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Two non-traditional universities forge partnership to prepare Indiana students for a successful, seamless academic pathway

INDIANAPOLIS – WGU Indiana has announced a partnership with Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana’s community college system encompassing more than 40 locations, to implement WGU’s “Onward with Learning” (OWL) Transfer Program, which supports students seeking bachelor’s degrees after completing associate degrees. The program launched this month and is designed to remove common transfer barriers through early engagement with students and provide guaranteed credit transfer and admission to one of WGU Indiana’s 13 bachelor’s degree programs in the fields of business, IT, education and health professions.

“WGU is committed to helping the 91,179 Ivy Tech Community College students further their educational achievements by removing barriers to transfer,” said Spencer Stewart, WGU’s Vice President of Partnerships. “Ivy Tech’s high-quality programs will prepare them for a four-year degree program at WGU, and by engaging students early and often, we can make sure they streamline their academic journey – saving them time and tuition costs.”

Benefits for Ivy Tech students participating in the OWL Transfer Program include:

  1. Guaranteed admission in select programs at WGU Indiana for Ivy Tech Community College graduates participating in the OWL Transfer Program.
  2. Eligibility to earn a scholarship of $900 per six-month term, for up to two years.
  3. Regular email communication through the OWL Nurture Program to keep students on track for success and graduation.
  4. Free online transfer success courses and co-advising from WGU Indiana staff to ensure credit transfer maximization.
  5. Access to the Program for Academic and Career Advancement (PACA), a social-emotional learning course, that helps develop students’ confidence, communication skills, help-seeking skills as well as planning, time management and study habits.

WGU, the nation’s largest online, nonprofit university, is reaching 21 community colleges nationwide with the OWL Transfer Program. The program is available to thousands of qualifying students who are newly enrolled or who have completed less than 50% of their associate degree programs. WGU Indiana co-advisors monitor the students’ progress to ensure they meet all necessary requirements and succeed in their pathway to a successful education experience.

“I have always believed that WGU is a great transfer partner, but the additional support offered to Ivy Tech Community College students by the OWL Program really enhances our partnership,” said Patty Plantenga, Transfer Advisor and Site Manager at Ivy Tech Community College. “Knowing there is a pathway for Ivy Tech students to pursue guaranteed admission is an exciting benefit of the program, and the scholarship opportunities available to OWL Program participants are highly valuable in reducing barriers to bachelors degrees.”

More information on WGU’s OWL Transfer Program, including a full list of eligible WGU degree programs and a sign-up form for interested students, is available at www.wgu.edu/owltransferprogram.

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About WGU Indiana
WGU Indiana is an online, competency-based university established to expand access to higher education for Indiana residents. The university offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the fields of business, K-12 teacher education, information technology, and health professions, including nursing. Degrees are granted under the accreditation of WGU, which is accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Teachers College programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), College of Business programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), and nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). WGU Indiana has helped more than 10,000 Hoosiers achieve their dream of completing a college degree. More than 5,300 students are currently enrolled. Learn more at www.wgu.edu/indiana.

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