Online schools: the legit and the sham-ful

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A question has been nagging me for some time now: What the heck is Western Governors University?

And for that matter, what are all these other unknown colleges popping up in television commercials?

Watching TV over the holidays, I couldn't seem to escape them. One of the bowl games was even sponsored by a Mystery U — the National University Holiday Bowl. Does National University sit on a majestic campus in our nation’s capital? Uh, no. It’s scattered in office parks all over California. But more important, it’s anywhere someone has a computer and an Internet connection.

And the same goes for the much-advertised Western Governors University. These are online universities you’re seeing pitched on TV.

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