For those of you out there who are fed up with the standard university system in this country, a breath of fresh air has arrived. Gaia University (www.Gaiauniversity.org) was founded in 2006 with the goal of localizing education. Localizing education? Aren't schools "local"? In low income neighborhoods and nations worldwide there are villages and towns where all the bright young people are gone. Where did they go? They went to the big city to go to college, and most never come back. Gaia University wants those young people to stay home, get a good college education, and make the place they live better.
Gaia University offers a unique approach to higher learning by offering students (called Associates) access to accredited Bachelors and Masters degrees and Graduate Diplomas whilst the Associate is actively engaged in self and planetary transformation. Linking your ideals with self-directed practical experience, you act as a world changer, by working for local and global sustainability and regeneration, justice and peace.
The self-directed action learning methodology enables you to study locally, at work or on project, in your own language, supported by Gaia University's Regional Organizers, and a worldwide network of learning providers, tutors and mentors.
I am actually a Bachelors associate for Integral Eco-social Design, and it's amazing. I'm at my orientation at the Regenerative Design Institute in Bolinas, Ca right now! It's so great to be in a place with so many other people who want to actually WORK to bring change in this world. If you want to work hard too, you should really check it out. If anyone has any questions or wants more details, feel free to ask!