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ERIC Number: EJ990497
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Oct-1
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Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Reflections on the First Year of a New-Model University
Milliron, Mark David
Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct 2012
Western Governors University Texas (WGU Texas), where the author is chancellor, is not an easy institution to describe. It just does not fit the profile of most traditional universities, even the newer for-profit and online ones. It brings the work of a national, online, nonprofit university into a state, and it embraces a competency-based education model that is rarely found on an institution-wide level. Even for seasoned educators, WGU Texas feels different. And in a year that has seen flat or declining enrollments at many traditional colleges, reports critical of for-profit institutions, and continuing debate over the perils and promise of online learning, its story, and its growth, has been unique. As WGU Texas hits its one-year anniversary, it is worth taking a few moments to reflect on the ups, downs, challenges, and champions of this newest state model. In this article, the author offers three key reflections on lessons learned: (1) Building a strong foundation; (2) Confronting conflation; and (3) Synching with the state's needs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas