Innovators worth watching: Western Governors University

Now in its third decade, Western Governors University (WGU) has students in every U.S. state and has over 100,000 enrolled students—a 230-percent increase since 2011. This growth is particularly notable given that overall higher education enrollment has declined by over a million students since 2011—a decline concentrated in the adult learner population.

WGU is growing quickly, but is it disruptive? Six questions for identifying disruption—as well as a new paper—help us analyze WGU’s disruptive potential.

1. Does it target people whose only alternative is to buy nothing at all (nonconsumers) or who are overserved by existing offerings in the market?…Read More