Innevator Spotlight on Spencer Stewart from Western Governors University

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Spencer Stewart
Chancellor, Western Governors University – Nevada


What does your company do?
WGU Nevada was established in 2015 as a partnership between Western Governors University and the state of Nevada with a unique mission to help Nevadans obtain a quality education. When WGU was established in 1997, the founding governors realized that technology, the internet, and a new model of competency-based education could transform higher education by creating new opportunities for working adults. The mission of WGU Nevada is to expand access to affordable higher education for Nevada residents through online, competency-based programs that address key workforce needs.

What is your role?

Where did you grow up and attend school?
I grew up in Las Vegas and attended school in the Clark County School District.

What brought you to Rob Roy’s Innevation Center?
Nevada launched in 2015, and Rob Roy’s Innevation Center was gracious enough to provide office space for this venture. It’s been wonderful to be surrounded by the collective entrepreneurial mindset within the building.

How has technology changed your business?
Technology is key to a competency-based education model and allows for greater personalization during one’s learning journey. Students progress through courses as soon as they can prove they’ve mastered the material, rather than advancing only when the semester or term ends. If a student can learn faster, spend more time on schoolwork, or lean on knowledge they already have from previous work or school experience, they can accelerate. With 24/7 access to online learning resources to engage with on their schedule, students embark on a learning journey tailored exactly to where their knowledge currently is—and where it needs to be. In addition, faculty members are on hand to provide personalized, one-on-one learning support when it’s needed.

What is your favorite local spot?
Naga -Thai in Henderson

Phone call or text message?
Phone call

Twitter or Facebook?

Who would you most like to have dinner with (dead or alive) and why?
I think my answer to this question changes based on which book I’m reading at the time. Right now, I’m reading Walter Isaacson’s Leonardo da Vinci, so it would be da Vinci.

If you could time travel, would you go forward or backward?
If I’m having dinner with da Vinci I’ve got the past covered, so I would certainly choose going forward in time.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Always be generous.

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