There are an estimated 37 million Americans who have some college credit but no degree — and Western Governors University is trying to change that. The nonprofit online school is challenging many traditional concepts about higher education with a new approach aimed to help adult students finish college.
And after 15 years in existence, the school is catching on.
Sherrie Shackleford lives outside of Bloomington, Ind., in a small condo with her 9-year-old daughters, Aubrey and Alissa. Aubrey says she was glad when her mom decided to go back to college.
"It's kind of exciting, 'cause she gets to go to school again," she says, "and I'm proud of her."