Linda Battles, Chancellor of WGU Texas, left, and Dr. Christy Ponce, President of Temple College,... Linda Battles, Chancellor of WGU Texas, left, and Dr. Christy Ponce, President of Temple College, sign a memorandum of understanding during the announcement of a new transfer agreement between the two schools. (Steve Lemmons, Temple College)

Partnership streamlines the process for graduates, students, and employees to pursue bachelor’s and master’s degrees


Temple College and WGU Texas announced a partnership to support students seeking bachelor’s degrees after completing their associate degrees. The partnership creates pathways for Temple College students, graduates, and employees to work toward a bachelor’s or master’s degree and further their education at WGU Texas. Temple College serves more than 6,000 credit and continuing education students annually.


“We are excited to establish this new transfer partnership with WGU Texas to provide additional opportunities for students and employees to earn advanced degrees without having to relocate,” said Temple College President Dr. Christy Ponce. “Choosing to continue their education through online programs like WGU Texas is a great choice for many students balancing work, family, and school commitments and is in line with our mission of empowering students to achieve their dreams and aspirations. After students complete their associate degree with Temple College, this partnership allows for easy transfer into an online program where students complete their last two years to earn a bachelor’s degree.”

This transfer agreement between Temple College and WGU Texas also streamlines the process for Temple College graduates pursuing a bachelor’s degree at WGU Texas. Through the agreement, students who graduated with their associate degrees from Temple College, graduates, faculty, and staff may select among more than 60 accredited bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in information technology, business, health professions, and teaching. Transfer students also receive unique benefits, including:

  • Exclusive community college partner scholarship, valued at up to $2,500, credited at $625 per term.

  • A five percent tuition discount for up to four terms.

  • Comprehensive and seamless transfer policy.

  • All completed courses at Temple College with a C or higher are automatically accepted.


“We are grateful for the opportunity to provide Temple College students, graduates, and employees with an efficient transfer process to reduce their overall costs and time to complete their degrees at WGU Texas online,” said Linda Battles, Chancellor of WGU Texas. “This partnership will ensure that students have a streamlined transition into our programs and receive one-to-one guidance and support throughout their educational journey.”

WGU Texas’ current enrollment is more than 14,000 students, with students enrolled in 233 of the state’s 254 counties. Approximately 250 students from Temple College currently attend WGU Texas.

For more information about WGU Texas’ community college partnerships and scholarship opportunities, visit

About Temple College

Temple College is “Your Community’s College, a dynamic and growing community college that equips thousands of students throughout Central Texas and beyond with the knowledge and skills for 21st-century success. Temple College offers more than 75 degree and certificate programs to students who seek to earn credits for transfer, graduate with an associate degree, or complete a certificate for fast entry into the workforce. Founded in 1926, Temple College has enjoyed an excellent academic reputation for 97 years. It is nationally recognized for excellence in its programs, from visual and performing arts to competitive athletics. The College has become one of the state’s premiere institutions for health care providers’ education and training, advanced manufacturing, and workforce development programs. The faculty and staff are committed to providing exceptional quality instruction.To learn more, visit

About WGU Texas

WGU Texas is an online, nonprofit, accredited, competency-based university established to expand Texans’ access to higher education throughout the state. Formed through a partnership between the state of Texas and nationally recognized Western Governors University, WGU Texas is open to all qualified Texas residents. The university offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the high-demand career fields of business, K-12 teacher education, information technology, and health professions, including nursing. Since the university’s launch in 2011, over 26,000 graduates have earned their undergraduate or graduate degrees through a variety of academic offerings. To learn more, visit