WGU Tennessee’s 2017 Day at the Capitol

On Feb. 22, more than 25 WGU Tennessee students, alumni and faculty met with elected officials in Nashville for our second annual “Day at the Capitol” outing.



The event is an opportunity for WGU Tennessee to thank legislators for forming the partnership in 2013 that established our online, nonprofit university, and to give them updates on the partnership’s progress.

The group discussed their WGU Tennessee experience with more than 20 elected officials – including Rep. Debra Moody, Rep. Roger Kane, Sen. Mark White, Sen. Eddie Smith and many others from the Senate and House Education committees. WGU Tennessee’s flexibility, affordability and faculty support were cited – among other factors – as reasons for the university’s early success.

WGU Tennessee has come a long way in a short period, filling the supporting role in the Drive to 55 envisioned by Gov. Bill Haslam and the General Assembly. Some stats that may have surprised legislators include:

  • WGU Tennessee enrollment has surpassed 3,200
  • WGU Tennessee has conferred more than 1,800 degrees (bachelor’s and master’s)
  • 92 of 95 counties in the state have at least one WGU Tennessee student enrolled
  • WGU Tennessee has awarded more than $1 million in scholarship funding to Tennesseans
Rep. John Forgety
Sen. Jeff Yarbro
Rep. Debra Moody
Rep. Craig Fitzhugh


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