INDIANAPOLIS – WGU Indiana Chancellor Alison Bell has been named a Higher Education Technology Leader finalist in the EdTech Awards 2020. The EdTech Awards is the largest recognition program in education technology that recognizes outstanding contributions in transforming education through technology to enrich the lives of learners everywhere. This recognition honors Chancellor Bell’s visionary leadership where students of all ages, backgrounds and walks of life have the opportunity to achieve their dreams through access to higher education.
“I am humbled to be named a finalist in this national program alongside so many other trailblazers who are creating the tools and opportunities that today’s students need to succeed,” said Alison Bell, Chancellor of WGU Indiana. “Our mission is to create pathways between talent and opportunity and through access to technology and connectivity, anyone with the desire to earn a degree can do so.”
In 2020, Chancellor Bell ushered in WGU Indiana’s 10th anniversary and their 10,000th graduate. Since 2010 and thanks to her unwavering leadership, WGU Indiana has eased the financial burden of higher education for Hoosiers -70% of whom represent underserved populations – by awarding scholarships totaling more than $5 million. These efforts have contributed to a generational shift in higher education where nearly half of all WGU Indiana students have been first-generation college students.
Furthermore, Alison has long advocated for solutions to the nationwide digital divide, where 44% of American households with income under $30,000 don’t have access to broadband services. As communities continue to navigate challenges due to COVID-19, Alison is urging communities and leaders to recognize that equal access to high-speed internet is an essential need by connecting with local groups who are also invested in connectability. She has partnered with WGU’s scholarship team to implement the Online Access Scholarship Program, available to more than 14,800 qualifying students which covers internet installation, monthly access costs and a refurbished laptop in addition to a Resiliency Grant, which can be used for tuition, fees and instructional materials, available to new WGU students battling unforeseen financial challenges and allows them to continue their course of study.
This year, the EdTech Awards is celebrating its 10th anniversary by recognizing the biggest names in edtech – and those who soon will be. The EdTech Awards recognize people—and the products they produce and lives they shape— with three main honors: The EdTech Cool Tool Awards, EdTech Leadership Awards, and EdTech Trendsetter Awards. The list of 2020 finalists and winners can be found here.
“To those moving students forward across K-12, higher education, and workforce learning—in these unprecedented times we hope this recognition brings you some much-deserved joy and light to help see you through. Thank you!” said Editor-in-Chief of EdTech Digest, Victor Rivero.
WGU Indiana is a fully online university and offers more than 60 accredited bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in business, information technology, K–12 education, and health professions, including nursing. For more information on WGU, visit wgu.edu.
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About WGU Indiana
WGU Indiana is an online, competency-based university established to expand access to higher education for Indiana residents. The university offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the fields of business, K-12 teacher education, information technology, and health professions, including nursing. Degrees are granted under the accreditation of WGU, which is accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Teachers College programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), College of Business programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), and nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). WGU Indiana has helped over 10,000 Hoosiers achieve their dream of completing a college degree. Another 5,300 students are currently enrolled. Learn more at www.wgu.edu/indiana.