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Back to College March 1, 2011

Filed under: Everything — Jason Olson @ 7:08 pm
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I am soo excited! Now that Jaimie has completed her degree, it is finally my turn and I get to wrap up my 4 year degree. After a lot of looking around and consideration, I have settled on Western Governors University, which is an online, competency  based, university which is regionally accredited. What does that mean? Well most trade and online schools are nationally accredited, which might sound more impressive, but the “true” accreditation that counts, the one most people are really talking about are the regional accreditation. It shares the same accreditation that the local state universities have, and that is what counts.

What makes them different is that they are competency based, which means that you receive course credit when you can establish that you are competent in a subject. So if the subject takes you 5 weeks or 5 months to become competent, it doesn’t matter. Whenever you are ready, you can take the exam, which takes many different forms. What this enables is for you to accelerate the pace in which you take courses if you already have a lot of life experience.  This also helps people which need more time to grasp a subject, so they don’t have a deadline, per se, of the final or mid-term coming up and it is a pass/fail and if you don’t grasp it then you take the entire course all over again. Instead you have all the time in the world to master the subject. Of course, with any college program, you are expected to make academic progress to risk going on probation, but you would expect that of any legitimate institution.

So what degree am I pursuing? I am looking at completing my Bachelors of Science in Information Technology – Network Design Emphasis. This program will take be around 24 months to complete, give or take, based on the course load I can handle while working 50 hour weeks, and spending quality family time 🙂

If you’re interested, you can check them out at http://www.wgu.edu — of course, if you let me know I could send you a link which waives your application fee, and I might get a little bonus as well. Just let me know!