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Community Health Network employees to benefit from WGU Indiana partnership

For release on May 08, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS (May 7, 2012) – WGU Indiana and Community Health Network have entered into an agreement to offer discounts on tuition and fees to Community Health Network employees, as well as a scholarship in commemoration of Health Care Appreciation Week. Community Health Network employees are now eligible for a waiver of the $65 application fee and a five percent tuition discount.

“This is a big step forward in helping Hoosiers go further through education,” WGU Indiana Chancellor Allison Barber said. “Community Health Network is home to over 11,000 employees, some of whom make up the 740,000 Indiana residents with some college experience and no degree. This partnership offers employees a high-quality, innovative, competency-based, nonprofit model where they can keep their jobs and/or advance in their jobs while finishing a bachelor’s degree or earning a master’s degree.”

In less than two years of existence, WGU Indiana has grown to 2,400 students and has had students or graduates in every county in the state. The university offers CCNE-accredited degree programs designed for busy adults and healthcare professionals—many who already possess extensive knowledge and experience in a healthcare-related field.

“This partnership is part of our strategy to support Community employees in educational advancement as we strive to assure superior outcomes of care. This represents not only an opportunity to provide a cost savings to our employees, but also access to quality education that is practical for adult learners with busy lives ,” Cindy Adams, PhD, ANP-BC, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, Community Health Network, said. “Through benefits of the partnership, including scholarship support that will be offered in recognition of Health Care Team Week, we want to make it possible for our employees to enrich their careers through advanced education.”

WGU Indiana offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in four high-demand career fields – Business, Information Technology, Education and Health Professions, including Nursing. Its flat-rate tuition has never increased, providing affordable access to a high-quality education for approximately $6,000 per year.

For more details on the fee waiver and tuition discount for Community Health Network employees, visit indiana.wgu.edu/communityhealth or call 877-214-7014. Those interested in all of WGU Indiana’s scholarship opportunities can visit indiana.wgu.edu/tuition_financial_aid/scholarships.

About WGU Indiana
WGU Indiana has been established by the State of Indiana as a nonprofit, online, competency-based university to expand access to higher education for Indiana residents. Formed through a partnership with Western Governors University, WGU Indiana is open to all qualified Indiana residents. The university offers over 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Business, Education, Information Technology and Healthcare Professions, including Nursing. In 2012, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education recognized WGU Indiana in its Reaching Higher, Achieving More agenda for the university’s excellence in academic quality.

Degrees are granted under the accreditation of Western Governors University, which is regionally accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) and nationally accredited through the Distance Education and Training Commission (DETC). 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).

WGU Indiana is an approved education provider for Indiana state grants and scholarships offered through the State Student Assistance Commission of Indiana (SSACI). In addition, the university has partnered with Ivy Tech to offer graduates who have completed their associate degrees a seamless transfer to complete their bachelor’s degrees at WGU Indiana, including application fee waivers and tuition discounts.

About Community Health Network
Ranked among the nation’s most integrated healthcare systems, Community Health Network is Central Indiana’s leader in providing convenient access to exceptional healthcare services, where and when patients need them—in hospitals, health pavilions and doctor’s offices, as well as workplaces, schools and homes. As a nonprofit health system with over 200 sites of care and affiliates throughout Central Indiana, Community’s full continuum of care integrates hundreds of physicians, specialty and acute care hospitals, surgery centers, home care services, MedChecks, behavioral health and employer health services. To learn more, visit eCommunity.com or call 800-777-7775.


Lynda de Widt, Media Relations
Lynda de Widt
Media Relations