Marni talks about WGU's expansion while they've personalized the learning experience at scale. She discusses the interesting concept of factored graduate return while detailing WGU's laser focus on access and degree attainment for low-income students and students of color. Marni speaks the truth when she says that students need to be released from the term-based structure of higher education and the physical restraints that come with an on-ground attendance requirement. She further discusses why reducing friction, which can be complemented with the right technology, is essential for students to stay engaged with their learning. Finally, Marni discusses WGU's community of care, and the critical piece of longitudinal mentors.
As Provost & Chief Academic Officer at Western Governors University, Dr. Marni Baker Stein is accountable for driving the University’s focus on academic quality and student success. Stein has over 25 years of experience designing and scaling programs to improve access, affordability, and student success. Prior to joining WGU, she worked for educational institutions in the U.S. and abroad on the development and administration of pioneering high school, undergraduate, graduate, continuing, and professional programming models delivered through competency-based, online, and hybrid formats. These institutions include The University of Texas System, Columbia University in the City of New York, The University of Pennsylvania, The University of California Santa Barbara, Pennsylvania State University, SUNY Buffalo (Latvia), and the United States Information Agency (Turkey, Japan).
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