Online higher education takes center stage at House Dem Policy hearing – Pennsylvania House Democratic Caucus

by | Oct 26, 2022 | Education

Lawmakers discuss affordability and accessibility
Policy Committee    October 26, 2022

HARRISBURG, Oct. 26 – The House Democratic Policy Committee convened a hearing Wednesday morning in Harrisburg to discuss the affordability and accessibility of online higher education options across Pennsylvania.

“We need to provide students seeking to advance their education with every opportunity possible to do so. That includes online education, because as we heard from testifiers today, it allows students to complete degrees on their own time,” said Bizzarro. “Education is the lifeblood of our economy, and we should take advantage of every chance to support it.”

The hearing, hosted by Rep. Mary Isaacson (D-Philadelphia), featured testimony from Western Governors University and Peirce College, two non-profit higher education entities that focus on providing online education opportunities for students.

“Today’s hearing helped foster a great conversation about what can be done to better connect students anywhere with the skills they need to succeed,” said Isaacson. “It starts with dedicating the necessary funding and resources toward higher education, and it’s something I’ll continue to fight for in Harrisburg.”

Western Governors University is a fully online school that was founded 25 years ago by 19 bipartisan governors. According to Rebecca Watts, Vice President of WGU, there are more than 2,500 current Pennsylvania students, and more than 5,000 alumni from the commonwealth. Watts testified that WGU has a year-round term and keeps a tuition level below the national average. She …

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