2U partners with great colleges and universities to build what we believe is the world’s best digital education. Our platform provides a comprehensive fusion of technology, services and data architecture to transform high-quality and rigorous campus-based universities into the best digital versions of themselves. 2U's No Back Row® approach allows qualified students and working professionals around the world to experience a first-rate university education and successful outcomes. To learn more, visit 2U.com.
No Back Row® is also our corporate philosophy: the idea that every person counts; each person is and feels included; and when we each lean in and do our part, we are better individually and collectively. This philosophy is fundamental to the learning experiences we create with our partners and is at the core of the company we are building. Motivated by the common goal of reimagining education, we work in an environment that promotes innovation, creativity and excellence.
When I tell my family and friends that I just spent part of my week filming a music video in my driveway, most of them don’t bat an eye.
Since I co-founded 2U in 2008, I have personally created a music video that defines the spirit of 2U. The video is curated in complete secrecy and is unveiled at our annual company meeting – an event where we gather full-time 2Utes from around the world to strategize, align and celebrate for the year ahead. Over the years, there have been many interesting scenes – not to mention costumes – in my driveway.
This year, I chose the song “Glorious” by Macklemore, feat. Skylar Grey, for our company meeting video. When I first heard the song and listened to the message, I knew it was perfect.
Glorious is defined as “having a striking beauty or splendor that evokes feelings of delighted admiration.” Each participant in the video is a current student or graduate of a 2U-powered program. There are naval officers, nuclear scientists, neuroscience researchers, non-profit founders, and more.
When they feel glorious, 2U is great. When students achieve their dreams, 2U succeeds. It’s why I wake up in the morning and is why we all work tirelessly to improve lives by eliminating the back row in higher education.
While we don't normally share my videos publically, this year we made an exception. We hope you enjoy it and are inspired by the 62 glorious students and graduates featured.
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