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WGU serves students who may not otherwise attend or succeed in college. “We won't rest” until it is accessible for all.
WGU pioneered a skill-based degree that combines learning with business needs. Our partners are key to building the workforce.
The average WGU graduate spends far less on school, yet earns more than graduates from typical U.S universities.
Even among college graduates, WGU degree holders have strong salary and unemployment outcomes. The graph below compares salaries for WGU bachelor’s degree graduates, the average U.S college graduate and non-degree holders.
*Data from the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics (2020) and a WGU Institutional Research Graduate Survey (2019)
The average WGU graduate increases their pre-enrollment salary by $11,800 within two years of graduation. This change increases to $20,300 after 4 years. This is significantly higher than the national average of $8,200 after 4 years.
*Data from a 2019 Harris Poll survey of 1,437 new college graduates nationwide compared with a 2019 survey of 1,247 WGU graduates.
WGU’s unique competency-based model has created a workforce that delivers results in their industries. According to a QLIT Employer Satisfaction Survey of direct supervisors, 97% of employers are satisfied with WGU graduates, compared to an average of 84% of employers of graduates from typical U.S Universities
*Data from a 2019 QLIT Employer Satisfaction Survey & a 2019 Harris Poll Survey of 300 WGU Graduate Employers
1. Access to lifelong learning.
2. Affordable learning opportunities.
3. Relevant, attainable programs connected to work.
4. Recognition for learning—regardless of where they (L)earned It.
5. Modernized, common-sense approaches to licensure & regulations.
From its founding, WGU has been and continues to be driven to design solutions to answer the critically important question: What do students need? Our mission at WGU is to improve quality, access, and outcomes in education and create pathways to opportunity. We now have an obligation to share with state policymakers our best public policy recommendations to address the nation’s education and workforce development issues. The WGU State Policy Playbook shares the five central public policy lessons learned through our history of serving students, in that today’s students need:
Access to lifelong learning
Affordable learning opportunities
Relevant, attainable programs connected to work
Recognition for learning—regardless of where they (L) earned it
Modernized, common-sense approaches to licensure & regulations
The Public Policy Playbooks are data-driven guides for WGU’s policy positions. They focus on student outcomes in higher education and are designed to assist policymakers as they create and enact exemplary public policy.
Policy briefs are short research-based summaries, options and recommendations for a public policy issue. They present clear and concise rationale for WGU’s positions on relevant topics and are tailored for policymakers to receive the most information possible with their limited time.
Our unique, competency-based model delivers bachelor’s degrees at 1/5th the cost of the average U.S bachelor’s degree, yet, WGU bachelor degree holders also average high starting and lifetime salaries.