Impact always starts with an individual aspiring for more.
An entrepreneur aspiring to change the world with an idea. A data scientist aspiring to improve lives around the world by harnessing the power of big data in new ways. A first-generation college student aspiring to grow their knowledge and network. A working mother aspiring to drive her career forward and be a role model for her children.
Often times, these individuals simply cannot pick up their lives and move to campus to get a degree. Today’s student needs solutions that are affordable, flexible, and supportive enough to enable individuals with diverse life circumstances to enroll and be successful. And students are demanding a high return on investment from their degree. They want to know — is the personal and professional gain worth the expense?
When a world-class university can provide access untethered by geography, aspirations become reality.
More students network with influential thinkers and engage in collaborative learning experiences with their peers. More graduates successfully complete programs with the knowledge, skills, intuitions and behaviors required to perform at the highest levels of their chosen professions. More professionals discover that the long-term personal, financial and professional benefits justify the expense — and hard work — of an advanced degree program.
Unless otherwise noted in this Impact Report, all statistics presented in this Impact Report are from an internal survey of 2U, Inc.'s data completed as of June 30, 2016.
Brittany Berry, Student
Brittany has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair. Aides support her with daily living; she cannot drive and uses a transportation service.
As an MSW@USC student, Brittany is able to attend classes online, which means independence from drivers and aides. She is also able to stay in her own community to complete her field placement. Working with USC and 2U's placement team, Brittany secured a placement in a health facility that is accessible. There, she is able to complete the same tasks as her peers, meeting with residents and their family members, conducting routine assessments and providing the residents with resources.
Mike Silver, Student
"When I first enrolled in this program, my boss and I had an agreement that it would not interfere with my work. He recently noted, 'Not only has this not interfered with your work, but it’s actually enhanced your work.' I previously went to law school and while the experience was positive, I did not receive management training or budget experience. How do you deal with budget cuts? How do you handle monetary concerns within the county or the city? How do you manage a staff of attorneys? These are things I didn’t learn in law school, and that is what MPA@UNC gave me."
Nital Patwa, Student
After graduating, Nital was promoted to the position of “Distinguished Engineer” at Avago Technologies, now known as Broadcom Limited. Only one percent of the company’s staff have held this position and it is one notch below the highest technical position available at the company.
"MIDS was unique in the sense that it covered so much beyond the technical know-how. There was a strong emphasis towards clear communication and messaging – these skills I developed proved valuable."
Kerry Collins, Student
When Kerry decided she wanted to earn her master of social work, she realized she had many challenges to overcome.
She lives in Wyoming, and the closest university is over an hour away from her house over a mountain range, often dangerous to get to over the winter months. She has two children to care for and a husband who had recently become disabled. She had been working for 13 years as a social worker at the bachelor’s level, and she was ready to take the next step. SocialWork@Simmons offered her the flexibility she needed, allowing her to fit her degree into her busy life.