Oh, Chris. Is Texas up to something here? So all of us here in the pseudo-webicised-sans-classroom-rebel-academia have been watching what you crazy Texans and your crazy Texan governor have been doing, saddling up your ponies with Western Governors University and all, but just this last Friday that relationship just got waaay more interesting.
Ok, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Gotcha. But even Texas Chris will have to admit that this does seem a little fishy. Especially the timing of it. So what is the great “it” I keep referring to? If you’d rather skip over the psychic pronoun inference game and find out the old-fashioned-read-it-yourself way, here goes:
In 1997, the Governors of several states banded together to form a new type of educational opportunity for the hard-working men and women under their jurisdiction. After all, these people deserve a chance to learn anything they want to, even if they are over 18 and already have full-time jobs. So we’re all agreed there, right? Good. Moving forward, over the last decade-plus, Western Governors University has grown and thrived. Several states-Texas included-have teamed up with this campus-free college to help incentivize the perception of this University with their state’s general populous.
Cool, right? Sure.
Up until last Friday. Now Bill Gates (who is rich, if you didn’t know), and his wife have always been big supporters of WGU. Ok, right on. Texas Governor Rick Perry announced last month that he’s running for President…um…ok, right on. Last Friday, Bill Gates made a donation worth over $4 million to Perry-sponsored WGU-Texas. Many are starting to speculate that this is Gates trying to endear himself to Perry who is starting to look more and more like a potential future White House-ian. This is only speculation.
The reality is that Western Governors University is a great school, and the type of support that this institute has received from the community should be embraced. Don’t start jumping to conclusions about something like this.
People today are always excited about a scandal. Here’s the thing: That mentality could be getting in your way. If someone like Bill Gates is going out of his way to support something as taboo as an Online-Only University, we should all be taking notice. If I was on the fence about studying over the good ol’ inter-webz, this type of thing may be what it takes to help me make the call and go for it.
Don’t worry about what people are saying. If you can earn an education and use it to meet your goals, why wouldn’t you? Who cares if it’s online or in a community college or even involves one of those dreaded liberal art schools. In the long run, you’ll be glad you did. Isn’t that what making the right decision is really all about?
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