News Brief - 2/22/17 Online, nonprofit university honored for tenth and sixth consecutive years KENT Two national publications again honored Western Governors University (WGU) for helping meet the educational needs of the nation’s armed forces community. Military Advanced Education & Transition named WGU a Top School for the tenth straight year. Additionally, Victory Media recognized the online, nonprofit university as a Military Friendly institution for the sixth consecutive year. Those honors acknowledge WGU’s proven ability to deliver accredited degree programs to service members and their families via a flexible and accessible learning model. Headquartered in Kent, WGU Washington is the state-based affiliate of WGU. With a current, annual enrollment of approximately 10,000, more WGU students live in Washington than any other state in the nation. Nearly 1,000 of the university’s current students about 10 percent are active-duty military personnel, dependent family members, or veterans. Learn more about WGU Washington’s military and veteran benefits at http://washington.wgu.edu/military and by following @WGUWashington on social media. “My education at WGU has already started to pay dividends,” said Leroy Bryan, a WGU Washington graduate who earned a degree while serving in the United States Navy. “I have become a better leader and manager. I am able to empathize with the leadership and better understand the decisions they make. I can truly say WGU Washington has made me a better sailor – and a better person.” WGU Washington uses an innovative approach to earning a degree that’s well-suited to members of the military community. It’s called competency-based education (CBE) and measures learning rather than time spent in class. Students earn their degrees by demonstrating mastery of the subject matter needed to succeed in their chosen field. Designed to meet the needs of adult learners, CBE allows students to take advantage of their knowledge and real-world experience to move quickly through material they already know so they can focus on what they still need to learn. While WGU Washington’s degree programs are rigorous and challenging, competency-based learning makes it possible for students to accelerate their programs, saving both time and money.