WGU Named a Top Military Friendly School for the Fifth Year

StaffNews

For the fifth consecutive year, Western Governors University (WGU)—parent university of WGU Tennessee—has been recognized as a Military Friendly® School. The announcement highlights WGU’s mission to expand access to higher-education opportunities to nontraditional students, particularly military members and their families. WGU’s flexible, affordable degree programs are ideal for military personnel and their families, who are often stationed overseas and are frequently required to relocate.

The 2015 Military Friendly® Schools list featured on www.militaryfriendlyschools.com recognizes the top 15 percent of universities, colleges, and trade schools working to provide better education opportunities to active-duty personnel, veterans, and their families. More than 10,000 schools were surveyed for the annual list recognizing the best practices in military education.

WGU’s online, competency-based programs allow students to study, learn, and take proctored exams on schedules that fit their lives, anytime, anywhere there’s an Internet connection. This is vital for military students and spouses. Designed to meet the needs of working adults, WGU’s model, which measures learning rather than seat time, allows students to study and learn at their own pace and  schedule, with constant one-to-one faculty support.

WGU was also recognized for its affordability. Tuition is charged at a flat rate of about $6,000 per year for most programs, regardless of the number of courses completed. As a result, many students accelerate their programs and finish faster, saving both time and money. WGU accepts Veterans Administration (VA) education benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill, and scholarships are offered throughout the year to military students and spouses, helping make WGU even more affordable for those serving our country.

“WGU recognizes the sacrifices our military service members and their families have made through service to our country and is proud to serve them as they improve their lives,” said Gail Iversen, manager of Military and Veteran Benefits at WGU.

WGU offers more than 50 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in business, K-12 teacher education, information technology, and health professions, including nursing. For more information, visit: www.wgu.edu/military-friendly

About WGU Tennessee

WGU Tennessee is an online, nonprofit, competency-based university established to expand Tennesseans’ access to higher education throughout the state. Formed through a partnership between the state of Tennessee and nationally recognized Western Governors University, WGU Tennessee is open to all qualified Tennessee residents. The university offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the high-demand career fields of business, K-12 teacher education, information technology, and health professions, including nursing.

Degrees are granted under the accreditation of Western Governors University, which is accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Teachers College programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).*

In addition to WGU Tennessee, there are four other WGU state-based, state-endorsed universities: WGU Indiana, established in June 2010; WGU Washington, established in April 2011; WGU Texas, established in August 2011; and WGU Missouri, established in February 2013.

For more information, visit the WGU Tennessee website, http://tennessee.wgu.edu/, or call 855-948-8495.

*Western Governors University offers nursing programs that are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 5380, Washington, DC 20036, 202-877-6791).

About Military Friendly® Schools

The Military Friendly® Schools designation process includes extensive research and a data-driven survey of schools nationwide approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding. The survey and methodology are developed with assistance from an independent Academic Advisory Board, composed of educators from across the country. Results are independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media. The survey is free and open to all postsecondary schools that wish to participate. Survey criteria can be found at http://www.militaryfriendly.com, and a complete list of schools is available at http://www.gijobs.com.