Earning both his undergraduate and graduate degree from Western Governors University, Bill Luton is following in his mother's footsteps. His mother Cheryl is an alumni mentor for the Teachers College at WGU, and he recently went to work teaching online at Indiana Wesleyan University. Bill also teaches campus-based classes at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina.
Bill chose WGU because of the competency-based model and WGU's accreditation. "For the first time in my academic career, I was able to get credit for the things I already knew," Bill said.
Upon graduation he chose to get involved with teaching because he enjoyed the impact he could have on large numbers of students on a regular basis. In fact, his teaching style is largely influenced by what he learned at WGU.
"I use competency-based instruction in all my classes," said Bill. "I feel that I learned more using that method than I did in the traditional classroom, so I choose to share that with my students. Many of my assignments are modeled after the assignments I completed at WGU."
Enjoying the mentoring aspects of his job is also linked back to the positive experience he had with his mentors at WGU. He tries to encourage his students to work towards their goals and clears the way for them just like his own mentor did.