WGU Earns 12th Consecutive Best of State Medal for Best Online Education in Utah
For the 12th consecutive year, Western Governors University (WGU) has been awarded Utah's Best of State medal for "Best Online Education." The annual Best of State Awards Gala, which had been planned for July 15 at the Salt Palace, was canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
With more than 123,000 enrolled students nationwide and on military bases around the world, WGU is headquartered in Utah, where nearly 8,000 students and 14,000 alumni live and work. Founded in 1997 by 19 U.S. governors, including former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt, WGU currently employs 2,127 Utahns.
Presented annually, the Best of State awards recognize outstanding organizations and businesses in Utah. Nominations are reviewed by more than 100 judges and are evaluated based on three areas: achievement in the field of endeavor, innovation or creatiity, and contribution to improving the quality of life in Utah.
Established in 1997 by 19 U.S. governors with a mission to expand access to high-quality, affordable higher education, online, nonprofit WGU now serves more than 123,000 students nationwide and has more than 190,000 graduates in all 50 states. Driving innovation as the nation's leading competency-based university, WGU has been recognized by the White House, state leaders, employers, and students as a model that works in postsecondary education. In just 22 years, the university has become a leading influence in changing the lives of individuals and families, and preparing the workforce needed in today's rapidly evolving economy. WGU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, has been named one of Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies, and has been featured on NPR (News - Alert), NBC Nightly News, CNN, and in The New York Times. Learn more at www.wgu.edu.