Core Themes

As part of the accreditation self-study process, WGU submitted a NWCCU (Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities) self-study that highlighted the following three core themes:

Core Theme 1: Use a competency-based approach to prepare the nation’s education, IT, business, and health professionals with the core knowledge, skills, and dispositions essential to performing their professional responsibilities. 

Core Theme 2: Provide accessible and affordable academic programs through the use of technology that allows students to progress and complete their program requirements independent of time or place.

Core Theme 3: Provide academic programs to prepare traditionally underserved students for relevant professional careers in the 21st century workplace.



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