Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Thursday, May 9, 2013
"Serving veterans and military personnel by providing access to our online programs -- the highest ranked in the country-- is a privilege and one of the many ways we fulfill our land grant mission,” said Eric R. Spangenberg, College of Business dean.
The rankings measure how effectively programs specifically benefit people with military experience in terms of affordability, accessibility and reputation.
For more information, visit www.business.wsu.edu.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
The award honors student leaders and those who have helped them. The criteria include a letter of recommendation, record of activities, and three essay questions.
Lisenbee said the award was a “great honor,” but—in true leader fashion—quickly turned the focus to how her prize could help other students:
“This proves to online students that you can do more than just sit behind a computer and take a class,” she said. “You can put yourself out there and make connections with peers, mentors, and faculty at WSU.”More... The award is given annually to 30-40 individual students, as well as groups, community organizations, and faculty. Recipients will be honored at 5 p.m. April 18 in the Compton Union Senior Ballroom. The program will include the inauguration of the 2013-14 ASWSU and GPSA officers, a Gallery of Leadership, and a talk by Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman and WSU President Elson S. Floyd.
Lisenbee will come from Sumner, Wash., to attend the event—not so much for herself, but so she can lead by example.
“I want people to see that anything is possible as an online student,” she said, “and by attending I am showing others just that.”
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Monday, March 25, 2013
Many people said that they attended because they want more than academics out of their college experience. They want camaraderie, school spirit, and, in general, to be a part of the Coug Nation.
They want more out of college—and out of life—so it’s no surprise they’re Global Campus students.
Our next event is graduation: Two commencement parties, one in Seattle and one in Pullman. Please consider attending if you’re a spring graduate.
By the way, if you're looking for the photobooth pictures, we're going through them now and will post them on Facebook in a day or two.
Friday, March 8, 2013
The showcase, known as SURCA, highlights students’ work in all majors. Their research will be displayed in the WSU Pullman CUB on March 29, and awards given to winners in nine categories.
Erica Seversen, whose paper was also accepted into WSU’s Academic Showcase, explored how Chinese women in the imperial court gained power by arranging for young or weak males to be named their heirs, then ruled by proxy in their name.
She credited her professor, Lydia Gerber, for her help and encouragement. More... “Her Chinese Civilization class was by far the best course I have taken at WSU and the reason is the time she puts into the lessons and her interaction with the students,” said Seversen, of Ballard, Wash.
“This is, in my mind, a testament to Erica’s personal strengths as well as evidence of the educational framework provided by WSU Online,” Gerber said. “To my delight, during an in-class research paper conference, Erica’s paper was also ranked as the strongest scholarly contribution in the entire class.”
Andrew Zander of Silverdale, Wash., researched the role of self-efficacy in online learning, exploring how social cognitive theory can be used to improve online courses and better equip students for success.
“With this being my last semester before graduating, I’m very proud to have my work included in such a great program,” Zander said. “The mere acceptance into SURCA makes me feel as though I'm able to go out with a bang.”
Seversen is coming to Pullman to present, but Zander is able to present from his home. Global Campus project specialist Charlie Snyder will set up Zander’s poster and place a computer next to it so judges can ask questions and get live-streamed answers.
“It’s really amazing that I’m able to participate in such an interactive way!” Zander said.
Friday, February 1, 2013
“This positions us well in an ever increasing and competitive global market,” said David Cillay, vice president of the Global Campus. “Last Friday’s decision is another important step in WSU’s long efforts to bring education beyond geographical boundaries.”
Global Campus non-resident tuition is currently 28 percent higher than resident tuition. The change is expected to take effect for Fall 2013 and is for both undergraduate and graduate students, although it doesn’t apply to either WSU’s online MBA or EMBA.
Global Campus resident tuition rates will remain identical to WSU system-wide tuition as will rates for non-resident students enrolled at a physical WSU campus who take Global Campus courses.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
"This ranking affirms the very high quality of Washington State University programs as well as the increasing viability and demand for online education,” said WSU President Elson S. Floyd. "The College of Business working with the WSU Global Campus - our fifth campus - already is making great progress in spreading the wide-ranging educational resources of our university to students throughout the world.”
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Kara Kadow, 33, adds the frame to a teetering armful of merchandise: WSU T-shirts, cap, calendar, banner, coffee mug. She flashes what her mother calls her “cheerleader smile,” a bright reminder of her high-school days. She remembers she can get a discount with her new alumni card. She pulls it out of her purse, presents it to the Bookie cashier, and now it’s true, now it’s official. She’s a card-carrying member of the Cougar Nation.
It’s Kara’s first visit to the Pullman campus. The WSU Online student has brought her entire family from Yorba Linda, Calif., to watch her graduate the next day with her social sciences degree.
“A lot of people were surprised I was coming,” Kara says. “But I didn’t want to do this by mail. I wanted to be here.”
Feeling the spirit
Kara’s school spirit goes back to her pompon days. It’s why she wears Cougar clothes to her job as a conference manager, and why she decorates her cubicle in WSU merchandise. It’s a big reason why she chose WSU when she decided to return to college after a nine-year break for marriage and work.
“I was looking for that sense of connection,” she says. “I wanted a school I’d be proud to be part of. And I wanted to know that I’d be an alumni of a really great school.” More... She searched the Internet. WSU Online’s website “reached out and grabbed me,” she says. “There was a school spirit that I could feel online.”
There was also the tug of ancestry. Her great-grandfather homesteaded along the Columbia River. Her grandfather Richard E. Kadow was a pioneer in artificial insemination of cattle. Her great-uncle Earl Kadow was a longtime farmer, and president of the Clark County Fair, where he has a display named in his honor. Another relative Beulah “Boots” Kadow ran the coffee truck at the Port of Vancouver for nearly 20 years. And her cousins own Kadow Marina in Vancouver, where a scene from Twilight was filmed.
‘This is my village’
“I decided to give the program a try for a year, and ended up staying for all three,” Kara says. The school pride was “infectious,” the online classroom was stimulating—“I felt like I had more learning tools than if I had been in a classroom with a book”—and her family’s support was unwavering.
“It takes a village,” she says. “This is my village.” She gestures at her entourage: Mother, father, son, sister, niece, and boyfriend. Her village provided child care and proof-reading and lots of encouragement.
“My bucket list is that both my daughters get their degrees,” says her father, Mike Kadow. “That’s how our family was raised. Education is the most important thing you can do.”
Her 4-year-old son, Alex, also helped her stay motivated.
“When he’s 18, I want to be able to say that Mom has a degree so he should continue his education,” she says. “I don’t necessarily want to throw it in his face—‘I was a single mom and I worked full time and walked up the hill in snow’—but I want to show him that I did it.”
Ants can be a hazard
Snow would be a hard sell in Yorba Linda but Alex has already been exposed to other rigors of higher education. “We went up to the volcanic area for Geology 210,” Kara says. “Alex was bitten by red ants, so now he’s traumatized.”
Luckily, Kara had her “mommy spray” (ant spray) handy, and Alex’s trauma seems to have eased as he plays with his 5-year-old cousin, Bella, among the racks of Cougar clothing.
After the Bookie, Kara and her family will tour campus, and attend an evening reception for WSU Online graduates in Lewis Alumni Centre. But there’s still one thing she needs to purchase, something she can’t get at the Bookie.
“I want to buy one of those very expensive frames for my diploma,” she says. “I want to display it proudly.”
Thursday, January 3, 2013
“I think we have recorded faculty or students from every area, and these include jazz, traditional instrumental works, percussion ensemble and opera scenes—which are quite theatrical,” McCarthy said.
Music 160, Survey of Music Literature, covers the six major style periods of Western music: Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and 20th Century. Students will develop their listening skills, and learn how established music theory applies to contemporary music, McCarthy said.
Meets UCORE requirements.
“Anyone open to learning about the history of Western music should really enjoy the course,” McCarthy said. “And it meets UCORE requirements for arts credits.”
This is McCarthy’s first online course. “My music colleagues speak highly of the format,” she said. “Students seem to be much more comfortable expressing their views online, as opposed to opening up about their musical likes and dislikes in a face-to-face classroom.”More...Along with faculty performances, the course will use VoiceThread, a program that combines multimedia with collaborative functions. “Students will introduce themselves using the video software,” she said, “and describe their favorite popular music.”
McCarthy earned her bachelor’s in oboe performance from Ithaca College School of Music, her master’s from Yale School of music, and her doctorate from Indiana University School of Music.
Since coming to WSU in 2006, she has toured Asia twice—in 2008 on a WSU New Faculty Seed Grant, and in 2011 on a Fulbright fellowship, giving nearly 30 performances in Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, the Philippines, and Korea. She now lives in Pullman, with her husband, Andy, and two boys, ages 3 and 9 months.
McCarthy said her love of the oboe began early. “The oboe has called my name since I first heard it in the beginning of middle school. I believe each person has a very personal musical ‘voice’ and I knew that this was my passion when I first heard it being played.”
But, she said, her musical journey will never end.
“I will never reach any final satisfaction with my playing—complete mastery is impossible and the goals just keep shifting as I work to improve my playing,” she said. “I love that about music: There will always be more repertoire, a more refined sound, or more technical passages to work toward.”
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
WSU Online students are dedicated to moving forward. And so are we at WSU’s online program.
In 2012, WSU Online added a new ag master’s, a sport management master’s, and a bachelor’s in psychology. We started accelerated sessions to give students more options for degree completion. In July, we launched the Global Campus and Global Connections, which offers extra-curricular activities to online students.
In those 12 months, this blog has had 9,815 visitors from 110 countries. They’ve read about veterans and virtual mentors, about starving dogs, hush-hush fathers, an inspiring young Marine/firefighter, and, just for fun, they’ve learned to say Go Cougs in sign language.
2012 was an exciting year and 2013 will bring more adventures and more advancement. We at Washington State University look forward to sharing the journey with you.
Happy New Year!
Monday, December 17, 2012
Our next West Side event is the March 23 Tacoma Rendezvous, which features one-credit academic seminars. Please go to the ASWSU-Online events page for more information.