Expanding Access for the 21st-Century Learner
Work, family obligations, military deployments, lack of college readiness, mental and emotional barriers—these are just a few of the things that keep today’s would-be students from going for the credential that could benefit their careers, their lives, and their families. Helping students overcome barriers like these is exactly why WGU was created.
Increasing Attainment: Graduation Data
Access without attainment does not deliver on the promise of higher education. To measure whether we’re expanding access, we must measure growth in credentials earned.
Since WGU enrolled its first student over 20 years ago, the university has been data-driven and student-obsessed. We measure student progress, retention, completion and satisfaction, and we even poll employers of our graduates to get feedback on graduate preparedness and performance. These metrics help us identify needed innovations and improvements and inform new efforts.