SALT LAKE CITY, April 7, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With exclusive scholarships, tuition discounts, and a generous transfer policy, Western Governors University (WGU) is a great value for community college graduates and staff seeking a bachelor's or master's degree. Alumni and employees of nearly 300 community college partners who enroll in WGU can apply for scholarship opportunities and will also receive a 5% tuition discount for up to four terms.
WGU is accepting applications for the WGU Community College Partner Scholarship, a competitive scholarship valued at up to $2,000 per student (applied at the rate of $500 per six-month term for up to four terms). WGU will award the scholarships to new students enrolling in any of its more than 50 bachelor's and master's degree programs in business, information technology, teacher education, and health professions, including nursing. The scholarship is open to new WGU students who have been officially admitted to WGU. While multiple scholarships will be awarded, it is a competitive program, and scholarships will be awarded based on a candidate's academic record, financial need, readiness for online study, and current competency, as well as other considerations. To learn more about the scholarships or to apply, visit www.wgu.edu/college.
"Nearly half of WGU students who started in an undergraduate degree program last year transferred from or had previous experience at a community college," said WGU Vice President of Enrollment and Admissions Daren Upham. "We find graduates and staff from these community colleges make excellent students and benefit greatly from our competency-based model and one-on-one support from faculty mentors."
WGU's innovative approach to learning, called competency-based education, measures learning rather than time spent in class. Students earn their degrees by demonstrating mastery of the subject matter they need to know to be successful—real-world competencies developed with employer input. Designed to meet the needs of adult learners, competency-based education allows students to take advantage of prior knowledge to move quickly through material they already know so they can focus on what they still need to learn.
WGU faculty members work one-on-one with students as mentors, offering guidance, support, and individualized instruction. While WGU's degree programs are rigorous and challenging, competency-based learning makes it possible for students to accelerate their programs, saving both time and money.
Established in 1997 with a mission to expand access to high-quality, affordable higher education, WGU now serves nearly 70,000 students nationwide and has more than 60,000 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. It has become a leading influence in changing the lives of individuals and families, and enabling 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. WGU's 2015 Annual Report is now available online.
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