Governor Scott K. Walker, undergrad

Laurel Patrick, the spokesperson/press secretary for the Governor, let go with this remark recently:

Governor Walker would like to finish his degree through the UW FlexOption once they expand the degree offerings.

So now we wait.

Right now UW FlexOption offers three bachelor degrees, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, RN to BSN completion; Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences Diagnostic Imaging degree completion; Bachelor of Science in Information Science and Technology.

I doubt any of those are on his radar. He was working in a B.A. program before he left Marquette.

Don’t get me wrong. I encourage the Governor to finish. I went back as an adult and graduated from UWM in 2005. It certainly can be done. But to let a spokesperson provide an element of expectation in such a hotly debated topic as the Governor’s college education is remarkably unwise.

Heck. Pages of a book have been written on this topic. A newspaper article using some of that research was front page, above the fold not too long ago.

And now, in a single sentence, a spokewoman has opened that box of blank diplomas again.

Don’t hold your breath, Wisconsin. Patrick was just talking. The governor won’t be matriculating anytime before his next election. Wisconsin is already paying him to campaign for president. No one will be very excited to know they are supporting his college degree, too. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a directed statement of “misunderstanding” from either the Governor or his press secretary soon.

But that leaves this very important question: Could America support a presidential candidate without a college degree? To do so would laugh in the face of families across this nation who have sacrificed to pay for their children’s higher education. I say no way, but then, I’ve been wrong before.


  1. They elected George Bush… who supposedly had a degree… all evidence to the contrary.

  2. Randy in Richmond says:

    What evidence is there that President Bush did not have a degree? Haven’t heard about this.

  3. Alex Kilibrand says:

    Randy asks: “What evidence is there that President Bush did not have a degree? ‘

    Well, duh!

    Check it out dude: evidencethatpresidentbushdoesn’

  4. Randy in Richmond says:

    Duh. I’m not a dude.

  5. Alex Kilibrand says:

    Randy is a female?

  6. Randy in Richmond says:

    I guess no one can provide evidence President Bush doesn’t have a degree. We can put that to bed.