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October 12, 2022

Future of Higher Education

IgnitED Newsletter October Edition

IgnitED newsletter by WGU

Sharing Innovative Approaches to Higher Education

Welcome to the October edition of IgnitED by WGU. This month, we look at how access to technology and device training can improve student outcomes, ways institutions are preventing contract cheating, and a new appointee to the WGU board of trustees. 

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Higher Ed Device Programs Spur Student Success and Improve Retention

Andrea Nelson, regional senior partnership manager at WGU, participated in a recent webinar to talk about WGU’s initiatives to improve connectivity for its students.


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Institutions across the globe set to observe International Day of Action Against Contract Cheating

The day is intended to create awareness and spark the prevention of contract cheating, which essentially occurs when a student outsources their academic work to a third party.


Kerry Healey

Kerry Healey Appointed to Western Governors University Board of Trustees

WGU announced the appointment of Kerry Healey to its board of trustees. Healey is a leader in higher education and public policy and brings skills and determination to advise WGU as it fulfills its mission of creating pathways to opportunity and economic mobility for all.


News We're Reading

PBS News Hour: How higher ed is trying to improve student performance with data

College leaders nationwide are increasingly looking to harness data, especially about their students, to make strategic and cost-effective decisions.

Higher Ed Dive: Why aren’t people going to college?

Many of those who didn’t enroll or complete degrees say college was too expensive — but they also cite stress and career uncertainty, new research finds.

WGU This month

Current Enrollment: 131,724 
Graduates to Date: 293,496 

*Data as of Aug. 31, 2022

WGU Student Story

James Stith 
M.A. Science Education Biology (2016) 
Newcastle, Wyo.

James Stith is passionate about creating opportunities for students to experience science in different ways, especially through hands-on learning. To do this, he developed an outdoor summer education program that teaches ecology and geology in a place-based setting. He and his school’s close-knit science department have also established and mentored smaller groups throughout the school year to allow students to explore subjects such as photography, caving, and radio. 

James has presented at state, regional, and national conferences for mathematics and science education. He has even worked with the Wyoming NASA Space Grant Consortium to launch several weather balloons and support pre-service teachers through a program called Project LIFT. After he earned his degree at WGU, James was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Education.

James Stith
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