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October 21, 2021

Future of Higher Education

IgnitED Newsletter October Edition

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Sharing Innovative Approaches to Higher Education

We hope you’re enjoying beautiful autumn days! In this issue, we’re highlighting a growing group of EdTech gamechangers, how data analytics is helping underserved learners, and an opportunity to participate in the development of a common language of workforce skills.

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College Innovation Network Doubles Membership with New Cohort

The College Innovation Network (CIN)—a group of higher ed institutions pursuing better EdTech solutions—announced a second cohort of members that will help give insight into the challenges faced by underserved learners.

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Leveraging Analytics to Close DEI Access and Attainment Gaps

Recently, WGU Vice President of Advanced Analytics Adam Cota wrote about how the university is using data analytics to help close the achievement gap for our most vulnerable students.

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Open Skills Network (OSN) Launching Next Phase of Skills Collaborative Projects

After a strong pilot program in Spring 2021, the OSN is accepting applications from organizations that want to participate in the development and adoption of Rich Skills Descriptors and open skills libraries across industries. Deadline to apply is Nov. 1, 2021.

News We're Reading

Hechinger Report: Researchers Say “Digital” Redlining Exacerbates Broadband Access

As online schooling plays an increasingly large role in education, researchers say more work needs to be done to understand and address why some families have a harder time accessing the internet.


Harvard Business Review: Imagining the Hybrid College Campus

With overall enrollment falling by 3% from fall 2019 to fall 2020, and with future enrollment projections trending downward, many colleges will need to adjust the way they do business if they are going to survive financially. 

WGU Statistics This Month


Current Enrollment: 129,575

Graduates to Date: 239,888

*Data as of September 30, 2021

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