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100,000 Graduates in 21 Years – WGU Marks New Milestone
NEVADA — Just one week after the 21st anniversary of its founding, Western Governors University (WGU) is passing another milestone—100,000 graduates. The online, nonprofit university established by 19 U.S. governors has grown to become one of the nation’s largest universities, offering competency-based bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in business, K-12 education, information technology, and health professions, including nursing.
“WGU graduates could fill this year’s Super Bowl stadium more than one and a half times,” said WGU President Scott D. Pulsipher. “And, the impact extends well beyond our graduates—to their families, to their employers, and to their communities. About 40 percent of our graduates are the first in their family to complete a college degree, so these degrees have the potential to change families’ lives for generations. It’s exciting to consider what the impact will be as we continue to add thousands of new graduates every year.”
Because of its focus on quality, accessibility, and affordability, WGU is able to serve working adults—effectively meeting students where they are, allowing them to study and learn on schedules that fit their busy lives. WGU pioneered competency-based education, which measures learning rather than time spent in class. Students can apply prior learning and experience, moving quickly through what they already know while taking the time they need on what they still need to learn, with regular, individualized faculty support. Rather than waiting for the end of a semester to complete courses, which are developed in collaboration with employers, students advance as soon as they demonstrate mastery. As a result, many WGU students are able to graduate sooner, saving time and money—the average time to a bachelor’s degree is about two and a half years.
About WGU Nevada
WGU Nevada is an online, nonprofit, competency-based university established to expand Nevadans’ access to higher education throughout the state. Formed through a partnership between the state of Nevada and nationally recognized Western Governors University, WGU Nevada is open to all qualified Nevada residents. The university offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the high-demand career fields of business, K–12 teacher education, information technology, and health professions, including nursing. Degrees are granted under the accreditation of Western Governors University, which is accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). WGU’s Teachers College programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and its nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)*.
In addition to WGU Nevada, there are five other WGU state-based, state-endorsed universities: WGU Indiana, established in June 2010; WGU Washington, established in April 2011; WGU Texas, established in August 2011; WGU Missouri, established in February 2013; and WGU Tennessee, established in July 2013. For more information, visit the WGU Nevada website, www.nevada.wgu.edu, or call 877-214-7005.
*Western Governors University offers nursing programs that are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 5380, Washington, DC 20036, 202-877-6791).