Press release from the United States Department of Labor announcing the awarding of $10 million in grants to increase access to technology-based learning. WGU received $500,000 of this pool of grant money.
On January 24, 2009 the Chairman and Co-Founder of Sun Microsystems, Inc. and the Chairman of Sun Federal, Inc. Scott McNealy was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa. WGU President Dr. Robert Mendenhall introduces Utah Governor Michael O. Leavitt, who in turn introduces McNealy. Mendenhall confers the honorary doctoral degree. This commencement was held at Kingsbury Hall in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Press release announcing the partnership between the California Governor's Task Force for the California Nurse Education Initiative, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), Tenet Health Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and WGU to develop the nation's first accredited, on-line baccalaureate degree nursing program.
Letter from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) granting "accreditation of the baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master's degree program in nursing at Western Governors University." This letter is dated May 21, 2009 but the accreditation is retroactive to the November 19, 2008 CCNE site visit of WGU.
Press release from WGU, published on "Nurses.com," announcing a $500,000 grant from the Texas Workforce Commission and a pilot program for the nation's first competency-based Bachelor of Science, Nursing leading to RN licensure set to begin in Texas in the Fall 2009.
On July 11, 2009, President Emeritus of Washington State University, Dr. Samuel H. Smith was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa. WGU President Dr. Robert W. Mendenhall conferred the honorary doctoral degree. This commencement was held at Kingsbury Hall in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Reporter Tom Costello of "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams" takes a close look at WGU as a flexible, cost-effective, accredited university for working adults who want to return to college to improve their employability. The segment features two WGU graduates, Angie Gonzalez and Scott Saunders, who realized their dreams.
Expert from the conference report pertaining to WGU. WGU was appropriated $600,000. Complete text of the title page: "111th Congress, 1st Session, House of Representatives, Report 111-366, Departments of Transportation and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010, Conference Report, to Accompany, H.R. 3288, December 8, 2009. - Ordered to be printed."