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Western International University Reduces Tuition And Refines Online Learning Approach, To Meet Demands Of Working Adults

PHOENIX, June 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Western International University ("West"), a leading private education provider since 1978, and a wholly owned subsidiary of Apollo Global, Inc., announced today a shift in its pricing structure along with a new course delivery method designed to provide students with a more manageable and affordable higher education solution.

Effective immediately, undergraduate students at West now have the opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree online in accounting, behavioral science, business administration, HR management, or IT, with the total cost of a degree (including tuition and fees), at $30,400. Graduate students can earn an MBA or MS in accounting or MBA in management online for $11,950 (not including undergraduate prerequisite courses, if needed).  This represents a 51 percent reduction in West's program prices and puts its tuition at approximately half the cost of many other accredited universities.

In addition to affordability, West has improved its online learning approach and the delivery of course content tailored to the needs of busy, working professionals.  West relies on learning theories tailored to self-directed adult learners and builds curricula on the learning principles that working adults value using proven practices from traditional, online and new innovative learning methodologies.  For example, West's eight-week courses are structured to follow a weekly path of "Learn, Practice, Apply."  "Learn" includes a series of short videos and reading assignments found in e-textbooks, followed by knowledge checks designed to help process the content.  "Practice" offers interactive exercise and review quizzes with instant feedback.  And, "Apply" entails engaging with instructors and fellow students online to put the learning into practical context, as well as a completing weekly assignment of a quiz or an essay.  The assignments are structured to help balance the workload over the eight-week term. 

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