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WGU Tennessee is a nonprofit, online university created to expand access to higher education for Tennessee residents. Established by the state of Tennessee through a partnership with nationally recognized Western Governors University, WGU Tennessee offers more than 50 accredited undergraduate and graduate degree programs in high-demand career fields.
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WGU has been different since the very beginning. We were designed in 1995 by 19 U.S. governors whose driving goal was to break the mold of traditional higher education and come out on the other side with something new, something innovative: something that harnesses technology to teach in new ways, focuses on measuring learning rather than time, and provides more Americans the opportunity to build their careers and better their lives by finally finishing that bachelor's or master's degree they need to achieve their goals.
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 employers.
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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 Tennessee is Tennessee'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 Tennessee.
As part of a partnership with the state of Tennessee, WGU provides the curriculum, learning resources, mentoring, and student services for WGU Tennessee.
What this means for WGU Tennessee students:
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 19 U.S. Governors 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 and 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
“In the next five years, more than half of the jobs in Tennessee will require post-secondary school credentials. WGU Tennessee will fill a critical gap in our higher education landscape.”
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