Jan. 18, 2022

381: The Whole Equals the Sum of the Parts - with Linda Battles, Regional Vice President & Chancellor, WGU Texas

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We welcome YOU back to America's leading higher education podcast, The EdUp Experience!

It’s YOUR time to #EdUp

In this episode, President Series #131, YOUR guest is Linda Battles, Regional Vice President & Chancellor of Western Governors University Texas, YOUR host is Dr. Joe Sallustio, aka, THE Voice of Education, & YOUR sponsor is The Charles Koch Foundation!

After 25 years of operation, WGU continues to expand access to education for all learners.  Linda Garza Battles, Chancellor of WGU Texas, discusses the impact of WGU on her 5 state region - including student centricity, creating pathways between education and the workforce, and she also discusses her transtion from government oversight to direct student impact.  She also gives insight into WGUs functional structure and how the state affiliates work together to positively impact students nationally and internationally.

Before joining WGU, Battles worked at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas House of Representatives, where she dedicated her career to working on statewide policy that expands access to higher education, improves student success, and increases funding for state financial aid programs. She worked to secure landmark legislation to expand access to higher education for underserved populations, such as the Top Ten Percent Law, which ensures automatic admission to the state’s public universities for graduates in the top ten percent of their high school class.

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