Western Governors University
Western Governors University (WGU) is nonprofit private university that promotes competence in every degree program offered. WGU focuses on a mastery of the necessary skills and knowledge in specified career fields. Your degree completion progress is measured by periodic assessments, called competency-based learning, instead of accumulation of credit hours. This rigorous but flexible educational approach makes the university unique when compared to other online programs. It also allows you to personalize your degree program and gain only the skills and knowledge you need to become successful. You will have the support of a dedicated mentor to guide you as you progress through your program right up until graduation. WGU offers bachelor and master degree programs in business, education, information technology, and health professions.
WGU provides lower tuition costs because you pay a flat fee every six months regardless of how many competency areas you attempt. If you can complete the assessments at a faster rate, you can save time and money and complete your degree faster.
Western Governors University has received two International Distance Learning Awards from the U.S. Distance Learning Association.
The idea for Western Governors University was developed in 1995 at a bipartisan meeting of the Western Governors Association. Nineteen governors, led by Roy Romer, former governor of Colorado, Michael O. Leavitt, former governor of Utah, and Jim Geringer, former governor of Wyoming developed the idea with the goal of addressing the issues of rapid population growth and limited public education funds. The university’s purpose was to maximize the use of distance learning technologies and to employ a competency-based curricula. WGU was chartered in 1996, established as a nonprofit private institution in 1997, and began enrolling students in 1999.
WGU has thrived to become a national university with more than 12,000 students from all 50 states and still remains an innovative, non-bureaucratic institution. It is continually praised for its competency model.
Western Governors University is the only university to have received simultaneous accreditation by four regional accrediting commissions.
- Western Governors University’s “home” accrediting commission is the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
- Western Governors University is accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) nationally.
- Western Governors University is the first online university to receive NCATE accreditation for its degree programs that lead to teacher licensure from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
- Western Governors University’s Health Informatics program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
- Western Governors University’s Nursing programs are accredited by CCNE.
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