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As we close the calendar on another year, we wanted to take a look back at all the news stories that made 2014 such a banner year for WGU.
The biggest stories, of course, were each individual student’s successes, struggles, and victories. This year alone, 11,345 Night Owls—and counting—have earned their degrees—and you’d be hard-pressed to tell any of them that one of the stories below is bigger news than their accomplishment.
Still, there was a lot of big news for the university as a whole—for our whole student body, our alumni, prospective students, faculty, and staff—so we wanted to find out what stories topped the list this year.
More than 130 Night Owls completed our survey, and the results below show the 10 biggest milestones and events of 2014. Which would you have placed at the top?
10. Four new degree programs: M.S. in Management and Leadership, B.S. in Software Development, Master of Accounting, and MAT English
9. Enrollment tops 50,000
8. USDLA recognizes WGU with 21st Century Best Practices in Distance Learning Award
7. WGU produces the most STEM teaching graduates in the U.S.
6. Military Advanced Education and G.I. Jobs both name WGU a top school for military members, veterans, and their families
5. Gallup finds WGU leading the way with students feeling well-supported and encouraged by a personal mentor
4. Teacher-prep program named #1 in the nation
3. Two recognitions for overall value: “Best Value School” by University Research & Review and No. 1 best value in online college degrees by OnlineU
2. White House recognizes WGU as an example of what works in postsecondary education
1. Another year with no tuition increase!
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