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Western Governors University Selects Grammarly as AI Writing Assistance Provider

This joint effort includes the launch of Grammarly’s Writing Score API, enabling WGU students to build critical communication skills to succeed in the modern workforce

May 20, 2024

SAN FRANCISCO—May 21, 2024—Grammarly, the company empowering smarter work for over 30 million people, 70,000 teams, and 3,000 educational institutions, today announced a partnership with nonprofit Western Governors University (WGU), one of the country’s largest providers of online higher education. The partnership addresses the needs of the school’s population of working adult and remote students by providing all students and faculty access to Grammarly’s real-time writing support and Grammarly’s new Writing Score API.

The Writing Score API is Grammarly’s proprietary technology that provides a real-time quality check on any document to support students in submitting their most correct, clear, and engaging writing. The Writing Score API will be available to WGU students later this summer and to the broader education market later this year.

Grammarly has been committed to strengthening everyday writing skills through the productive and responsible use of AI since its founding in 2009. By providing its best-in-class AI writing assistance to all WGU students, Grammarly will help students improve their writing while becoming AI literate, preparing them to communicate effectively and efficiently in their future careers.

“Even in the generative AI–connected workforce, writing is as essential as ever, with knowledge workers spending 19 hours per week on written communication,” said Jenny Maxwell, Head of Grammarly for Education. “To ensure students are prepared to succeed in today’s workplace, they must learn effective writing and editing skills. Grammarly’s partnership with WGU will empower students to improve their writing skills, increase the likelihood of earning a degree, and ultimately maximize their career opportunities.”

With Grammarly’s Writing Score API integrated into WGU’s learning management system, students can upload any written assignment of more than 30 words and get a writing score on a scale of 1–100. This score indicates opportunities to improve spelling, grammar, and syntax, giving students valuable insight to determine whether to make additional revisions with Grammarly or submit as is. The score is based on elements including spelling and grammar correctness, clarity of sentences, variety of word choices, and the tone of the writing.

The feature uses Grammarly’s existing writing score technology—currently only available to customers using the Grammarly Editor—and makes it available in any application. When deployed at scale in higher education, the Writing Score API can serve as a measure of baseline quality for students’ writing, ultimately giving faculty more time to engage with students’ ideas on a deeper level.

“WGU is thrilled to partner with Grammarly and pilot the Writing Score API at scale,” said Debbie Fowler, WGU Senior Vice President, Academic Delivery. “WGU makes higher education

and professional career advancement attainable for everyone by identifying system-wide barriers and investing in solutions to eliminate them. We are excited to embed this in-the-moment feedback into how we teach while our instructors remain student-centric. By incorporating this AI technology, we can provide truly personalized learning and meet students where they are.”

The strategic partnership reinforces the importance of effective communication skills in higher education and beyond. With Grammarly’s AI-powered assistance, WGU students will be better equipped to deliver clear and polished communication in their academic and professional endeavors.

Learn more about Grammarly for Education at

About Grammarly

Grammarly is the world’s leading AI writing assistance company, trusted by over 30 million people, 70,000 professional teams, and 3,000 educational institutions. From instantly creating a first draft to perfecting every message, Grammarly helps people at 96% of the Fortune 500 and teams at companies like Atlassian, Databricks, and Zoom get their point across—and get results—without compromising security or privacy. Grammarly’s product offerings—Grammarly for Business, Grammarly Premium, Grammarly Free, and Grammarly for Education—work where you do, delivering contextually relevant writing support across over 500,000 apps and websites. Founded in 2009, Grammarly is No. 7 on the Forbes Cloud 100, one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential Companies, one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies in AI, and one of Inc.’s Best Workplaces. Learn more at

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