In an era of online universities and their reputation of being nothing more than worthless degree mills, Gov. Rick Perry’s executive order to establish Western Governors University: Texas, an online nonprofit university, rightfully warrants caution and skepticism.
Largely targeted at working adults, WGU promises low tuition, flexible schedules and quality courses to people who want and need degrees.
Overcoming assumptions and appearances, it seems to deliver based on comments from current and former students and WGU’s list of credentials.
The University has more than 25,000 students from all 50 states. There there are currently 1,600 Texans enrolled at WGU.
The WGU order seeks to address a variety of issues.
“Working Texans who cannot pursue their higher education goals on college campuses certainly should reap the benefits of WGU Texas’ online, competency-based model,” State Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, said in a press release on WGU’s website. Read more…