WGU is focused on student and graduate success

Focus on Student Learning & Success

In addition to knowing that the university you attend is accredited, it is important to know that you will learn the things you need to know to be successful in your career. At WGU, we are focused on your learning.

Collegiate Learning Assessment

The Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) is a national exam that measures higher-order skills, such as critical thinking and written communication. In 2012-2013, 155 institutions participated in the CLA.

  • WGU seniors scored higher than 80% of participating institutions.
  • WGU's value-added score, measuring incremental learning, was higher than 89% of participating institutions.

Employer Acceptance

WGU students graduate with degrees that prepare them to succeed in their careers.

Employer Satisfaction (2013 Survey of Employers by Harris Interactive)

  • 99% said that WGU graduates meet or exceed expectations; 96% said WGU graduates exceed expectations.
  • 98% said they would hire another WGU graduate.
  • 97% rated WGU graduates’ job performance as good as or better than the job performance of other graduates; 57% rated it better.
  • 100% said that their WGU graduates were prepared for their jobs; 88% said that they were very well or extremely prepared.

Graduates reporting that the majority of competencies learned in college related directly to their work:

  • 84% of WGU graduates
  • 85% of WGU graduates are employed in their degree field

Employed WGU graduates report a net increase in annual income, compared with income prior to enrollment.

  • 2010-2012 graduates reported a net increase of $9,000, on average.
  • 2006-2009 graduates reported a net increase of $18,600, on average.

The university's current 13-month retention rate (the percentage of students who return after their first year) is 79%; the average for U.S. public colleges and universities is 73%.

WGU graduates hold responsible positions in many major companies throughout the U.S.

Graduates of WGU’s Teachers College can be found in almost every major public school district in the U.S. A number of WGU graduates have been recognized for their work through awards and grants.

WGU Performance in 2013 National Study of Student Engagement (NSSE)

NSSE is a national survey that measures student engagement. In 2013, the NSSE polled over 350,000 students from 613 institutions. Senior-level students rated WGU significantly higher than other institutions in the following key areas:

  • Quality of interactions with faculty—9% higher
  • Academic support—9% higher
  • Challenging coursework—14% higher
  • Hours spent studying—14% higher
  • Acquisition of job-related knowledge and skills—9% higher
  • Willingness to attend the same institution again—28% higher
  • Rating of entire educational experience—19% higher