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Western Governors University

Featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams in their “What Works” segment, WGU is the recipient of the USDLA 21st Century Award for Best Practices in Distance Learning for 2014, awarded in recognition of their success in expanding access to higher education.

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School Name

Western Governors University

General Information

At Western Governors University—a private, nonprofit, online university—your competence is the ultimate focus of every degree program. By emphasizing mastery of essential skills and knowledge as opposed to accumulating credit hours or seat time, WGU’s innovative approach to online learning rewards focused, hard-working adult learners. Progress toward your degree is based on passing rigorous assessments (such as tests, projects, assignments, etc.) which measure your skills and knowledge in your field of study. We call it competency-based learning

WGU offers over 50 degree programs in teacher education, business, information technology, and healthcare (including nursing). These programs are best suited for individuals with at least one year of college experience.

Note: In Indiana, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington, through partnerships with these states, WGU operates as WGU Indiana, WGU Missouri, WGU Tennessee, WGU Texas, and WGU Washington respectively. Students who live in these states will receive information from and ultimately enroll in these state universities.

If you’re an organized, independent learner willing to devote at least 20 hours a week to your studies, but require flexibility in time and place to complete your education, WGU could be the smart choice. As a nonprofit institution, WGU does not rely on state or federal funding and is not subject to review from funding agencies.

Accreditation

Western Governors University is the only university to have received simultaneous accreditation by four regional accrediting commissions. Currently, WGU's "home" accrediting commission is the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the same organization that accredits such leading institutions as the University of Washington, University of Oregon, University of Utah, Brigham Young University, and other public and private colleges. WGU 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). WGU’s Health Informatics program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). WGU's Nursing programs are CCNE accredited.(CCNE, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036, 202-867-6791).

Awards

Featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams in their "What Works" segment, WGU is the recipient of the USDLA 21st Century Award for Best Practices in Distance Learning for 2013, awarded in recognition of their success in expanding access to higher education.

Offered:

Teachers College
The WGU Teachers College offers bachelor’s, post-baccalaureate, and master’s degree programs for licensed teachers and individuals seeking initial teacher certification. As the first exclusively online institution to receive NCATE accreditation, WGU offers respected programs in interdisciplinary studies, mathematics, science, special education, ELL/ESL, instructional design, and other critical education areas.

College of Business
WGU’s business programs emphasize mastery of skills and knowledge that are essential for continued advancement in the competitive business world. A multiple GetEducation.com “Best Buy” winner, WGU offers bachelor’s degrees in business management, marketing, accounting, HR, sales, and IT management; three MBA programs; and a specialized master's degree in management and leadership.

College of Information Technology
In the world of information technology, skills and certifications are everything. With the rigorous, industry-respected IT programs at WGU, get the knowledge and credentials you need to be successful. In fact, several of WGU's IT degrees include multiple industry-respected certifications (incorporated into the program at no extra cost) that will open doors in your career. WGU offers degrees in IT management, software, software development, security and assurance, network administration, network design and management, and health informatics.

College of Health Professions
As the healthcare industry rapidly grows, exciting opportunities grow along with it. Be ready to take advantage of those opportunities with CCNE-accredited*, industry-respected online healthcare and nursing degrees from WGU. Developed by employers for the specific, current needs of the industry, WGU offers degree programs for registered nurses and healthcare professionals who seek the credentials for advancement.

* The nursing degree programs at WGU are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036, 202-867-6791).

Western Governors University is:

Challenging—The ideal student is a motivated self-starter who can commit at least 15 to 20 hours per week to their studies.

Accredited—Western Governors University is regionally accredited.

Affordable and Nonprofit—Tuition is less than half the cost of other reputable online universities. Your tuition goes toward your education, not to shareholders.

Competency Based—WGU offers an innovative learning model, designed for adult learners like you, that measures learning, not time spent in class.

Respected—Your degree coursework is relevant and up-to-date because it’s designed and developed in collaboration with industry experts.

Flexible and Online—With no set class times, you can log in and learn anytime, anywhere.

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