Western Governors University describes itself as “education without borders”.

The fully online university is the nation’s first and largest competency-based university designed to give all students access to the education they need to compete for work in our rapidly changing economy. It’s been hailed as one of the most innovative higher education models in the country, one that is evolving with the times.

Scott Pulsipher, President, WGU (Photo: WGU)

“Talent and opportunity are abundant, but the pathways between the two are not universally available,” says Scott Pulsipher, President of WGU. “So, we specifically align the learning outcomes of our programs and curriculum to map to the competencies and skills needed in the workforce.”

WGU was founded in 1997 by a group of governors from several western states to answer the question: How can we ensure more of our residents have greater access to a college education that fits their schedule?

In this episode of Work in Progress, Pulsipher and I discuss how WGU continues to fulfill that mission while making certain that the education WGU students are getting is preparing them for the future of work.

We hope you enjoy the conversation.

Episode 118: Scott Pulsipher, President, Western Governors University
Host: Ramona Schindelheim, Editor-in-Chief, WorkingNation
Producer: Larry Buhl
Executive Producers: Joan Lynch, Melissa Panzer, and Ramona Schindelheim
Engineer: Daniel Tureck
Music: Composed by Lee Rosevere and licensed under CC by 4.0.

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