Accredited and Nationally Recognized
Regional accreditation: the highest form of accreditation
Western Governors University is accredited by The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), a regional accreditation body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the regional authority on educational quality and institutional effectiveness of colleges and universities in a seven-state region that includes WGU’s headquarters state of Utah. NWCCU provides the accreditation of many 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 Teachers College at Western Governors University (WGU Texas’ parent institution) is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). NCATE is the premier specialized accrediting body for teacher preparation and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
WGU’s bachelor’s and master’s nursing degree programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791).
WGU’s Health Information Management program is now accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
What Accreditation Means to You
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:
- You are assured a basic level of quality in education and services.
- Your credits are more likely to be transferable to other accredited institutions.
- You earn a degree that is more likely to be recognized by colleges and employers as a legitimate credential.
Questions and Answers
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Should I care about accreditation?
Absolutely. Accreditation by a regional commission that’s recognized by the U.S. Department of Education is important. It’s your proof that outside evaluators have carefully reviewed an institution’s programs and policies. Many businesses, school districts, and other organizations prefer to hire graduates of programs that are regionally accredited. Regional accreditation also allows you to transfer more easily to other universities and assures employers that you’ve earned a credible, respected degree.
Why is WGU’s regional accreditation important?
Regional accreditation means that WGU’s competency-based programs meet the same educational standards for performance, integrity, and quality as those found at other more traditional universities, from large state schools to Ivy League universities. Regional accreditation bodies—in WGU’s case, the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)—are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the authorities on educational quality and the effectiveness of institutions in their geographic areas. WGU’s accreditation comes from NWCCU because its region includes WGU’s headquarters state of Utah.
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Mark Madrid, Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GAHCC) President and CEO
“GAHCC supports WGU Texas’ model of a competency-based, mentor-guided education that helps adult learners who juggle work and getting a degree.”