Western Governors University Garners Best Value Award


Started in 1997 by 19 western US governors, Western Governors University (WGU) has been getting a lot of attention lately including receiving a “Top Ten Best Buy” award from GetEducated.com. Recognizing the value of WGU’s business program, GetEducated says that the school’s BS in Business Administration is an excellent buy.

Best Value Online

Online education allows students to connect remotely with their school. Western Governors University is proving that online education need not be expensive

Online education allows students to connect remotely with their school. Western Governors University is proving that it need not be expensive.

An online only learning institution, tuition for WGU’s College of Business programs is just $2,890 per six-month term, or $23,120 for four years. In addition, because WGU relies on a competency model to track student learning, those students with previous experience can often finish their schooling at a faster pace which means that they’ll pay even less to receive their degree. That arrangement easily provides the best savings among all online institutions of higher learning.

According to Vicky Philips, GetEducated’s founder, who began rating online colleges 20 years ago, students should compare cost and other benefits carefully before enrolling in online education. “Western Governor’s is a fairly new university, so many may not know the name. Trust me, this will soon change. One of the best online educational values in these hard economic comes from this little known university. Here is a university that has been engineered from the ground up to serve a new generation of learners.”

Tuition Well Below What Others Charge

Without identifying the University of Phoenix by name, rather mentioning it as the largest for-profit college (which it is), GetEducated noted that it costs students $64,000 to complete their business program although the most expensive online business degree costs $103,000.

Cost however, is not the only thing that differentiates WGU. “WGU is a competency-based university,” explains Phillips. “The university does not award degrees based solely on course attendance. A student’s progress is determined instead by his or her ability to pass rigorous assessments that measure actual skills acquired as the student move through their online degree program. This type of system helps ensure competent college graduates. Traditional universities have a great deal to learn from WGU.”

MBA Program Worth Exploring

GetEducated has previously given high marks to WGU’s Masters in Business Administration (MBA) program as well, citing similar cost savings when compared to other schools.

Source: GetEduated.com

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