State considers ending recognition of Western Governors University

COLUMBUS (AP) — Less than a year after the online Western Governors University launched its Ohio affiliate, state lawmakers have proposed eliminating recognition that lets its students benefit from certain financial aid programs.

That is part of the state budget bill set for a House vote Thursday.

WGU Ohio Chancellor Rebecca Watts opposed the change. She told lawmakers it would make students at the accredited, nonprofit school ineligible for certain state-funded aid, including a need-based grant program.

WGU also says students in its teacher preparation program would be treated as out-of-state applicants for licensing.

It’s unclear who advocated the change. A message seeking comment on that was left with the House speaker’s office.

WGU doesn’t directly get state funding. It says it has over 3,100 students studying business, teaching, nursing and information technology.