"Regional accreditation is the gold standard for college and university accreditation in the U.S., and renewal of our accreditation reaffirms the quality and effectiveness of competency-based education at WGU," said WGU President Scott D. Pulsipher.
WGU, which serves busy adult students, pioneered competency-based learning for higher education. Competency-based education (CBE) is ideal for adult students with work experience and prior education. It allows students to study and learn on a schedule that fits their busy lives, moving quickly through material they have already learned, focusing more time on learning new material. Faculty members work with students individually, providing regular coaching, mentoring, and instruction. Because students can advance as soon as they demonstrate mastery of course subject matter, many are able to accelerate, saving both time and money.
Established in 1997 by 19 U.S. governors with a mission to expand access to high-quality, affordable higher education, online, nonprofit WGU now serves 79,000 students nationwide and has more than 75,000 graduates in all 50 states. Driving innovation as the nation's leading competency-based university, WGU has been recognized by the White House, state leaders, employers, and students as a model that works in postsecondary education. In less than 20 years, the university has become a leading influence in changing the lives of individuals and families, and preparing the workforce needed in today's rapidly evolving economy. WGU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, has been named one of Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies, and was featured on NPR, NBC Nightly News, CNN, and in The New York Times. Learn more at www.wgu.edu.
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SOURCE Western Governors University