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Online University Aims to Bring College to More People

Back in 1996 a group of bipartisan western governors got together and wanted to figure out how to use technology to bring post-secondary education to a larger number of people. The hope was to make it efficient, affordable and easily accessible — which meant it had to be online. Out of this meeting, a non-profit […]

Back in 1996 a group of bipartisan western governors got together and wanted to figure out how to use technology to bring post-secondary education to a larger number of people. The hope was to make it efficient, affordable and easily accessible — which meant it had to be online.

Out of this meeting, a non-profit online university named  Western Governor’s University was born. Since last August, it has been led by former Rice University director of government relations, Ray Martinez.

Chancellor Martinez sat down with Houston Matters’ Edel Howlin to discuss the successes and challenges associated with a completely online university.

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