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WGU Nevada is an online, competency-based university designed to expand access to higher education for Nevada residents. Established by the state of Nevada in partnership with Western Governors University, WGU Nevada is designed to serve the needs of Nevada citizens. WGU Nevada offers more than 50 accredited bachelor’s and master’s degrees in high-demand career fields.
The principal goal of WGU Nevada is to open doors to higher education for adult learners through:
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WGU is regionally, NCATE, and CCNE* accredited. WGU is also a USDLA Best Practices in Distance Learning Award recipient.
*The bachelor's and master's degree programs at WGU are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791).
WGU Nevada is Nevada's only competency-based university, leveraging a unique approach to education pioneered by our parent institution, Western Governors University (WGU), which was founded by 19 U.S. governors in 1997, including the Governor of Nevada.
As part of a partnership with the state of Nevada, WGU provides the curriculum, learning resources, mentoring, and student services for WGU Nevada.
What this means for WGU Nevada students:
WGU Nevada was established in 2015 as a part of Western Governors University with a unique mission to help Nevadans obtain a quality education. When WGU was established in 1997, the founding governors which included the governor of Nevada realized that technology, the internet, and a new model of competency-based education could transform higher education by creating new opportunities for working adults.
The mission of WGU Nevada is to expand access to affordable higher education for Nevada residents through online, competency-based programs that address key workforce needs.
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"Trying to cherry-pick college courses at brick-and-mortars didn’t really work so well. Then I found WGU online and it wound up being too perfect, especially since it was competency-based. I would not have my degree and would still be in school today if I had not chosen WGU."
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Student learning is the primary focus of the faculty at WGU Nevada and the parent institution Western Governors University. Because of our unique student-centric, competency-based approach, faculty serve in different roles compared to traditional schools and other online schools. Read more.
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Because your professional success is our goal. If you’re seriously considering an
online degree program, you want high-quality academic content that’s relevant to
your career, tuition that’s affordable, flexibility that fits your lifestyle, and
a strong support system to help you stay on track. These are the critical attributes
of WGU as a nonprofit university founded by the governors of 19 U.S. states to
expand educational access for the working adult.
The "competency-based" approach benefits you in two ways. First, you know you’re
being trained to be competent in your field. You want high-quality academic content
that’s relevant to your career. We make sure you know your stuff. Second, the approach
lets you advance as quickly as you can demonstrate your competence through our rigorous
assessments. It really is a "Show me what you know" approach that lets you take
advantage of knowledge you already possess. You can use this knowledge, work hard
in your program, and accelerate your time to completion. You could save both time
and money. An Enrollment Counselor can explain this approach further.
"The principal mission of Western Governors University is to improve quality and
expand access to post-secondary educational opportunities by providing a means for
individuals to learn independent of time or place and to earn competency-based
degrees and other credentials that are credible to both academic institutions and
"We help our students achieve their dreams for a degree and career success by providing
a personal, flexible, and affordable education based on real-world competencies."
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."
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"The dreams of 19 governors have become [WGU Grad Angie Gonzalez's] dream fulfilled." — Tom Costello
NBC Nightly News
"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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