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Tina Wixon earned a bachelor's degree at Western Governors University, and since she enjoys her new career in nursing she is thinking about earning a graduate degree in her field.
Just three weeks into the first quarter of Bellevue College’s pilot competency-based online certificate program for business software specialists, instructors were receiving messages from students, wishing they could take all of their classes in the same mode.
Never mind that at Western Governors University, classes are online only and the more than 1,200 faculty members telecommute from around the country. That setup can provide a more supportive environment for students than many brick-and-mortar institutions do.
There are thousands of dollars in scholarship money that students and parents may not know about, including some at Western Governors University.
Traditional brick-and-mortar education was not a fit for 27-year-old Tyler Harris. He tried attending classes at a few colleges in his native Utah, but didn't find the courses challenging. Then Harris discovered the competency-based program at Western Governors University.
With education fees at record highs, finding a scholarship can lessen the blow.
With a hand from Western Governors University, competency-based education is catching on in Washington State. Bellevue College is offering a certificate in business software was so popular that the two-year college decided to drop its conventional online version.
A recent National Survey of Student Engagement finds that online students gave their experiences and the quality of their education high marks. Notably, WGU's students rated it higher in several key areas than students of traditional in-person institutions.
Western Governors University is named among institutions that are filling the void in providing quality workforce training.
A report from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching examines the role of the credit hour and finds that it remains the best option for a common language in education.
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