Western International University Recognized for Workplace Flexibility and Effectiveness

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Western International University awarded the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Award.

Western International University (WIU) was named a winner of the 2009 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility Thursday, June 11, 2009, distinguishing the employer as a leading practitioner of workplace flexibility in Phoenix and across the nation. This is the second consecutive year that WIU has received the award.

WIU was recognized at its Phoenix and Scottsdale campuses as Sloan Award winners and their Chandler campus received an honorable mention for this prestigious national award.

The Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility are awarded as part of the When Work Works project, an ongoing initiative of Families and Work Institute, the Institute for a Competitive Workforce (an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce), and the Twiga Foundation. Through When Work Works, these partner organizations provide research, resources, and recognition to employers nationwide, and share the results of research on creating effective and flexible workplaces that meet the needs of the 21st century.

The Sloan Awards recognize organizations that are dedicated to making work "work" for both the employer and the employees. Representing employers of all sizes and all types, winners of this prestigious award not only offer excellent workplace flexibility practices, but they also use flexibility as a strategic business tool to enhance organizational effectiveness while also benefiting employees.

"Western International University has a tradition of providing flexible options for both our students and our staff. We are honored to receive the Alfred P. Sloan award for workplace flexibility again this year. Western International University enrolls students throughout the United States and from around the world. By allowing our employees freedom to perform their jobs in ways that meet their varying needs, we also better serve the needs of our global marketplace. Our workplace environment is highly supportive of our staff and therefore enables us to provide outstanding service, helping to create the highest quality education for our students," said Alan Drimmer, Ph.D., President of Western International University.

Applications for the Alfred P. Sloan Awards were open to all organizations throughout the nation with more than 10 employees that had been in business for at least one year. Applicants were evaluated in a rigorous two-step process, first comparing the employer's application to nationally representative data from Families and Work Institute's National Study of Employers, and then corroborating the employer responses through a survey of employees.

About Western International University
Western International University (WIU) prepares students to achieve success as leaders of a dynamic, global marketplace. Our associate, bachelor, and master degree programs are designed specifically to meet the needs of adult students. Classes are offered oncampus and live or recorded through WIU Interactive Online to provide the flexibility needed to balance work, family, and community commitments. WIU students thrive on our personal attention and the strength of our rigorous programs, while appreciating our convenient service and our intensive, 2-month course schedules.

Western International University offers courses oncampus at its main campus, located at 9215 N. Black Canyon Highway in Phoenix, as well as its campuses in Scottsdale, Chandler, Peoria, and Ft. Huachuca. Programs are also offered onsite at leading organizations throughout the Valley, and online live or recorded through WIU Interactive Online. The University's parent company is the Apollo Group. Western International University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. For more information, call 602- 943-2311 or visit the WIU Web site at http://www.west.edu/

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