Within the next five years, over half of jobs in Tennessee will require postsecondary credentials beyond a high school degree. With this in mind, the Governor has set the goal of increasing the percentage of Tennesseans with a postsecondary credential from 32% to 55% by 2025. As a state, we cannot reach this ambitious goal without serving our adult population that has completed some college coursework, but did not obtain a degree. WGU Tennessee fills a critical gap in our postsecondary landscape.
- Competency-based learning - In a competency-based model, students receive credit for the skills that they have learned as opposed to the number of hours they sit inside a classroom. This is especially important for adults, because it shortens the time to graduation, which averages 35 months for a bachelor's degree at WGU.
- Staffing model – There are three unique staffing roles within WGU, which allow for a more personalized and comprehensive educational experience: (1) faculty members who serve as student mentors, (2) course mentors who serve as subject matter experts, and (3) evaluators who objectively grade student work.
- The university offers bachelor's and master's degrees in four key workforce areas: business, information technology, health, and teacher education