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Western Governors University is accredited by The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), a regional accreditation body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the regional authority on educational quality and institutional effectiveness of colleges and universities in a seven-state region that includes WGU’s headquarters state of Utah. NWCCU provides the accreditation of many other major institutions, such as the University of Washington, University of Oregon, Gonzaga University, University of Utah, University of Idaho, and Brigham Young University, to name just a few.
The Teachers College at Western Governors University (WGU Nevada's parent institution) is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). NCATE is the premier specialized accrediting body for teacher preparation and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
WGU's bachelor’s and master’s nursing degree programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791).
WGU’s Health Information Management program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
A quality education is the key to future success. That’s why accreditation should be a primary consideration when choosing a university. By enrolling in one of WGU’s regionally accredited degree programs:
Absolutely. Accreditation by a regional commission that’s recognized by the U.S. Department
of Education is important. It’s your proof that outside evaluators have carefully
reviewed an institution’s programs and policies. Many businesses, school districts,
and other organizations prefer to hire graduates of programs that are regionally
accredited. Regional accreditation also allows you to transfer more easily to other
universities and assures employers that you've earned a credible, respected degree.
Regional accreditation means that WGU’s competency-based programs meet the same
educational standards for performance, integrity, and quality as those found at
other more traditional universities, from large state schools to Ivy League universities.
Regional accreditation bodies—in WGU’s case, the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)—are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the authorities on educational quality and the effectiveness of institutions in their geographic areas. WGU’s accreditation comes from NWCCU because its region includes WGU’s headquarters state of Utah.
Find out why fast company calls WGU one of the world's 50 most innovative companies, CNN says we're "a school without boundaries", and major news outlets from NPR to Bloomberg BusinessWeek are touting WGU's "potential to transform the higher education industry."
"I'm impressed by the results in places like Western Governors University. Its low-cost online programs rely on competency-based progression, not class time or credit hours. It uses external assessments to evaluate student proficiency."
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