Thursday, July 21, 2011

Becoming a Coug, in her pajamas

SONY DSC                       Natalie and Gene Kolczynski, and their daughter Emily Seaman, are all teachers.

It was time to join the pride: Natalie Kolczynski had seen two daughters graduate from Washington State University, and one become a teacher. She’d seen her husband, also a WSU grad, become a teacher after decades in the printing industry. Natalie had a degree in nursing – a career she set aside to be a mom – but decided to add a social sciences degree to her resume: “I just wanted to be a Coug.”

In 2005, Natalie enrolled in WSU Online. “I really found the classes challenging, rigorous,” she said. “The instructors were phenomenal, very involved in the learning. And I loved that I could be in my pajamas.”

Natalie graduated summa cum laude in 2008 and got a job in the administration office of the Renton School District, where both her husband and daughter taught. Her boss asked her to replace a retiring teacher. She agreed and now teaches at Renton and Lindbergh high schools.

For the complete story of Natalie ('08) and Gene ('74) Kolczynski, and their daughter Emily Seaman ('04), please go to the EduCoug blog.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Multimedia helps both science, students

1Our staff is using cartoon creations to fight global pandemics -- and improve courses. Here's the story.

Monday, July 11, 2011

SAP changes may affect financial aid

moneycomputerThe SAP rules are changing. SAP stands for “Satisfactory Academic Progress” and those requirements may affect your eligibility for financial aid. Here’s a link to a summary of the changes.

Need more information? You can find the complete SAP Manual on the WSU website.

Once you’re done reading the entire manual, you may wish to rest your eyes, then contact our financial aid office for help. You can email or call 509-335-9711.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The best degree? One that fits you.

skinny_jeans_1     Here's yet another pseudo-story on what degree you should get. Why pseudo? Perhaps because of the ads inserted between paragraphs. Or the idea that popularity equates to suitability. Or the lead: "Forget about skinny jeans. The most popular accessory in school these days is a business degree."
     Let's put aside the idea that a degree is an "accessory." Let's instead discuss skinny jeans: Skinny jeans may be popular, but they're a bad fit for a lot of people. We want our students to get the degree that fits their goals. Maybe that's business, maybe humanities, maybe social sciences or criminal justice.
     We take this so seriously that every degree-seeking student is given an academic consultant who can help a student choose a major, and find the shortest path to a diploma.
     If you are interested in business, WSU Online offers a bachelor’s degree in business in three areas: Accounting, Management and Operations, and Management Information Systems. All our online business courses are designed and taught by faculty in the WSU’s prestigious College of Business, which is fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the nation’s premier accrediting agency for degree programs in business administration and accounting.
     If you're looking to make a real investment in your future, check out the online program at Washington State University. WSU has more than a century of experience, and a worldwide reputation of producing top-quality graduates.
     Otherwise, you may end up with something that doesn’t fit.