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Thursday, April 16, 2015

WGU Named 'Best Value School' by University Research & Review for Second Consecutive Year

For the second consecutive year, nonprofit online Western Governors University has been recognized by University Research & Review as a "Best Value School," one of only 13 universities to receive the award this year.

According to UR&R's founders, the Best Value School Award is "not a ranking system" and is designed to recognize institutions that provide a great value for their students. Awardees are chosen by a selection committee made up of academicians and entrepreneurs, who consider nominees on a case-by-case basis rather than relying on a one-size-fits-all metrics system.

"When we originally learned about WGU, we were impressed with the many positive comments from its students," said L. Joseph Schmoke, UR&R founder and CEO. "As we dug deeper and learned more about the university, we soon saw the reason for the high praise: the affordability, innovative model using competency-based education, and support for its students. These reasons, among others, are why UR&R named WGU a Best Value School again this year."

More than 17 years ago, WGU pioneered competency-based education, which focuses on measuring learning rather than time. Instead of logging hours in classes with set times, students can move quickly through material they already know so they can focus on what they still need to learn. As a result, many students are able to accelerate their time to graduation--the average time to complete a bachelor's degree at WGU is less than three years.
For more information about the Best Value Award, visit

Source: Utah Pulse