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Texas A&M University--The Bush School of Government and Public Service Program Review

Texas A&M gives students access to the latest in educational resources and technology so that they’ll have the tools necessary to prepare for careers on the national and global scale. Emphasis is put on six core values including loyalty, integrity, excellence, leadership, selfless service and respect. The school feels that students that develop these qualities will make more effective leaders, professionals and community servants.

The university has a long history going back to 1876 and was the first public college in the state. The school was originally known as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas, but in order to reflect its increased offerings as it expanded, the school changed its name to Texas A&M University. The Bush School, named after former president George Bush Sr., is a graduate college division of the school. Students can attend courses at the school at the College Station, Texas, campus or online.

Students at the Bush School will get access to many special benefits that come along with an association with a former president, like many important political leaders coming to speak at the school. Among some of the recent visitors are Colin Powell, Dick Cheney and Mikhail Gorbachev. Students will also enjoy Texas A&M’s status as a major player in the research industry that has ties to agencies like NASA and the National Institutes of Health that students can take advantage of.

The Bush School does not offer degree programs online, but students can take courses and certification programs that will help them advance their careers. Courses start at any time during the year so students can sign up and work at their own pace. Online courses give students access to resources through the university like an online library, interactive lectures, and academic advisors. Currently, the school offers certifications in Advanced International Affairs and Homeland Security, among other things.