Thursday, July 7, 2011

College Access

Hilary Pennington from the Gates Foundation spoke at the Education Commission of the States (ECS) conference this morning on the need or change in education.  One program that she pointed out is Western Governor's University as an alternative delivery model to improve college completion. 

The two biggest barriers to completion are cost and time.  Western Governor's costs $6,000 a semester and is competency based.  Many people graduate in 36 months!!  That brings college back into reach for so many more people.  They have also partnered with Straighterline which provides gen ed courses at a lower cost and shorter time requirements.

Very cool to see two great innovations being talked about at such a high level.