The Online University for Tennessee
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.
A Unique History in Higher Education
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.
At the Heart of It All, Our Mission:
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.