Global Community Impact

Higher education is critical for individual success and economic prosperity, but its impact is much larger than that.

Universities prepare individuals for the jobs that they want and help support the economy we need — but they are also a catalyst for change and have the power to shape the kind of world that we want to live in.

Every day, higher education institutions prepare our best and brightest to enter community-focused fields like health care, social work, teaching, business and public administration.

But graduates leave with more than degrees.

They gain the knowledge, skills, confidence and connections necessary to tackle our most challenging community and global issues. Research has also shown that individuals with degrees are more community-minded, and more likely to volunteer, participate in public life, and vote.1,2

These students are changing their communities for the better — and they no longer have to leave to get the skills they need to better the places they love. It's the nurse practitioner providing crucial health care services to the uninsured and underserved. And the public official using the skills and leveraging the network from his master’s program to shape policy and action in his community. Or the MBA graduate building her technology start-up by day and volunteering for a nonprofit board by night.

But not every student can pick up their life, quit their job, and move to attend a top business school, or nursing school, or engineering school.

Inherent to every university's mission is the desire to reach more students and have an even bigger impact.

Going online without sacrificing quality is pivotal for universities to achieve this goal and drive the world forward with the ideas, solutions, and leaders we need.

1. SOURCE: The College Board. Sandy Baum, Jennifer Ma, and Kathleen Payea. Education Pays 2013: The Benefits of Higher Education for Individuals and Society. 2013.;
2. SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Volunteering in the United States 2015.

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.

Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies

Jody Stubler, Graduate

At the age of 63, Jody graduated from the Nursing@Georgetown program as a family nurse practitioner and cashed out her 401k to fulfill her dream of opening a clinic to treat families without health insurance. Today, her business, the Hope Family Medical Clinic, serves the Salt Lake City community. And her deep connection to Georgetown continues — her clinic currently serves as a placement site for current Nursing@Georgetown students.

Angela Vera-Jackson
Simmons School of Nursing and Health Sciences

Angela Vera-Jackson, Graduate

Angela has been working in health care for more than 20 years. In earning her degree through Nursing@Simmons, Angela has been able to provide family nurse practitioner services to families in underserved areas, some of whom don’t speak English.

"Accomplishing this degree would have never happened if I didn’t have the online option. I have multiple responsibilities that I can’t drop to go on campus. It was the perfect fit."

Michael Calabrese
American University School of International Relations

Michael Calabrese, Graduate

Michael worked as a waiter in New Orleans while studying in the International Relations Online program. Soon after graduating, he began a career in international relations, working in Washington, D.C., for the State Department in the parental child abduction prevention unit.

"For me, the program allowed me to stay at home, take care of my family, and continue working. As soon as graduation happened, I was able to transition to a new career and a new job market in D.C. and really get involved in the area I wanted to be involved in."

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