Western Governors University began as a bold experiment to create a completely online university—a place where learning is self-paced and the institution’s value is measured not by the profiles of its incoming freshmen, but the career success of its graduates. As the COVID-19 pandemic forces colleges and universities across the country into a virtual learning environment, we talk to Scott Pulsipher, president of the nation’s largest online competency-based university.
Are we sending too many people to college or not enough? How can we better equip all learners with the education and skills they need for today’s jobs, and tomorrow’s? What role should business and government play in transforming education after high school? In each episode of Lessons Earned, Ben Wildavsky and colleagues from Strada Education Network sit down with educators, employers and policymakers who are challenging the status quo and exploring bold new ideas to help millions of Americans navigate between learning and earning.