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What is Western Governors University? This is the most common question that I receive. The simple answer is, WGU is an online, competency-based higher education institution that promises students a high-quality, low-cost education. But there is so much more to the WGU story. My name is Chris Bonnell and I am the host of Sage Advice, a new podcast from Western Governors University. I’ve spent the past eight years sharing this story with legislators and community leaders across the country. And now, through the Sage Advice podcast, I share it with you. I’m sitting down for conversations with my esteemed colleagues at Western Governors University and experts across the industry. Together, we will share the stories of who WGU was designed to serve, how we are making education work for everyone, and why we proudly claim to be the most student-centric university in the world. Follow us wherever you get your content so you don’t miss a single episode, and stay tuned for Sage Advice from WGU.

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What is Western Governors University? This is the most common question that I receive. The simple answer is, WGU is an online, competency-based higher education institution that promises students a high-quality, low-cost education. But there is so much more to the WGU story. My name is Chris Bonnell and I am the host of Sage Advice, a new podcast from Western Governors University. I’ve spent the past eight years sharing this story with legislators and community leaders across the country. And now, through the Sage Advice podcast, I share it with you. I’m sitting down for conversations with my esteemed colleagues at Western Governors University and experts across the industry. Together, we will share the stories of who WGU was designed to serve, how we are making education work for everyone, and why we proudly claim to be the most student-centric university in the world. Follow us wherever you get your content so you don’t miss a single episode, and stay tuned for Sage Advice from WGU.

    Reflections on Season 2: The Evolving Workforce and Future of Higher Education

    Reflections on Season 2: The Evolving Workforce and Future of Higher Education

    Welcome to the final episode of Season 2. Join our Sage Advice hosts, Chris Bonnell and Emma Salomon, for this series’ wrap-up episode.Join Chris and Emma as they revisit some of their favorite moments, such as:- Teaching students market-ready skills- Preparing the next generation of cyber security experts - Combatting the teacher shortage and the nursing shortage- Empowering students from diverse backgrounds- Developing microskills Chris Bonnell is the Vice President of External Af...

    • 41 min
    How to Navigate Your Professional Career with Dr. Adaira Landry and Dr. Resa Lewiss, Authors of MicroSkills

    How to Navigate Your Professional Career with Dr. Adaira Landry and Dr. Resa Lewiss, Authors of MicroSkills

    Welcome to this episode of Sage Advice. Host Chris Bonnell is joined by Dr. Adaira Landry and Dr. Resa Lewiss, the authors of the new book MicroSkills: Small Actions, Big Impact. Join them as they:- Discuss the concept of microskills- Delve into the importance of mentorship and support- Explore the importance of taking initiativeDr. Adaira Landry is an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School with almost a decade of experience mentoring students and early-career professionals. She is an ...

    • 39 min
    Propelling Students to Achieve in the Workforce with Dr. Lisa Herring, President of PROPEL

    Propelling Students to Achieve in the Workforce with Dr. Lisa Herring, President of PROPEL

    In this episode of Sage Advice, host Emma Salomon is joined by Dr. Lisa Herring, President of PROPEL and strategic advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Education. Join them as they:- Discuss Dr. Lisa Herring’s journey from administrator to president of PROPEL- Discuss the importance of preparing students for the workforce- Speak on the challenges of staffing and how to combat them- Explore competency-based education and its benefits for individual studentsDr. Herring has a career in educatio...

    • 40 min
    The Future of Workforce Development: Navigating Skills-Centric Learning with Sarah DeMark

    The Future of Workforce Development: Navigating Skills-Centric Learning with Sarah DeMark

    In this episode of Sage Advice, host Chris Bonnell is joined by Sarah DeMark, Vice Provost of Workforce Intelligence and Credential Integrity at Western Governors University (WGU).Join them as they:- Discuss Sarah’s transition from traditional education to skills-centric learning- Delve into skills-based education, stackable credentials, and meeting workforce demands- Talk about transparency, value, and educational ROI for students- Discuss the unique approach of WGU in embracing skills-based...

    • 39 min
    The Future of Learning Through Disruptive Innovation with Michael Horn

    The Future of Learning Through Disruptive Innovation with Michael Horn

    In this episode of Sage Advice, host Chris Bonnell is joined by Michael Horn, co-founder of Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation.Join them as they:- Discuss how Yale and Harvard Business School led Michael to the Clayton Christensen Institute- Dive into what disruptive innovation means in education and how it’s already happening at WGU- Talk about disruptive innovation and its inherent inclusivity- Explore AI and its exciting possibilities in education, including individual...

    • 32 min
    Future-Proofing Careers: Adopting a Skills-Based Approach to Higher Education with Kacey Thorne

    Future-Proofing Careers: Adopting a Skills-Based Approach to Higher Education with Kacey Thorne

    In this episode of Sage Advice, host Chris Bonnell is joined by Kacey Thorne, Senior Director of Skills Architecture at Western Governors University. Join them as they:- Highlight the importance of skills in a rapidly changing job market- Explore aligning educational models with workforce demands and how WGU is leading the way in skills-based hiring- Explain the need to make degrees more valuable through a skills-based approachKacey has been at WGU for eleven years and currently operates...

    • 38 min

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