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WGU Texas is a nonprofit, online university designed to expand access to higher education for Texas residents. Established by the state of Texas through a partnership with nationally recognized Western Governors University, WGU Texas offers more than 50 accredited undergraduate and graduate degree programs in high-demand career fields.
WGU Texas expands access to higher education for adult learners by providing:
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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 Texas is the state’s only competency-based university, leveraging an innovative approach to education pioneered by our parent institution, Western Governors University (WGU). Western Governors University was founded in 1997 by 19 U.S. governors, including former Texas Governor and U.S. President George W. Bush.
As part of a partnership with the state of Texas, Western Governors University provides the curriculum, learning resources, mentoring, and student services for WGU Texas.
WGU Texas offers Texans:
WGU Texas was established in 2011 with a mission to help Texans complete high-quality bachelor’s and master’s degrees affordably and without disrupting their lives. When Western Governors University was established in 1997, the founding governors realized that technology, the internet, and a new model of competency-based education could transform higher education by creating new opportunities for students who, because of jobs, family, or geography, do not have access to more traditional colleges and universities.
The mission of WGU Texas is to expand access to affordable higher education for Texas residents through online, competency-based degree programs that address key workforce needs.
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"WGU Texas is blazing a trail to bring innovative, competency-based education to more Texans, ensuring they are well equipped to take on 21st century workforce demands."
CEO, Texas Association of Business
Student learning is the primary focus of the faculty at WGU Texas and its 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 (WGU Texas' parent institution) 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 spent years trying to finish a degree, but WGU Texas took away all the obstacles—I love the nonprofit status, tuition is reasonable, and being competency-based I could use my experience without having anything to slow me down."
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