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WGU: Making an Impact

Talent is universal, but opportunity is not.

The mission of Western Governors University is to change lives for the better by creating pathways to opportunity for all learners. We are the nation's largest nonprofit university, offering rigorous, online, competency-based bachelor's and master's degree programs

Our efforts are not only aimed at improving the outlook for our own students. 

We want to change the landscape of higher education and make it a more accessible, equitable, and outcome-based option for every learner, no matter where or how they choose to learn.

WGU is committed to addressing the urgent issues faced by learners and higher education institutions right now. 

We seek to understand these challenges and then partner with academic institutions, community organizations, industry leaders, and policymakers to overcome the barriers that keep people from continuing their studies, advancing their careers, and improving their lives.

WGU is a leader in advocating for equitable education policy.

Our Policy Playbook and issue-specific policy briefs explain the barriers many students face in pursuit of a degree and provide recommendations on how to remove those barriers through policy action. 

Issues We Care About

Find out how we’re working to improve higher education and join us as we make an impact on the lives of all learners.


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