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An Online University Turns 15

7/16/2012 1:18 pm

Did you know that airplane pilot training was the inspiration behind WGU’s unique competency-based model for online education?

Did you know the idea for WGU was sparked at a brainstorming meeting among the Western Governors Association in Park City, Utah, in the early 1990s?

Did you know that press coverage in the early days speculated that WGU would never get off the ground, with headlines like "Is Cyberspace School a Virtual Flop?" and "Online Classes Virtually Empty"?

Did you know that WGU’s first commencement celebrated a graduating class of one?

The story of WGU’s first 15 years is one of hard work, innovation, and perseverance—and faith that all those things would pay off. Not much different from the stories of WGU’s 16,000+ graduates, when you think about it.

Check out this video and share the story of WGU’s first decade-and-a-half with your friends and family. And let us know in the comments below what new tidbits you learned about WGU’s history—and what you found most interesting.

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