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WGU Tennessee, LeMoyne-Owen College Announce Partnership

WGU Tennessee, LeMoyne-Owen College Announce Partnership

Agreement Gives Graduates Affordable Access to Graduate Degrees, Flexible Path to Career Growth

 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 31, 2019)LeMoyne-Owen College (LOC), a historically black college providing an excellent liberal arts education based in Memphis, Tenn., has partnered with nonprofit online university WGU Tennessee. The partnership ensures that LOC graduates and alumni have access to graduate degrees and programs through WGU Tennessee.

 “Our mission is to expand access to affordable, quality degree programs to working adults in Tennessee,” said Dr. Kimberly Estep, WGU Tennessee chancellor. “Postgraduate degrees can open up new opportunities, even to those already in the workforce, and our partnership with LeMoyne-Owen provides a way for its graduates to continue their educations and achieve their career goals.” 

 Under the terms of the partnership, LOC graduates and alumni are eligible to receive a 5 percent tuition discount (for up to four academic terms) off WGU Tennessee’s affordable, flat-rate tuition of approximately $6,500 per year for most programs. 

WGU’s innovative approach, known as competency-based learning, is a large reason it has seen early success – including now having students in all 95 counties across the state –especially among working adults with busy schedules. The school’s online model measures competencies rather than time spent in a classroom, allowing students to move at a quicker pace. On average, master’s degree candidates graduate in 19 months.

About WGU Tennessee

WGU Tennessee is an online, nonprofit, competency-based university established to expand Tennesseans’ access to higher education throughout the state. Formed through a partnership between the state of Tennessee and nationally recognized Western Governors University, WGU Tennessee is open to all qualified Tennessee residents. The university offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the high-demand career 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 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).*

 In addition to WGU Tennessee, there are seven other WGU state-based, state-endorsed universities: WGU Indiana, established in June 2010; WGU Washington, established in April 2011; WGU Texas, established in August 2011; WGU Missouri, established in February 2013; WGU Nevada, established in June 2015; WGU North Carolina, established in October 2017; and WGU Ohio, established in February 2018.

 For more information, visit the WGU Tennessee website,, or call 855-948-8495.

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