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“Dr.” Jack Walker

Jack Walker, Director of the embattled State Health Plan, claims a PhD from “Columbia Pacific University.” No, it’s not the one in New York City. It’s a short-lived, never-accredited correspondence school in California closed by court order in 2000. Apparently news of this hasn’t reached most of the General Assembly:

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5 Comments

  1. Cornell Ph D

    April 1, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Dear ‘Dr’ Jack,

    All the Ph. Ds obviously need to distinguish themselves from the diploma mill wannabes, so from now on I suggest the real deal Ph. Ds grant themselves an instant knighthood.

    I’m sure we could find someone claiming to be the King or Queen of America in pretty short order. Sanity might be a problem.

    Yours in resume padding,

    A real deal and annoyed Cornell Ph. D.

  2. James

    April 1, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    I’m trying to buy a Ph.D. as we speak. I was thinking of enrolling in Columbia Atlantic. Sound good?

  3. Adam Linker

    April 2, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    I prefer the Jimmy Buffett School of Management at Margaritaville. And remember, as long as someone stores your dissertation that means it’s “published.” Heck, you could even say it’s published by the University of Michigan. The state won’t mind.

  4. Hope

    April 8, 2009 at 10:51 am

    Adams~ Job well done on the “Dr.” Jack Walker video. I love the background music, and his “You’re welcome” comment at the end is hilarious. Quality stuff–informative yet entertaining. I think “Dr.” Jack Walker needs to get his walking papers and take a hike!

  5. Paul Hartal

    August 25, 2009 at 11:14 am

    Here are some comments on Columbia Pacific University published on Wikipedia (Discussion on CPU):

    Columbia Pacific University was given Full Institutional Approval by the California State Board of Education – which, by the very nature and meaning of the work. . .means ‘accredited”.

    Also, most lay folks are always about 20 years behind relating to cutting edge higher education. This unawareness allowed, for many year, At-A-Distance universities to be made fun of by certain groups of people who didn’t really know what they were talking about. Now, it seems enough years have passed, and enough investigations have taken place that it just doesn’t make much difference what anyone wants to say negative about the so-called ‘correspondence’ schools.

    The latest conclusion information released by both the federal government research on higher education and all private investigation groups that took up the challenge strongly indicate what most in the field have known for decades: students who obtain their bachelor, graduate and/or doctor level education by no classroom at-a-distance learning, obtain a more quality education in every major, meaningful area. They learn faster, retain longer, spend less money and less time and are better qualified for the ‘real’ world.

    Thank you for your patience,

    Bill Rogers, Ph.D. Director, Behavioral Medicine Southwest Behavior Research Institute