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Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Nonprofit Spotlight: WGU | A new type of U: WGU Nevada makes its mark in the Silver State | Northern Nevada Business Weekly

"For some, education has many hurdles, two big ones being time and money. WGU Nevada tackles these obstacles as a new type of university for a new you."

Robert Ostrea
Community Relations Manager – Nevada

WGU Nevada is an online, competency-based university designed to expand access to higher education for Nevada residents. Established by the state of Nevada in partnership with Western Governors University (WGU), WGU Nevada offers more than 50 accredited bachelor’s and master’s degrees in high-demand career fields such as business, K–12 teacher education, information technology and health professions, including nursing.

“WGU Nevada is a practical higher ed option for today’s professional workforce,” said Spencer Stewart, chancellor of WGU Nevada. “Because our online platform is more readily available and affordable than traditional universities, students are able to achieve their education success on their own time and often for less money.”

By relying on the flexibility and speed of online coursework, students can complete their education at their own discretion. At WGU Nevada, students leverage the power of online learning to make their program as flexible as they need it to be. This means being able to balance work, family and community obligations while completing their studies.

WGU Nevada turned today’s traditional education model on its head by creating a competency-based system where students are not stuck in minimum credits or a minimum amount of seat time. Instead, students can gauge their educational success by working on competencies and completing evaluations to show they have mastered the idea or skill rather than complete a course or a module in a specific time constraint.

At WGU Nevada, students are celebrated for what they know, expediting the learning process and helping those students enter the workforce or advance in their current positions.