WGU Nevada Press Resources

2016 Annual Report
Chancellor Spencer Stewart's Biography
President Scott Pulsipher's Biography
President Emeritus Bob Mendenhall's Biography

If you are interested in writing about WGU Nevada or would like to interview a WGU Nevada representative, please contact:

Joan Mitchell
Vice President of Public Relations

Facts and FAQs

What is WGU Nevada?
Created through a partnership between the State of Nevada and nationally recognized, nonprofit Western Governors University, WGU Nevada is an online, competency-based university offering affordable, high-quality degree programs for working adults in the state.

Why did the governor establish WGU Nevada?
Currently, there are more than 300,000 Nevadans who have completed some college but no degree. A trained and educated workforce is vital to the state’s economy, and WGU Nevada provides another high-quality option for adults who wish to complete a bachelor’s or master’s degree in high-demand areas such as K–12 teacher education, healthcare, business, and information technology. WGU Nevada is designed to meet the needs of busy adults who, due to work and family obligations, may not be able to attend a traditional, brick-and-mortar university. WGU Nevada adds affordable capacity to Nevada’s higher education system at no cost to the state.

How was WGU Nevada created?
A memorandum of understanding (MOU) created a partnership between Western Governors University and the state that established WGU Nevada as part of the state’s higher education system.

How is WGU Nevada funded?
Initial funding for the startup of WGU Nevada was provided through a $2 million grant from USA Funds. After startup, WGU Nevada will be self-sustaining on tuition and will require no state funding.

Are WGU Nevada students eligible for financial aid?
Like all of WGU’s students, those living in Nevada are eligible for federal financial aid. In addition, many scholarship opportunities are available—last year WGU awarded more than $3 million in need-based scholarships nationwide.

Is WGU Nevada accredited?
WGU Nevada operates under the accreditation of Western Governors University, which is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Degrees are granted under WGU’s current accreditation.

How is WGU Nevada governed?
A wholly controlled subsidiary of Western Governors University, WGU Nevada is led by a Nevada-based chancellor. WGU Nevada works under the guidance of an Advisory Board including corporate, community, and education leaders from the state.

Before the launch of WGU Nevada, did WGU, a national university open to residents of all 50 states, already have students in Nevada?
Yes, at the time of WGU Nevada’s launch there were more than 900 students in the state, and more than 850 Nevadans had already graduated from WGU.

If WGU was already available to Nevada residents, why establish WGU Nevada?
Prior to the creation of WGU Nevada, a large number of Nevada residents had never heard of WGU. The establishment of WGU Nevada allowed us to commit resources to increase statewide awareness of the university and its programs, making college degrees more accessible to Nevadans. In addition, a state-endorsed, locally based university enhances credibility among students and employers.

WGU Facts

  • WGU is a nonprofit, online university established in 1997 by 19 U.S. governors to expand affordable access to higher education.
  • WGU serves students not well served by traditional colleges and universities. The average age of WGU students is 37, nearly 75% of students work full time, and more than 70% are classified as underserved in one or more of four categories: ethnic minority, low income, rural, or first-generation college student.
  • WGU offers nearly 60 online, competency-based degree programs in the high-demand career fields of business, information technology, K-12 teacher education, and health professions, including nursing.
  • WGU's online, competency-based model is designed for busy adults who must balance work, family, and financial obligations. It allows them to set their own study schedules and move quickly through material they already know so they can focus on what they still need to learn.
  • WGU faculty members serve as mentors, working one-on-one with students to guide them through their coursework and support their learning.
  • WGU's degree programs are developed in collaboration with representatives from relevant industries and academia and are reviewed regularly to ensure that they are up-to-date and relevant.
  • WGU's tuition is about $6,000 per 12-month year for most programs. It is charged at a flat rate and has not increased since 2008.
  • Terms at WGU are six months long, and students may begin on the first day of any month.


View a WGU Nevada Brochure (pdf).

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