October 11, 2010 | | Leave a comment The online school Western Governors University (WGU) has grown from 5,000 students in 1997 to 20,000 enrollees today with tuition averaging approximately $6,000 per year, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The university uses computer simulation to educate its students. Furthermore, professors mail laboratory experiments and places students in teaching or clinical settings near their residence. “People have a lot of things going on in their lives these days. They are too busy to attend brick-and-mortar classes," says Greg Fowler, associate provost for development and program management at WGU. "About 80 percent of our students have a job, and 70 percent of them work full-time." The online college offers bachelor's and master's degrees in the university's teaching, business, information technology and health schools. Each program is organized into a mentor model, through which students have access to experts who hold the highest degree in their field of study. According to a 2009 study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, students who attained a bachelor's degree earned an average $1,137 per week.