you’ll make money – not just create innovative products. With hundreds of new products and companies jumping into the IoT fray every month, there’s no shortage of innovation. Despite this, McKinsey/VisionMobile data...
Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place June 7-9, 2016 at Javits Center, New York City and Nov 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with the 18th International @CloudExpo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world and ThingsExpo New York Call for Papers is now open.
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @ThingsExpo 2016 in New York and Silicon Valley. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is as "IoT-Ready" as it can be! Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place Nov 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 17th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty ...
Just over a week ago I received a long and loud sustained applause for a presentation I delivered at this year’s Cloud Expo in Santa Clara. I was extremely pleased with the turnout and had some very good conversations with many of the attendees. Over the next few days I had many more meaningful conversations and was not only happy with the results but also learned a few new things. Here is everything I learned in those three days distilled into three short points.
As organizations realize the scope of the Internet of Things, gaining key insights from Big Data, through the use of advanced analytics, becomes crucial. However, IoT also creates the need for petabyte scale storage of data from millions of devices. A new type of Storage is required which seamlessly integrates robust data analytics with massive scale. These storage systems will act as “smart systems” provide in-place analytics that speed discovery and enable businesses to quickly derive meaningf...
DevOps is about increasing efficiency, but nothing is more inefficient than building the same application twice. However, this is a routine occurrence with enterprise applications that need both a rich desktop web interface and strong mobile support. With recent technological advances from Isomorphic Software and others, rich desktop and tuned mobile experiences can now be created with a single codebase – without compromising functionality, performance or usability. In his session at DevOps Su...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Alert Logic, Inc., the leading provider of Security-as-a-Service solutions for the cloud, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Alert Logic, Inc., provides Security-as-a-Service for on-premises, cloud, and hybrid infrastructures, delivering deep security insight and continuous protection for customers at a lower cost than traditional security solutions. Ful...
In his keynote at @ThingsExpo, Chris Matthieu, Director of IoT Engineering at Citrix and co-founder and CTO of Octoblu, focused on building an IoT platform and company. He provided a behind-the-scenes look at Octoblu’s platform, business, and pivots along the way (including the Citrix acquisition of Octoblu).
The buzz continues for cloud, data analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT) and their collective impact across all industries. But a new conversation is emerging - how do companies use industry disruption and technology enablers to lead in markets undergoing change, uncertainty and ambiguity? Organizations of all sizes need to evolve and transform, often under massive pressure, as industry lines blur and merge and traditional business models are assaulted and turned upside down. In this new da...
In his General Session at 17th Cloud Expo, Bruce Swann, Senior Product Marketing Manager for Adobe Campaign, explored the key ingredients of cross-channel marketing in a digital world. Learn how the Adobe Marketing Cloud can help marketers embrace opportunities for personalized, relevant and real-time customer engagement across offline (direct mail, point of sale, call center) and digital (email, website, SMS, mobile apps, social networks, connected objects).
Culture is the most important ingredient of DevOps. The challenge for most organizations is defining and communicating a vision of beneficial DevOps culture for their organizations, and then facilitating the changes needed to achieve that. Often this comes down to an ability to provide true leadership. As a CIO, are your direct reports IT managers or are they IT leaders? The hard truth is that many IT managers have risen through the ranks based on their technical skills, not their leadership ab...