I have been in the throes of grinding through a heavy course load towards a third subject area for teacher certification. And I don’t mind admitting that it’s been an exhausting boatload of work as I’ve tried to crank out as many credits as humanly possible in as short a time as possible.
You see, at my age, I simply do not want to spend 2 years pursuing another degree, so finishing in a timely manner (as quickly as possible, in other words) was of the utmost importance to me.
And that’s why I was so delighted to find out about and enroll in Western Governors University. This is the non-profit, on-line college and grad school that several western state governments created as a joint venture to serve the growing need for flexible, affordable education options in the fields of education, nursing, business, and information technology. It offers courses and degrees at both the undergraduate and graduate level.
Unlike many for-profit, on-line schools that have come under such criticism for their predatory tuition and lending practices and their lousy educational and employment outcomes, Western Governors (WGU) is, in fact, highly regarded and not a diploma mill at all.
It is also truly both flexible and affordable. In fact, the flexibility is beyond anything I could have hoped for. And as for affordability, it easily rivals community colleges for its value and low cost.
Here’s how it works.