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

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:


“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 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:

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.

Monday, June 23, 2014

New course: Watch 15 movies in 3 weeks

children of heavenTired of sunlight? A new Intersession course, Foreign Language 110, Introduction to Foreign Film, gives you a great reason to stay inside: The three-week course requires watching 15 foreign films, from “Life is Beautiful” to “Children of Heaven,” right, from “Good Bye Lenin!” to “Farewell My Concubine.”

The movies are all subtitled, and available online (there may be a fee), at local libraries or on YouTube. But you’ll have to do more than curl up on the couch and watch TV. The three-credit course also requires homework for each movie, plus three essays. Fortunately, you can access the course space the day after you register and get a head start.

For more information about this and other Intersession courses, please go to the Intersession website.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Faster options: Earn 3 credits in 3 weeks

intersessionGlobal Campus students can race to the finish by earning three credits in three weeks online at WSU’s Intersession.

This year’s session runs Aug. 2-24. It’s a demanding schedule, but students are given access to the course space beginning June 20 so they can get a head start. More information is on the Intersession website.

Other accelerated Global Campus sessions include the three-week Winter Session and six-week summer terms. “These sessions let students earn their degrees more quickly,” said Global Campus Executive Director Dave Cillay. “And they provide flexibility for students with busy lives.”

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Veterans react to U.S. News top rankings

U.S. News & World Report this week ranked the best online degree programs for veterans. Ranked third in the nation are WSU’s online graduate degree programs in business and engineering; eighth is the Global Campus’s online bachelor’s degree program. You can read the story here, but we wanted to ask a couple of actual veterans what they thought of their time at the Global Campus:

Andrew Zander, U.S. Navy veteran

andrew zanderHearing that Washington State University is ranked among the top 10 undergraduate programs for veterans doesn't surprise me. While earning my B.S. in psychology through WSU Global Campus, I experienced first hand the quality of the program and how important that program is to the university administrators.

Even though I earned my degree through an online program, I had opportunities to meet with the university president, the chair of the psychology department, and participate in the Global Campus student government.

In my opinion, this feeling of connectedness is where the Global Campus sets itself apart — you're not just a number. You become part of a family. You become a Coug.

John Larson, U.S. Navy veteran

John LarsonThis is quite a validation for all of the hard work that I see WSU investing in Global Campus. We have a phenomenally engaged student community here and that really helps break down the solitary feeling of using a computer to interface with our colleagues.

My reaction to our frequent appearance on “best of” lists is just wait; you haven’t seen anything yet. Global Campus has been recognized for nearly everything it does, and the veteran-friendly ranking is well-deserved.


I had wanted to graduate from WSU for over twenty years, from since I was still in high school. I took a short detour in 1996 when I joined the U.S. Navy to learn how to operate and maintain the nuclear reactors aboard our warships. I invested $100 a month for the first year of my service—with the hope of someday making good on my dream of being a Coug—into the Montgomery G.I. Bill so that I could help pay my way through college.

Five years ago, I decided I had put it off long enough and started looking for the only kind of program where I could earn a degree and balance family obligations and a rotating shift schedule.

Imagine my overwhelming joy when I found out that one of the best universities online for my chosen majors (accounting and psychology) was Washington State University. With its fantastic academic advising and a generous veteran tuition discount, WSU was always the program I compared my other options to. I never found one better.