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Adults seeking higher education bring with them the skills, knowledge, and experience they've developed over years of work and learning. Yet most traditional institutions of higher education do not recognize these talents.
WGU's competency-based education accounts for the real-world experiences that adult learners carry with them. We meet students where they are and assist them in their journey to develop the skills and knowledge needed to advance in their careers.
There are 36 million Americans who have some college experience, but no degree. This statistic represents a crisis in higher education. At a time when employers struggle to find qualified candidates, we cannot ignore the millions of people who are passionate about getting ahead but whose life circumstances do not fit the traditional model of higher education.
At WGU, we are committed to changing the higher education landscape to better serve the 21st-century learner and to help more people get access to higher education.
As a pioneer in the development of innovative technology models to support student success, WGU is well-positioned to connect institutions with innovation in order to advance student academic, career, and life outcomes. Through internal and external collaborations, WGU is accelerating advances in new technological, systems, process, and learning ideas that better meet the needs of all students, especially those who have been overlooked in the past.
Created as a way to bring ideation and incubation under one roof, WGU Labs is both an idea engine and a testing ground, focused on solving tough educational problems by rapidly designing, testing, and refining effective learning solutions.