WGU strongly disputes these findings. In its response to the audit, WGU states that it is fully compliant with the 1992 statutory language regarding instructors; that courses meet the definition of “distance,” not “correspondence”; and that the university is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), which determines when academic staff members are considered faculty.
Many have weighed in on the subject, talking about the need to update our view of education and our public policies. To read more of the coverage, check out this Deseret News article, this Forbes article, this NPR article and this op-ed.
The debate spurred by the WGU audit is an opportunity for all of us to join a crucial conversation about innovation. It’s an opportunity to rethink our definition of education, learning and instruction in both culture and in law.
Sutherland Institute invites you to join the discussion and to ask that lawmakers remove statutory barriers to innovation in education. You can do so by contacting your state legislators, your federal delegation, and the Department of Education during the department’s review period.
You can find the contact information for your elected state and federal representatives here.
Submit comments to Dr. A. Wayne Johnson, COO of Federal Student Aid, by emailing Wayne.email@example.com.