Monday, November 30, 2009

King County libraries to end proctoring

All branches of the King County Library System will discontinue exam proctoring services beginning January 1.
The library system has more than 40 branches, said Kay Huffine, who handles exam processing for Distance Degree Programs.
A list of potential exam proctors is available on our Web site. If you have questions about whether a proctor meets WSU criteria, please contact Kay at 509.335.3557 or 800.222.4978, or send her an e-mail.

In other news:

New Facebook page. The DDP academic advisors have launched their own Facebook page. It's called WSU Online Degree Advising. You can ask general questions, and get program updates.

"Yes, there is a Summer Claus," said student body president Debby Poris. The ASWSU-DDP has approved five scholarships of $1,000 each for summer semester. The deadline to apply is March 15. Go to the Web site for more information and an application.

Summer financial aid. The priority date for WSU summer financial aid applications is Feb. 15. The application will be available online in mid-December.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

DDP students near top in writing tests

How have WSU students done on the Junior Writing Portfolio from 2007-2009? Pretty darn good, the Daily Evergreen reports.

And DDP students in particular? Even better. They were the highest percentage (9.9%) to pass the Timed Writing category with distinction. They posted the second highest percentage (8.1%) in the Final Portfolio Results category, just behind WSU Vancouver.

When it comes to students whose final portfolio needs work, the lowest and best score (6.6 percent) went to DDP students. Way to go!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Step up to a leadership role

The ASWSU-DDP is looking for students to take leadership roles with the student government. This spring, the ASWSU-DDP will hold elections for president and seven senatorial positions.

•Student government experience looks great on resumes.
•You'll gain leadership skills.
•Taking courses is more fun, since you get to know fellow leaders, who are often fellow classmates.

The benefits include:
•Paid travel expenses to ASWSU-DDP events.
•Yearly salary between $1,000 and $4,000 depending upon the position.

More information will be available soon at the ASWSU Web site. We'll keep you posted.

Online education expected to skyrocket

Online students may be in the minority now, but they're rapidly catching up. The key predictions:

Now, 1.25 million higher ed students take all their classes online, 10.65 take some classes online, and 15.14 million students take all their courses in physical classrooms.

By 2014, 3.55 million will take all their classes online, 18.65 million will take some classes online, and 5.14 million students will take all their courses in a physical classroom.

Friday, November 13, 2009

New student video on YouTube

Thanks to the help of some wonderful DDP students, we were able to make a few videos during the spring 2009 pregraduation reception. Here's the first one.

Join us at the pregame party

The AWSU-DDP is having a party, and you're invited. We'll get together from 5-7 p.m. Dec. 22, just before the Cougs battle LSU during the Cougar Hardwood Classic basketball game. Join us at the Seattle's Best Western Executive Inn near the Key Arena.

There will be free food, a chance to meet DDP staff, and to mingle with other students. A raffle will benefit the Ripple Effect program.

To sign up for the pregame party and get discounted tickets, go to the ASWSU-DDP Web page. There is also a video about the event.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Magazine features DDP graduate

Her respiratory problems forced her to retreat to the filtered-air "prison" of her bedroom. "My whole life was four walls and a laptop," Yolandé McVey says. Then she discovered Distance Degree Programs: "Washington State opened the doors to my life."

After graduating from WSU, Yolandé published a romance novel and is now earning her master's degree. Read her story in the current Washington State Magazine.

Monday, November 9, 2009

New Web page helps veterans use GI Bill

The American Council on Education has unveiled a Web site that helps veterans get the most out of their GI Bill benefits. To learn more about the GI Bill and WSU, veterans are invited to check with WSU's Office of Veterans Affairs.
For students in the Spokane area, WSU Spokane has placed a Veterans Wall of Honor in all of its buildings. You're invited to post names, messages and photos to honor our military.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Today's news roundup

Help yourself. If you need a scholarship, there's a new Web site to check out. You create a profile and it matches you with scholarships. The Web site comes online in December, but you can register now to be notified when it launches.

Help others. Have you seen our new scholarship page? We've created a place where you can contribute to our scholarship fund so deserving students can get a chance to change their lives.

Join one of our Webinars. Want to know more about our program? You can get information at one of our upcoming Webinars. Topics include both the Online MBA and undergraduate degrees. You can log on from home, hear a live presentation, and receive immediate personalized answers to your questions. There is no cost, no preregistration requirement, and no special software is needed.

Bayley to speak at reception. If you're coming to our pregraduation party on Dec. 11, there's good news. The featured speaker will be WSU Provost and Executive Vice President Warwick Bayley. Last week, we posted an article about the 2008 event, and one special student who attended.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Come hang out in the virtual lounge

Pull up a virtual chair and kick back in our virtual lounge. The ASWSU-DDP has created a place for students to get together, share ideas and ask questions: Is that course any good? Which professor is better? What’s the best Wi-Fi coffee shop to study in?
      Other virtual meeting places include Facebook and this blog. You can get also together in real life at AWSU-DDP events, or use our Home Town Locator to see who’s in your neighborhood.

Monday, November 2, 2009

The Cyber Coug needs you

Join the newsletter team. The Cyber Coug newsletter is looking for writers. If you want to share your thoughts, stories and advice, please let us know. The online newsletter, produced by the ASWSU-DDP, is also looking for an editor who can put it all together. If you're interested in either role, please contact PR Committee chair Crystal Darling.

Request proctored exams now. All proctored exams - both online and paper - are mailed to the proctor unless you ask DDP to expedite it. Exam processing and delivery takes up to two weeks. If you have not yet requested the remainder of your proctored exams for the semester to be sent to your proctor, do so now. Remember, holiday mail slows delivery time. Plan with your proctor to ensure final exams will reach DDP by the deadline.