Thursday, October 30, 2014

Criminal justice degree is best in nation

emily chandlerThe online criminal justice bachelor’s degree at WSU Global Campus is the best non-profit program in the nation, according to a new ranking by Criminal Justice Degree Online.

The group emphasized its thorough methodology:

“To reach number one,” it said, “a program had to pass a gauntlet of tests: be a part of a university with stellar graduation and retention rates, provide more department resources than others, amaze us with useful answers to our survey, and even answer more questions over the phone. WSU did it all.”

The group praised the faculty’s strong professional affiliations and found that the criminal justice program had the nation’s ninth highest graduation rate and 12th highest retention rate, as well as high placement in rankings from U.S. News and World Report, Forbes, and Washington Monthly. It also said the responses from Global Campus admissions counselor Emily Chandler, top right, were the “most informative and sincere” of their entire survey. (The full methodology can be seen here.)

Chandler said the group took a “secret shopper” approach to the survey. “I had no idea that I had spoken with any reviewers – they must have posed as a prospective student,” she said. “I do my best to always give thorough and sincere answers, but the credit really belongs to our WSU faculty, and to the Global Campus as a whole.”

Professor Craig Hemmens, chair of WSU’s criminal justice department, said the department is dedicated to ensuring a world-class education for all students, no matter where or how they attend: “We take seriously our mission to educate the next generation of justice professionals and policymakers, and to make sure they have the knowledge necessary to make the criminal justice system the best it can be.”

The group looked only at non-profit universities, citing factors that ranged from reputation to graduation rates on a webpage that it devoted to for-profit programs.

The Global Campus online criminal justice program has also been ranked in the nation’s top 10 by Create a Career, Best Colleges, and The Best Schools. For more information, please go to the Global Campus website.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Students get big helping of Coug spirit

Global Campus student Rebecca Holdquist and son TylerRebecca Hultquist counts on the help of her son Tyler.

People leaving the Bookie stopped and sniffed. Children let go of their balloons. Vegetarians reconsidered.

The scent of grilled ribs was wafting from a Global Campus tailgate party on the lawn atop the library at WSU Pullman.

“This is amazing,” said student Jasmine Goodwin as she sampled the food at last Saturday’s Homecoming event. “We’re really impressed.” After lunch, she and her friends were planning to join swarms of other avid Cougs at the Bookie: “I want socks,” she said. “Coug socks.”

The party was organized by the Global Campus student government, ASWSU Global, and drew more than 100 guests. Along with barbecued ribs, the event featured shrimp skewers, pulled pork sandwiches, and giveaways that ranged from football tickets to an iPad Mini.

More... Jasmine and two friends came from the West Side for the event. Jasmine has a 2013 bachelor’s in communications from WSU Pullman and is now earning her online professional writing certificate—“I have all A’s so far”—as a stepping stone to getting an online master’s in strategic communication from WSU. She is a publicist for Three Girls Media in Seattle, and the reigning Miss Seafair.

So why did she drive all the way to Pullman? Are there no ribs in Seattle?

“Because …” she said. “Because … Go Cougs!”

Maria Romero drove two and a half hours from Sunnyside, Wash., along with her daughter, Sonya, and son, Angel.

“I like attending these events,” said Maria, who is earning her bachelor’s degree in human development. “They’re really good, family oriented and a great opportunity to meet school staff and other students.”

She’s planning to graduate in 2016, and will definitely return for commencement. “I’m looking forward to it,” she said.

Rebecca Hultquist came from Spokane with her husband and two sons. She started at WSU Pullman in the late ’90s, left, got married, and had kids. Then she realized she needed a human development degree to do what she loved: Teach children.

“Kids have always been my passion,” she said. Her own kids have been equally passionate about supporting her decision to go back to school.

“They said, ‘We’ll do whatever we need to do to help you finish your degree.’ And whenever I need to go study, they let me be.”

Her son Taylor nodded in agreement, and chimed in: “It’s kind of disappointing because now she can’t come out and play basketball,” he said.

“There are things I have to sacrifice,” Hultquist said.

The next in-person ASWSU Global events are December commencement parties in both Pullman and Seattle. The Global Connections program offers regular online extracurricular activities, which can be found on its CougSync page.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Global Campus enrollment rises 17%

DSC_0062Washington State University Global Campus posted a 17 percent enrollment increase in fall 2014 as the university overall reached an all-time enrollment high of 28,686, according to WSU’s Office of Institutional Research.

The increase was led by students seeking online graduate degrees. Graduate enrollment in the Global Campus rose 49.4 percent, from 482 students in 2013 to 720 students this fall. The percentage of graduate students self-identifying as ethnic minorities increased from 20.5 percent to 22.5 percent, the highest figure for any WSU campus.

Undergraduate enrollment in WSU’s online degree program also posted a healthy increase of 8.9 percent in the last year, from 1,894 to 2,062.

More... Overall, WSU experienced a 4 percent increase over last year’s enrollment, including a 3.5 percent increase in undergraduate enrollment and a 5 percent increase in graduate students.

One reason for the Global Campus increase, said WSU Vice President Dave Cillay, is the 2013 decision to charge a single tuition rate for non-resident and resident online students

“In 2013, just 0.7 percent of our undergraduates were international students,” he said. “That jumped to 3.6 percent this year. We anticipate that as more people learn of our traditional yet innovative approach to online education, our enrollment will continue to grow. But whether we have 10 or 10,000 students, what’s important is the service we provide to each person who decides to entrust us with their academic goals.”

Friday, September 12, 2014

Global Campus named best in state

IMG_6648WSU Global Campus has been named the top online college in Washington state by The Best Schools organization.

The group cited WSU Global Campus’ “dedication to online education,” and said that WSU “offers one of the nation’s oldest and most-respected online degree programs.”

Criteria included academic excellence, course and degree offerings, reputation and faculty.

"Renowned professors teach and design the courses that are available completely online," Best Schools said.

The group also took note of extracurricular opportunities available through the Global Campus' Global Connections program: "Events include exhibits, musical performances, visiting speakers, and an online career fair."

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Global Campus top ranked for grad rate

WSU graduateWSU Global Campus has been ranked 12th on a national list of online universities with the highest graduation rates.

“A school’s ability to see a student through the process of choosing a major, maintaining a good grade point average, obtaining a diploma and onto the path of success is a direct reflection of the school’s overall quality,” the Online Schools Center organization said in a news release.

The list was compiled from a combination of sources, including rankings by U.S. News and World Report, statistics from each university’s school of business, and data from the National Center for Education Statistics, the center said.

“At WSU, it’s not sink or swim,” said Dave Cillay, the WSU vice president in charge of the Global Campus.

“We’ve built and implemented an extensive infrastructure to support our students. It starts with our enrollment counselors, who help prospective students determine if we’re a good match. Once enrolled, students have a personal academic consultant who helps them find the best path toward graduation," Cillay said.

"Our Global Connections program makes students part of the WSU community, our in-person events introduce them to the Cougar spirit, and, most importantly, our WSU professors have inspired generations of students to reach their goals."

For the complete list of rankings, please see onlineschoolscenter.com.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Awesome new staffer at tailgate party

Emma and JamesJames Pappas with his daughter, Emma.

This year’s Seattle tailgate party came with extra awesomeness—a Box of Awesomeness, thanks to the new director of child’s entertainment, 11-year-old Emma Pappas.

Emma’s position was created when James Pappas, the ASWSU Global senator who helped organize the Aug. 28, event, wanted his daughter to be included. “It was logical for her to do something for the other kids,” he said. “So I asked her what made sense.”

Emma thought of the dentist, and how she liked to play with the toys in the treasure chest. “Can I do a treasure box for the kids at the Cougar event?” she asked.

“It was a brilliant idea,” said James, who helped Emma buy enough toys to turn her art supply box into Emma’s Box of Awesomeness.

Emma’s next problem was familiar to any event director. People were ignoring her awesome offerings. So she developed a way to reel them in:

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“I went up to the kids and said, ‘Come and pick something out of the Box of Awesomeness.’ ”

“What’s the Box of Awesomeness?” they would respond, innocently.

“I’ll show you,” she’d say, then lead them to the box.

She quickly gave away most of the toys—or, as James put it, “exhausted her Box of Awesomeness.” The most popular toy was a ball on a string that you attach to your arm.

“You throw it, then you catch it,” she explained.

The several hundred adults gathered on the patio of Henry’s First Avenue Tavern near CenturyLink Field enjoyed their own awesome gifts, including game tickets, a buffet lunch, a bag of cool Cougar gifts, and a Cougar watch. They also got the chance to meet their online classmates and academic consultants.

Shelly Mills, an accounting major, said her consultant is Chrisi Kincaid. “When I met her, I couldn’t believe I was hanging out with her,” Shelly said. “She gave my daughter advice too.”

It was the first Global Campus event for Brian Beldo, also an accounting major. “It’s pretty cool,” he said. “We got free game tickets and this really nice patio. It gets everyone out, you can feel the school spirit and you get to meet your fellow students. It’s a great idea.”

For an album of event photos, please see our Facebook page. For a list of upcoming face-to-face events, including the Oct. 4 tailgate party in Pullman, please see the ASWSU Global events page.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Global Campus leader: Let's talk

Dave Cillay interviewDave Cillay in a recent interview with an Oklahoma TV station.

Dave Cillay is a WSU vice president, a nationally known expert in  elearning, and in charge of the WSU Global Campus. He’s also committed to making your WSU Global Campus experience the best it can be.

To do so, he’s holding a live online chat at 6 p.m. (PT) Sept. 18 with Global Campus students. He’ll answer your questions about WSU’s online program, and seek your feedback. Just sign up here, and we'll send you a link to the live-stream event. In the meantime, if you’d like to submit a question in advance, please send it to global.connections@wsu.edu by Sept. 15.

For a preview of Dave answering tough questions,  please select the video link, above.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Join this workshop, get better grades

a game coverCollege professor Kenneth J. Sufka spent decades helping students figure out where they went wrong: Why weren’t their study skills translating into good grades?

The answer, he found, is that many study habits range from ineffective to horrible. In response, he wrote “The A Game.” It contains nine simple rules for academic success, and a list of dozen “deadly habits” to avoid.

Our Global Connections program has invited Dr. Sufka to hold a workshop with Global Campus students about how to make the most of their study time. Please join us for his interactive online presentation at 3 p.m. Aug. 24 by selecting this link.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Crazy fun tailgate party in Seattle

Global Campus student at Seattle week events

Throngs of Cougs will crowd Seattle streets. The marching band will play, cheerleaders will dance, foam fingers will point toward the sky.

WSU’s first football game is always a fun raucous event—a sensory overload of crimson and gray, spirit and pride, high hopes and Cougar camaraderie.

This year’s game is Aug. 28 against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at CenturyLink Field. But close to the field will be another, more exclusive, event. Global Campus students, family and friends are invited to a free tailgate party from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at Henry’s 1st Avenue Tavern, 1518 1st Avenue South. There will be free food, giveaways, and a chance to rest your vocal chords before cheering the Cougs on to victory.

Here are the details:

When: 3:30-6:30 p.m. Aug. 28.

Where: Henry’s 1st Avenue Tavern, a couple of blocks from CenturyLink.

Who: You and up to three guests.

Deadline to register: Aug. 21

Registration link: aswsu-online.wsu.edu/events

Monday, July 28, 2014

Once again, tuition to remain same

Trisha JohnsonFor the second consecutive year, Washington State University has decided to hold the line against tuition increases.

The Board of Regents recently voted for a zero percent increase for the 2014-15 academic year. “We don’t want to see students in the state of Washington get priced out," said Connie Niva, chair of the Board of Regents.

For WSU Global Campus tuition, please see:

Friday, July 11, 2014

Lions and tigers and Cougs! Oh my!

IMG_5937 You’re invited to join fellow Global Campus students for a free day at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo. The event includes free admission, a catered lunch on the zoo meadow, a close look at some animals with zoo staff, and free face painting. If you want to see for yourself, have a look at this slide show from last year’s gathering.

The event is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 16, and you can bring up to five guests. It’s presented by your student government, ASWSU Global.

What do you need to do? Just two things: Sign up by Aug. 5. And bring a photo ID to the zoo.

Here’s the link to get more info and to register.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

WSU helps you help neighbors

cce video play buttonOne great thing about being a Global Campus student is you can participate in community service in your own town through WSU’s Center for Civic Engagement. We recently asked a few students what they thought of the experience. To see their answers, please select the video above.