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Saturday, February 20, 2016

WGU's Dismembered Faculty Model for Comptency Based "Learning"

Below is the intro to an ad for the online diploma mill, Western Governors University:

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous10:42 PM

    I'm amazed more hasn't been written about this university's connection to the Kochs. Their model aligns perfectly with the Koch's long-standing project of dismantling universities as sites of liberal discourse, and has since the beginning (Look past the official narrative of the universities founding and the Kochs support of the principles is there). Many former WGU employees have found themselves welcome at other Koch-adjacent institutions. The last four or five years have seen the Koch's first gradual public alignment with WGU: a partnership with WGU Indiana, then more recently WGU Labs ("WGU Labs—a research and development hub and accelerator for scalable EdTech solutions"). Internally, WGU sees itself as the WalMart of education, a force that will displace it's "competitors" globally (the CEO made some rounds in Russia last year, for example).