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January 27, 2023

Future of Higher Education

OpenPath Newsletter January Edition

OpenPath newsletter by WGU

Removing Barriers to Education for All Learners

Welcome to the January edition of OpenPath. This month, we look ways higher education can flip the script on value, how WGU was ahead of the pandemic curve, and the different ways to use an education degree. 

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Ways Higher Education Can Flip the Script on Value

Education remains the surest path to opportunity, but for it to live up to its promise as an equalizer and engine of social and economic mobility, institutional business models need to evolve to create tangible value for America’s diversity of learners.


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Podcast: The Future of Higher Education

Jennie Sanders, vice president of faculty experience and academic services, recently discussed how WGU was ahead of the pandemic curve on the U.S. Distance Learning Association’s podcast Higher Ed Without Borders.


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The Many Types of Education Degrees: How to Pick Your Path

One common misconception about education degrees is that they're only useful for future classroom teachers. Stacey Ludwig Johnson, senior vice president and executive dean of WGU’s School of Education, offers different career options that call for education skills.


News We're Reading

Higher Ed Dive: Most Colleges Don’t Provide Accurate Financial Aid Offers, Federal Watchdog Says

The U.S. Government Accountability Office recommended Congress pursue legislation that would require institutions to give clear, standardized information.

Forbes: How Data Can Help Ensure College Completion Rates Rise

For years, "student success" and the best avenue to enable and support it has been debated in nearly every corner of the higher education community.

WGU Student Story

Daniel Creed
B.S. Cybersecurity and Information Assurance (2018)
MBA Information Technology (2020)
Plainfield, Illinois

Two-time WGU graduate Daniel Creed continues to excel in the cybersecurity field. He is currently building, supporting, and maturing the Infrastructure Security Program across the enterprise for Meta. His past positions include chief information security officer for Paradigm, global director of information security for TransUnion, and hybrid security leader at Wells Fargo. Daniel also volunteers in his local community, teaching robotics to high school students as part of the US FIRST Robotics program.

Daniel Creede
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