Innovative Higher Education

, Volume 30, Issue 3, pp 177–194 | Cite as

Critical Decisions Affecting the Development of Western Governors University

  • Katrina A. Meyer


Interviews conducted with individuals involved in the early development and current operation of the Western Governors University allowed identification of 12 themes concerning early, formative decisions and decision-making processes. These themes were subsequently grouped into 5 categories: (1) politics, (2) organizational models, (3) changing mission, (4) multiple missions, and (5) experiencing innovation. Several factors, including the need to obtain financial support and to operate independently as a degree-granting institution, were influential in the decision to focus on competency-based curricula rather than providing a repository for distance learning courses offered by institutions in the West.


Western Governors University online learning virtual university institutional development 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Katrina A. Meyer
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  1. 1.Higher and Adult EducationThe University of MemphisEgypt

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