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The faculty at WGU is committed to WGU’s unique, student-centric, competency-based approach that places the greatest emphasis on student learning. Because learning at WGU is personalized, we do not use typical online classes that are dependent upon fixed schedules or group pacing. Instead, each student is guided and assisted through a personalized learning experience by faculty and staff serving in different capacities:
For each student, the primary faculty support is a personally assigned Program Mentor, formerly known as Student Mentors. The role of the Program Mentor is to provide program instruction, coaching, and support from the moment an individual becomes a student to the time he or she graduates. More specifically, Program Mentors:
This support involves regularly scheduled academic progress conversations weekly and active involvement in other aspects of the student’s academic career. While not an expert in all subjects, the Student Mentor guides the student through the overall program and offers coaching, direction, and practical advice.
The members of WGU’s Course Faculty are subject matter experts who instruct and support students as they engage specific sections of the WGU curriculum. Their experience and advanced training is specific to the courses they support. They are knowledgeable and can address any issue that might arise related to a course, a learning resource, or an assessment. Specifically, Course Faculty members:
The type and intensity of instructional support varies based on the needs of each student in a particular course, from help with specific questions that arise to more fully engaged tutorial support.
WGU’s Program Faculty is made up of academic experts who can serve in multiple roles, including as program managers, assessment and curriculum developers, and academic program council members. Specifically:
These faculty members work alongside the Course Faculty and Program Mentors to facilitate student learning and success.
Evaluators are subject matter experts tasked with reviewing assessment submissions in a fair and unbiased manner to determine if competency has been demonstrated. As established professionals within their fields, they bring years of hands-on experience and training to the position. Specifically, they:
Evaluators are dedicated professionals who recognize the purpose of WGU’s competency-based model and understand the importance of providing clear and comprehensive feedback to support student development.
As of June 30, 2017, WGU employs 2,436 full-time and 782 part-time faculty members, each serving in one of several faculty roles.
WGU's headquarters are located in Salt Lake City, Utah, and the university has offices in Phoenix, Arizona; Indianapolis, Indiana; Seattle, Washington; Las Vegas, Nevada; Austin, Texas; St. Louis, Missouri; and Franklin, Tennessee. Many of WGU’s faculty and staff, however, work from their homes.
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