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FORWARD

The University of Wyoming is moving forward into the future, dynamically adapting to a changing world while retaining the best of the past.

UW is adapting in ways large and small. The College of Business has relaunched the entrepreneurship major and minor—open to non-majors as well—with new coursework and improved curriculum. Along with that, the John P. Ellbogen $50K Entrepreneurship Competition and the Wyoming Technology Business Center are fostering a thriving ecosystem of startups to boost Wyoming’s economy. An active learning initiative within the UW Science Initiative is helping students to learn better and to learn more, as well as teaching teachers how to use it in their classrooms.

UW is all in for technological innovation, creating university infrastructure, supporting cutting edge research, offering courses in machine learning and blockchain, establishing a yearly hackathon, and fostering K–12 computer education across the state. Behind the scenes, more effective human resources management software, HCM, is helping UW to become more efficient. Ethics initiatives across campus prompt students to think deeply about their impact on the future, which will help create a better world.

These are just a few of the ways UW is proactively crafting its future.

It’s paying off. The UW Department of Geology and Geophysics is rated a No. 1 best value in the nation by College Factual, an online college information service for students. Also making the list of top programs are Communication and Journalism (No. 8), English (No. 17), and History (No. 4). UW’s Online MBA is a top program on the U.S. News and World Report list, and the online professional child development program is ranked second by the Bachelors Degree Center.

The university as a whole is ranked No. 1 for return on investment by Student Loan Hero, which helps students with their student loans. Our students report a 95% satisfaction rate. They pay one of the lowest tuitions in the nation, and more than half graduate with no student debt—23% fewer than the national average. They have more interaction with faculty, receive more encouragement, and spend more time preparing for class, according to the National Survey of Student Engagement.

You are right there with us. You are the reason these students have what they need to succeed. It’s your support of UW’s students, faculty, and programs that helps move us forward, providing the resources necessary to successfully meet tomorrow’s challenges.

Private giving to the University of Wyoming during fiscal year 2019 totaled $41.8 million, and there are now 1,533 endowments that directly support UW’s teaching, service, research, and outreach. This sets UW’s five-year fundraising average at $50.8 million.

FY 2019 was another successful year in raising private support for UW while also strengthening the university through prudent investment and financial management. The public-private partnership of the university and its donors helps ensure that the University of Wyoming has the resources necessary to continue to honor Wyoming’s trust.

After much deliberation and consultation with donors and campus, we’ve decided to combine the endowment and facilities report and the annual report into one, which more efficiently and effectively communicates this year’s accomplishment to donors. The time frame of the endowment report is also necessarily transitioning from the calendar year to the academic/fiscal year (July to June). These changes will result in cost savings and more efficient collection and dissemination of information.

If you have questions regarding this report, please contact us at foundation@uwyo.edu or (307) 766-6300 or tollfree (888) 831-7795. On behalf of the University of Wyoming, we would like to offer our sincerest appreciation for your generosity.

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