Western Governors University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), one of the major accrediting commissions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Regional accreditation is considered the highest form of accreditation given to institutions. The Northwest Commission is also responsible for the accreditation of other major institutions such as the University of Washington, University of Oregon, Gonzaga University, University of Utah, University of Idaho, and Brigham Young University, to name just a few.
The WGU Teachers College is the first exclusively online university to receive NCATE accreditation for its degree programs that lead to teacher licensure from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The NCATE accrediting team extensively reviewed the entire WGU Teachers College curriculum to ensure that "candidates have the knowledge and skills to be effective in helping all students learn." NCATE is the premier specialized accrediting body for teacher preparation and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. It accredits colleges of education that produce over two-thirds of the nation’s new teacher graduates annually. Read more about the NCATE accreditation.
The bachelor’s and master’s nursing 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’s B.S. Health Information Management program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
All of WGU's College of Business bachelor's and master's degree programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), a leading specialized accreditation association for business education. ACBSP accredits business, accounting, and business-related programs at the associate, baccalaureate, master, and doctorate degree levels worldwide. The accreditation focuses on recognizing teaching excellence, determining student learning outcomes, and a continuous improvement model. Institutions with programs accredited by ACBSP are committed to continuous improvement that ensures business programs deliver students the skills employers want.
WGU has the distinction of being the only university to receive regional accreditation simultaneously from four regional accrediting commissions. In part because of our founding by the governors of 19 U.S. states, which encompass a wide geographic region, WGU was simultaneously reviewed by a special committee—the Inter-Regional Accrediting Committee—comprised of representatives from four regional accrediting commissions. In February 2003, the committee awarded WGU accreditation in all four regions, an extraordinary recognition that had never before nor since occurred. The Northwest Commission is considered WGU’s “home” accrediting body because the university’s main offices are located in Utah, which falls under the review of the commission. WGU still continues to be an institution with a broad focus and a mission to expand access to higher education. The university serves students in all 50 states and military installations abroad.
Accreditation status can give you an indication of a university’s general quality and reputation. According to Peterson’s, a premier educational resource, by attending a regionally accredited university:
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