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November 22, 2022

Future of Higher Education

OpenPath Newsletter November Edition

WGU OpenPath Newsletter

Removing Barriers to Education for All Learners

Welcome to the November edition of OpenPath. This month, we look at a how higher ed can boost the number of women of color in STEM fields, and why accessibility is critical in education and the workplace.

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Can Higher Ed Rally to Boost the Number of Women of Color in Tech Fields?

Women of color have only a 4% stake in positions in tech fields. Men are still the dominant force, and often an intimidating one that continues to distance females from STEM.


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Why Accessibility Matters, From Education to the Workplace

Accessibility is one of the biggest barriers to higher ed. Although there are legal requirements for schools, accommodations usually meet a bare minimum that often falls short of a good experience.


Mitsu Frazier accepting the 2022 National Black MBA Association® (NBMBAA®) Academic Partner of the Year award

WGU honored with NBMBAA Academic Partner of the Year Award

Western Governors University was recently honored as the 2022 National Black MBA Association® (NBMBAA®) Academic Partner of the Year award.


News We're Reading

University Business: Student Demographics: Big Changes are Forcing Reinvention on Campus

Changing demographics—particularly the growing number of adult learners—are challenging colleges to find new ways to demonstrate their value to ever more cost-conscious consumers.


Diverse Issues in Higher Education: How Higher Ed Can Help Underserved Communities Access Broadband

Prosperity and income increases correlate with the number of broadband subscriptions in an area, whether it’s rural, urban, or suburban, across all demographics, according to recent research.


WGU this month

Current Enrollment: 138,484

Graduates to Date: 299,677

*Data as of October 31, 2022

WGU Student Story

David Ekpezu
B.S. Business Management (2021)
El Paso, Texas

David Ekpezu moved to the United States from a remote village in Cross River State, Nigeria. He is the youngest in a family of eight children and was the first American school graduate in his family and tribe. His motivation once arriving in the United States was to earn a degree so he could help as many people in his community as possible. To date, he has sponsored six children to go to primary school and has officially opened a borehole to provide fresh water to his tribe. His next project will be to build a school for kids aged 4–12 years.

David Ekpezu
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