Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Student a finalist in Case Competition

case competitionDean Lightfoot presents by live-stream video, top left, as his teammates listen.

A Global Campus student was among the top five finalists in the annual WSU Global Case Competition.

On April 11, Dean Lightfoot and his four teammates competed to solve the problem of arsenic-laden groundwater in Bangladesh, which has poisoned millions of people.

“When I read about the Global Case Competition, I knew it would give me an opportunity to work with other students, be a part of a good cause and enhance my overall educational experience at WSU,” said Lightfoot, of Vancouver, Wash.

As 250 people in a WSU Pullman auditorium watched, Lightfoot presented part of the team’s proposal by live-stream video. The team, The Clean Water for Bangladesh Project, placed fourth in the competition.

“Working with a talented group of students who shared common goals was a great learning experience,” Lightfoot said.  “The Global Case Competition gave me and my team the opportunity to organize and recognize our potential.”

Lightfoot is a manager at CenturyLink, and his teammates praised his organizational abilities.

“He’s a professional-aged guy,” group leader Tyler Whitford said. “I’m 21 and he brought the experience, calmness and professionalism that I’m still developing. It was great to have him mentor me, and to see how he works.”

Friday, March 28, 2014

Astonishing! Miffed mom uses Facebook to get revenge

rebecca kempe Global Campus1She got fed up — and what she did next may change your life forever.

It started with an online headline, like this real life example: “You Won’t Believe What’s Buried In This Mountain. Seriously, You Won’t.”

Click-bait, thought Rebecca Kempe, I hate click-bait. She went possibly ballistic, and her head may have exploded. So she did something that was literally priceless. She created a Facebook page that shows both the enticing headline and the more mundane truth.

So, what was buried in that mountain? “An underground seed store so we won’t starve to death after the apocalypse,” she revealed on her Clickbait Spoilers page.

And what’s the reality behind “Insane New App Will Allow You To Read Novels In Under 90 Minutes”? Rebecca’s spoiler: “They've come up with a new font they are saying better reaches where your eyes go as they read a page.”

Will my mind be truly blown by “Powerful Video Will Change How You Parent In 60 Seconds”? Spoiler: “The video, created by True Activist, shows kids mimicking common adult behavior — smoking, littering, yelling at other drivers.”

“I try to be socially conscious and dislike manipulation in general,” said the Renton, Wash., resident and mother of three. “Maybe spoiling links is just a tiny rebellion against something I feel has gone too far.”

Rebecca spent 13 years at MSN, and witnessed the transition of headlines from succinct facts to provocative puffery. But what finally transformed her into a click-bait crusader? These top three reasons:

  • Her husband is a librarian—“citing sources is serious business around here,” she said.
  • She’s an online student at Washington State University’s Global Campus. “I’ve definitely been inspired by my courses,” said Rebecca, who's majoring in Social Sciences. “My critical thinking and writing skills have improved. I understand more about the impacts of consumerism, capitalism, and corporatism.”
  • She’s a DJ and aspiring music producer, and thinks artists are ripped off when their work is reposted. The only way to get the attention of click-baiters, she says, is to cut their profits. “With the Internet, we can do that from home in our pajamas after the kids are in bed,” she said.

For a heart-warming look at Rebecca’s one-woman war against the click-baiters, just click this link: www.facebook.com/ClickBaitSpoilers. You may never be the same.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Top 10 ranking for Global Campus

award clip fieldcrop     The WSU Global Campus has made another top 10 list, this time from The Best Schools. The ranking is based on three criteria: Academic excellence, return on investment, and incidental benefit.
     The criteria reflect what we believe are the top three attributes we offer our students: Excellent faculty, personal service and a diploma backed by a century-long record of success.
     The ranking follows other recent accolades, including:

Friday, March 14, 2014

Dream realized, then reconsidered

Despite more than 20 surgeries and 14 years of chronic back pain, A.J. Korba realized her dream of being a writer. She wrote a novel, and had it published.

Then she reread it. It wasn’t good.

“All those years of being focused on my condition—either planning surgery or having surgery or recovering surgery—something had to give,” she said. “Apparently what gave were some basic rules of writing.”

She decided she needed a refresher. The Mason County, Wash., resident enrolled at Olympic College, then transferred to WSU Global Campus. She’s majoring in humanities, with concentrations in English and sociology, and will graduate in May. “I think I’ve taken almost every upper level English course at the Global Campus,” she said.

She chose WSU Global Campus because of its reputation, she said. Now that she’s enrolled, she doesn’t want to leave. “It fits well with my life,” she said.

More...Korba shares her appreciation of college by bringing her two adult nephews to Global Campus gatherings, such as the recent Tacoma Rendezvous. “I don’t want them to discount school,” she said, because of bad information from friends, TV ads and news stories. “I want their choices to be informed choices.”

Korba’s disability resulted from two injuries in her 20s. She can’t sit for long periods—“I do my homework in a recliner”—yet she’s racked up an remarkable list of accomplishments. She was both a Phi Theta Kappa member and a President’s Scholar at Olympic College. She has a 3.95 GPA at the Global Campus, is on the WSU President’s Honor Roll, and has won scholarships from the Seattle Foundation and ASWSU Global, the online student government.

“What I lack in physical ability,” she said, “I make up for in determination, resourcefulness and perseverance.”

Monday, February 24, 2014

Fairchild airmen study up on future

Senior Airman Desiree StraughnAbout 50 airmen explored life after the military at a Fairchild Air Force Base resource fair last Wednesday.

Senior Airman Desiree Straughn came in empty-handed, but quickly gathered an armful of fliers, brochures, and pamphlets.

“I love this,” said Straughn, who has a year of service left. “Knowing there are so many options and so many people supporting the military is really awesome—and my brain is on overload right now with all the information.”

The fair is called the Fairchild AFB Quarterly Transition Assistance Capstone event. It’s a joint effort of the Fairchild Airman and Family Readiness Center and the Base Education Center, and a key component of the Transition Assistance program, which helps service members prepare for separation or retirement, said Barry Miller, education services specialist at Fairchild. Many attendees already had months or even years of preparation, including workshops on resume writing, interviewing, entrepreneurship and veterans benefits.

“This is the culmination before they transition out,” Miller said. “We wanted to let them actually meet local agencies.”

Among the 22 presenters were representatives of area universities, law enforcement agencies, and a truck-driver training school.

Washington State University Global Campus representative Kathreen Miller said she gave out dozens of fliers. “People here are very serious about their future,” she said, “and are looking for an online degree from a highly regarded university.”


Washington State Patrol Trooper Kyle Witt was kept busy fielding questions from interested airmen. Witt said the WSP’s paramilitary-style training and structure make it a good fit for the military. “We have quite a few veterans,” said Witt, who served in the Air Force from 1995-’98.

Many airmen already have a lot of driving experience, said Barbara Kayser, office manager and recruiter for Driver Training and Solutions, which makes them excellent candidates to fill the growing need for truckers. “Since the Post 9/11 GI Bill kicked in,” she said, “we’ve trained about 150 veterans.”

Straughn topped off her stack of fliers with a couple from WSU Global Campus. She wants to go into social work—“I think I can help people”—and was trying to figure out the best path:

“I’ve heard a lot of good things about online classes so I’m going to try it and see if it’s for me,” she said. “But I’ve got a lot of thinking to do. And a lot of decisions to make.”

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Get more from your WSU experience

aswsu globalEver think about running for student government? At ASWSU Global Campus, much of the work is done online, but you'll get to travel to our face-to-face events in Seattle, Tacoma and Pullman. You'll also meet lots of fellow students, have fun and bolster your resume.

If you're interested,  you'll need to file your declaration of candidacy before Feb. 17. More info is on the website.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Former student returns as judge

andrew zanderHe’s back. WSU Global Campus graduate and former student government president Andrew Zander has been selected to be a judge at the Wiley Research Expo, a graduate student research fair.

“I look forward to seeing what the next class of students is working on,” said Zander, of Silverdale, Wash. “Having really enjoyed my time at WSU, I'm always excited to find new and interesting ways to remain involved.”

Last spring, Zander was one of the first two Global Campus students to present research at SURCA, the undergraduate career fair. Both attended remotely, answering questions from judges in an Internet chat room. “It was a great way to feel connected and involved with WSU,” Zander said.

The Wiley research fair is Feb. 21. “We are very excited to have him on board,” said Matthew Tradewell of the Graduate and Professional Student Association. There will be up to 50 judges for the expo, he said, and all are WSU alumni.

The last time Zander came to Pullman, it was for another first: He was the first Global Campus student inducted into Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology.

“I'm hoping that my wife will be able to accompany me this time,” Zander said, “since she has never been there. Of course, I will take her to Ferdinand's for ice cream and get a tin of the world's best cheese!”

Zander works for the Navy and supervises sailors who do maintenance on submarine warheads. So judging a research fair is unlikely to raise his stress levels. If so, he has a plan:

“A nightcap at Rico’s will be in order,” he said. “When I was a member of the Global Campus student government, many good ideas were hatched at Rico's.”

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Global Campus ranked in top 10 percent

handbook cover     Washington State University’s Global Campus has been ranked in the top 10 percent of U.S. online degree programs.
     The U.S. News and World Report rankings, issued Jan. 8, list the Global Campus’ undergraduate degree program as No. 21 out of a field of 276. WSU’s online MBA program was ranked seventh, and its master’s degree in engineering technology management was ranked 21st.
     “These rankings affirm what we’ve known all along,” said Dave Cillay, Global Campus vice president. “Washington State University is a premiere university, and WSU’s online program is able to bring that quality and prestige to a wider audience.”
     U.S. News used four main criteria in determining the rankings: Student engagement, faculty credentials and training, peer reputation, and student services and technology.
     “Student engagement was the most heavily weighted category,” Cillay said, “and we do that uniquely well. Our new Global Connections program brings students together for extracurricular learning opportunities. Our first-in-the-nation online student government provides leadership training and hosts lively face-to-face events. And our passionate WSU alumni network means that students’ sense of engagement continues long past graduation.” More...
     The latest ranking follows other accolades for WSU’s Global Campus:
· The 2013 Ralph E. Gomory Award for Quality Online Education from the Sloan Consortium.
· Third in the nation for online bachelor’s degree in psychology from TheBestSchools.org.
· Third place from TheBestSchools.org for online criminal justice bachelor’s degree.
· Sixth place for supporting the military from the 2012 Guide to Online Schools.
· Fourth place for the overall degree program from the SuperScholars website.
· The Institution Achievement award from the National University Telecommunication Network
     Cillay said college rankings should be only one factor as people consider educational options.
     “We suggest that prospective students look at the bottom line: Will this university help you fulfill your goals? If you’re seeking career advancement, will you get the skills you need, and a distinguished diploma? WSU is a proven university with a century-long record of success. We think that’s what really matters to students.”
     Washington State University’s Global Campus offers online bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and a wide variety of certificates, to about 3,100 students a semester, and has produced 4,533 graduates. Other pillars of the campus are:
· Global Connections, which creates a virtual campus for students, with career fairs, a research pavilion, arts and education events, and a common reading program.
· The Digital Academy, which offers non-credit online courses, such as certificates for working professionals and a variety of free interactive seminars.
· eLearning Services, which offers training for instructors in technology used for both online and on-campus courses.
· Conference Management, which organizes educational conferences where experts can share information both in person and online.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Shared goals, community celebration

IMG_8476fx     Sunday’s graduation reception on the Seattle waterfront was ending, but WSU Global Campus students didn’t want to leave.
     They posed for photos. They talked with excited family members. They gathered crimson and gray balloons as mementos. They gleefully thought about all the free time they would have.
     It had been an afternoon full of warmth and community as graduates and families celebrated both their own achievements and the success of their classmates. And, when the speeches were over, everyone gave everyone else a standing ovation.
     Congratulations to all our graduates -- and congratulations to our current students for their resolve as they complete their educations and advance their lives.
     For photos from the Seattle event, as well as the Pullman graduation reception a week earlier, please go to our Facebook page.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Out-of-state tuition? Not any more.

globe drawingThis summer, the Global Campus stopped charging non-residents higher tuition. Now the in-state rate applies to all degrees except the online MBA and EMBA.

Undergraduate rates are posted here on our website. And graduate rates are here.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Network to run Global Campus video

pac-12 play button     A three-minute video featuring Global Campus students has been accepted by the Pac-12 TV Networks.
     “The Difference Between Winning and Losing” is the first from Washington State University to go into rotation this academic year, said Bob Keyser, Pac-12 vice president of partner services. It will run in the next few weeks, he said.
     The video is one of several that WSU is creating for the network’s Campus Content program, which gives universities free air time.
     “A big part of why this network exists is to provide exposure for our 12 universities,” Keyser said. “The goal is to have each university produce one feature a month.”
     All three of the featured students are connected to the sports world: One is a Seattle TV producer who works with the Seahawks, one is a WSU basketball player, and one is a Portland Trail Blazers employee.
     The video was created by Brian K. Mäki, Global Campus media production manager, and Richard H. Miller, senior marketing communications coordinator.
     “We were the entire production crew,” Maki said. “Along with five cameras and innumerable espresso shots.”

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Three new enviro courses for spring

IMG_0193-001Three new online environmental courses will be offered this spring.

Environmental Assessment (ENVR_SCI 444) examines the National Environmental Policy Act, preparation of environmental impact statements, and federal laws, such as the Clean Air Act and the Endangered Species Act. (Four credits)

The Science and Policy of Climate Change (ENVR_SCI 285) explores the science of climate change, policy options—such as cap and trade and carbon taxation—and alternative energy technologies and adaptation. (Three credits)

Topics in Natural Resource Sciences (NATRS 419) is a one-credit seminar on “Planning for Resilient, Sustainable Cities.” The seminar explores urban ecology and sustainable urban development. This course requires weekly readings, a two-hour face-to-face meeting in Tacoma, Wash., on March 8, and a subsequent term paper. Regular registration deadlines apply.

All the courses are taught by Dr. Kara Whitman, who did her doctoral work on sustainability assessment in watershed regions. “Sustainability in communities is a specific interest of mine,” she said. “Addressing climate change through mitigation and adaptation are a part of building sustainable and resilient communities.”

If you’re interested in a course, it’s always a good idea to discuss with your Global Campus academic consultant how it would fulfill your academic goals.