Heidi Simpson of Paonia received a bachelor of arts in special education degree from Western Governors University (WGU). The online, nonprofit university celebrated the recent graduation of more than 15,000 students from across the country.
WGU pioneered competency-based education, which measures learning rather than time spent in class. Designed to meet the needs of working adults, students study and learn on their own schedules with individualized, one-to-one faculty support. They complete courses as soon as they demonstrate that they have mastered the subject matter, enabling them to move quickly through material they already know and spend more time on what they still need to learn. As a result, many WGU students are able to accelerate their studies, saving both time and money.