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Expanding Access to Quality Education


As a university, WGU won't rest until everyone has access to education. This means continually innovating for the benefit of students and developing education pathways that provide opportunity and promote lifelong skill development. WGU's academic organization and faculty is built around student needs, placing the student at the center of everything we do. 

"I’ve long admired WGU’s bold commitment to empower each student with a personalized, affordable, and career-advancing postsecondary education. WGU is uniquely poised to equip students to thrive within today’s rapidly evolving workforce.”

—Courtney Hills McBeth 
Chief Academic Officer and Provost

Graduation Is The Goal


Access without attainment does not deliver on the promise of higher education. To measure whether we're expanding access, we must measure growth in credentials earned.

Source: 2023 Annual Report

The 5-year compound growth rate for graduates was 22% in 2023.

Making College Work—For Everyone


Providing equitable access to populations historically not well-served by higher education is the first step toward closing the opportunity gap and ensuring our collective resilience. These populations include students from communities of color, low-income families, rural locations, and/or families in which previous generations did not attend college. According to self-reporting at the time of enrollment, 74% of WGU’s students come from at least one of these populations.*

*Source: 2023 Annual Report

In 2023, 74% of WGU students came from one or more underserved populations: 21% of students were from low-income households, 33% of graduates were historically underrepresented races and ethnicities, 17% were from rural residents, and 43% of students were first-generation college students.

Recognized for Innovating


WGU is recognized year after year as a leader in higher education. Our people take pride in making a difference by providing value to our students and offering high-quality programs and courses. Working with industry partners, developing a robust competency-based education program, and developing strategic innovations to bring educational access to more students are just some of the ways we are focused on making a difference.

WGU Councils


Assessment Council

As a competency-based education institution, the core of our practice is to prove competency through assessments, not time spent in a class. To maintain WGU’s credential value, we partner with our Assessment Council to advance innovation and integrity in our assessment and evaluation processes.

Current Assessment Council members:

Randy Bennett
Norman O. Frederiksen Chair in Assessment Innovation
Ph.D., Columbia University

C. Victor Bunderson
Professor, Instructional Psychology & Technology
Brigham Young University
Ph.D., Princeton University

Peter Ewell
Vice President
National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS)
Ph.D., Yale University

Brian Gong
Executive Director
Center for Assessment
Ph.D., Stanford University

Neal Kingston
Distinguished Professor in Educational Psychology,
Director Achievement and Assessment Institute
University of Kansas
Ph.D., Columbia University

Sue Lottridge
Chief Scientist
Natural Applications at Cambium Assessment
Ph.D. James Madison University

Ric Luecht
Professor of Education Research Methodology
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Liberty Munson
Director of Psychometrics
Ph.D. University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign

Donna L. Sundre
Executive Director, Center for Assessment and Research Studies (retired)
James Madison University
Ed.D., University of North Carolina - Greensboro

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