Monday, January 31, 2011

Grad picked for prestigious program

Ahmad Baitalmal cropWhen we checked in last May with Ahmad Baitalmal, he was a happy man. He was about to graduate from WSU with a BA in business and a 4.0 GPA. He and his family were enjoying the party that WSU Online throws for its students the night before commencement. And he’d lost nearly 100 pounds.
     Now, Baitalmal has another reason to celebrate. He’s been accepted into the prestigious Sloan Master’s Program at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. The 10-month program is designed for midcareer professionals and accepts only 57 students a year.
     Applying felt more like a job interview, Baitalmal said, and his references were carefully checked. “I did notice the Stanford interviewer was pleased to read the WSU name,” he said. “So far, going with WSU has been paying off rather well. Of course, my 4.0 GPA didn't hurt.”
     Without WSU Online and Bellevue College, which he had previously attended, “Stanford would still be a dream,” he said. “To those who put my associate and bachelor degree program together, I truly am very thankful.”
     As for his weight, Baitalmal, who once topped the scales at 470, said he’s off his brutal 500-calorie-a-day diet but has taken up bicycling instead. “Together with my wife and son we do about six miles twice or three times a week. But when I'm alone, I go for about 20 miles.” More...     Baitalmal, who lives in Renton, Wash., will move to Palo Alto, Calif., in August. He offered this advice for others considering grad school:
The GMAT is a learning experience. “Preparing for the GMAT was transformational and I do recommend that other grad school hopefuls take it seriously regardless of their target score, especially for someone investing in an MBA degree. The GMAT trains students to get in the habit of asking the correct business school questions.”
Be yourself on your application. “I was at a Harvard Business School information session at Microsoft and, during the Q&A session, attendees wanted to know the best strategy to get accepted. The Harvard rep promptly responded by saying, ‘Do not try to get into our heads. If you do that you will fail and you will not be considered.’ That made sense. Don’t try to figure out what the admission committees wants to see, then try to fit essays into that imagined mold. The corny adage of ‘Be yourself’ is a golden rule. I thought that if I had to concoct a strategy for them to accept me, then it was probably the wrong school for me.”

Friday, January 28, 2011

New CyberCoug is out

The latest issue includes information on the upcoming online student government election. For the three paths to academic supremacy, check out this essay by ASWSU Online Senator P. Simon Mahler.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Fall 2010 Honor Roll released

00401129Congratulations to all our Fall 2010 Honor Roll members!

You can see if your name is on the list by checking the website.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Find a fellow student in the neighborhood

globeWSU Online offers a lot of support services, but sometimes there’s no substitute for getting together face-to-face with a classmate or two. The Hometown Locator lets you find other online students in your area, based on your ZIP code.

You can share only as much info as you like when you sign up.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

New leader takes helm at WSU Online

new WSU TodayWhen we wrote about the recent retirement of longtime dean Muriel Oaks, we traced the history of online education back to its beginnings.

Now, our new leader, David Cillay, answers questions about his plans in this WSU Today article.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Start thinking about taking a break

wsu volunteerAt this time of year, spring break may be far from your mind -- or always on it. In either case, if you're looking for something fulfilling and fun, how about volunteering with WSU's Center for Civic Engagement?

There's an Eastern Washington event this spring in which students and faculty travel to various state locations to work on sustainable agriculture, natural resource, and food systems issues. The application deadline is Jan. 28.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

A sweet feast of useful facts

Vampire GirlOnline courses are ideal for people with alternative sleeping habits.

"Does WSU Online offer that program where you learn how to get people’s blood?”
In five years of student service experience, I had never been asked about bloodletting, blood sucking, or  anyrebecca stull thing regarding blood before. I’ve heard all sorts of crazy questions, but this was the first of the vampire variety.
After a little poking and prodding (so to speak), I discovered the student was asking about a phlebotomy program. While WSU Online does offer a program for registered nurses,we don’t offer phlebotomy – perhaps due to homework issues.
Fortunately, most questions are a little easier to answer. At this time of the year, there are plenty flooding in.

“Beginning of the Semester” New Student Questions
Q. When I try to log into Angel, it says my account is disabled.
A. This is usually because there are no active courses. You will be able to log in when courses are in session.
Q. The course I want to register for doesn’t have a Schedule Line Number listed. How do I find it?
A. WSU Online advised students can find Restricted Schedule Line numbers in their My Account page.
Q. How do I get my Advising Hold lifted?
A. You need to talk to your advisor. Their contact information can be found on your My Account page.
Q. I’m taking AO 99 and I can’t find the passwords for the quizzes.
A. They are in there; you just have to read all of the information.

Common Continuing Student Questions
Q. When do I apply for graduation? More...A. You should apply for graduation when you are within two to three semesters or a minimum of 30 credits from your anticipated graduation date. Failure to file a graduation application may result in a delayed graduation date.
Q. Why do I have a Writing Portfolio hold?
A. If you are required to complete WP 99, and you have 60 credits or more, you may receive a Writing Portfolio registration hold. To complete the Junior Writing Portfolio, WSU Online students must complete both of the following in either order, one each term, to have the Writing Portfolio hold lifted.
  • Turn in three papers from three different college-level courses that are rated Acceptable or Outstanding by the instructors. These may be from courses at previous schools, as well as WSU courses. Lab reports, Business Analysis plans, etc. may be used. Take the proctored Timed Writing Exam.
  • Check out the Writing Portfolio instructions located on your My Account Page.
Common Prospective Student Questions
Q. I’m interested in your programs. What do I do?
A. If you would like additional information about a specific program, attend a live webinar.
If you can’t attend a webinar, but have questions, complete our Request Information form. One of our Academic Consultants will contact you to talk with you about the program and answer your questions.
When you are ready to apply for admission, visit our website to complete an application, and request all official transcripts be sent to the WSU Office of Admissions.
Q. What is the cost of tuition?
A. Check the tuition chart online. It depends on how many credits you take and your residency status.
Q. What credits will transfer in?
A. Depends on when and where you received the credits, what grade you received, and if WSU has received your official transcripts.
Q. I have an associate’s degree, how long will it take for me to get my Bachelor’s Degree?
A. Depends on how many credits transfer in and what program you take.
So, whether your questions are about blood or books, I hope this little FAQ list helps your semester start off right.
-- Rebecca Stull/student services, tech support