Thursday, June 5, 2008

Governor's Daughter Gifted with West Virginia University Degree

In an ongoing story, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Heather Bresch, daughter of West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin, received a West Virginia University (WVU) Executive M.B.A. degree even though she did not "register for, pay for, or complete" 22 hours of coursework noted on her transcript. The June 5, 2008 article continues to note that WVU President Mike Garrison formerly worked for Ms. Bresch at a drug company that is also a major donor to the university.

Discussion Questions:
  1. Would you accept an academic degree that you didn't earn? Would you decide to accept it if it meant you would earn more?
  2. Should the WVU president resign if his staff approved the transcript change, even if he was not personally involved?

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