Salt Lake City, Utah (100% online)
Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's
A repeat Best Value School Designee, every adult considering enrolling in an online degree program should take a close look at Western Governors University (WGU), one of the most innovative schools we’ve seen. Two things stand out, besides the very reasonable cost, and they are: competency-based learning and the overwhelmingly positive reviews this school receives from its students and graduates.
Competency based learning means you progress through your courses based on what you can demonstrate you’ve learned rather than the time you spend sitting in a classroom. This is perhaps a quality versus quantity argument, and more than 80,000 students support it. This is a school for those who are focused on attaining a respected credential and are willing to dive in and go get it.
Degrees in business, computer science/IT, education and nursing are popular. Nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Education programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.