Western governors have tried to limit its articulation agreements to states, mainly because of the complexity of escaping and maintaining agreements with hundreds of two-year institutions, Partridge said. « We have started these discussions and we hope to be able to reach agreements that are at least similar in mind when it comes to giving great value and priority to Community College transfer students who are obtaining associate degrees, » he said in an email. WGU Indiana and Washington branches have similar programs, including the 5 percent cut, Partridge said. The university has national articulation agreements with community colleges in seven states, some of which include rebates and scholarships for associate graduates, as well as « more flexible marketing partnerships » with 330 community colleges across the country, including large systems like Maricopa Community College in Arizona. There are cases where Western governors will refuse a transfer course because it is far from the purpose of the course corresponding to the university. But it`s rare, » Partridge said. Part of the draw for community colleges in collaboration with Western Governors is that the university generally honours all transfer funds from two-year accredited institutions. Western governors also say they want to engage in the national « closing program. » And the new agreements with community universities will benefit university students who do not arrive at their destination. Through trust in community colleges on transfer, the university is able to get « co-branding » with community college partners and more miles with their marketing to students. A remission can be attractive. And Partridge said the university often has to compete in crowded markets for students, often with high-end profits, like the University of Phoenix, which have much larger advertising budgets. And it`s not just WGU Texas. The University of Parents of Students, which offers bachelor`s and postgraduate degrees, has launched a national initiative to encourage students to complete their associate degree before enrolling.

And he sees results. Two years ago, 35% of new students had an associate or bachelor`s degree. Today, there are about half of them, says Pat Partridge, marketing director of the Western Governor, which oversees marketing and registrations. The university is « largely generous in the transmission and acceptance of courses, » Partridge said. Western Governors is not the first university to promote associate graduation by transfer students, said Stephen G. Katsinas, director of the University of Alabama`s Center for Education Policy. In Kansas, for example, public bodies must accept at least 60 credits for associated contracts that have been obtained in other public institutions. While the 50 colleges of the Texas Association of Community Colleges are all participants and have articulation agreements with the university, WGU Texas officials said they focused on a dozen large colleges that have shown the greatest interest in the program.