Thursday, January 16, 2014

Former student returns as judge

andrew zanderHe’s back. WSU Global Campus graduate and former student government president Andrew Zander has been selected to be a judge at the Wiley Research Expo, a graduate student research fair.

“I look forward to seeing what the next class of students is working on,” said Zander, of Silverdale, Wash. “Having really enjoyed my time at WSU, I'm always excited to find new and interesting ways to remain involved.”

Last spring, Zander was one of the first two Global Campus students to present research at SURCA, the undergraduate career fair. Both attended remotely, answering questions from judges in an Internet chat room. “It was a great way to feel connected and involved with WSU,” Zander said.

The Wiley research fair is Feb. 21. “We are very excited to have him on board,” said Matthew Tradewell of the Graduate and Professional Student Association. There will be up to 50 judges for the expo, he said, and all are WSU alumni.

The last time Zander came to Pullman, it was for another first: He was the first Global Campus student inducted into Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology.

“I'm hoping that my wife will be able to accompany me this time,” Zander said, “since she has never been there. Of course, I will take her to Ferdinand's for ice cream and get a tin of the world's best cheese!”

Zander works for the Navy and supervises sailors who do maintenance on submarine warheads. So judging a research fair is unlikely to raise his stress levels. If so, he has a plan:

“A nightcap at Rico’s will be in order,” he said. “When I was a member of the Global Campus student government, many good ideas were hatched at Rico's.”

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Global Campus ranked in top 10 percent

handbook cover     Washington State University’s Global Campus has been ranked in the top 10 percent of U.S. online degree programs.
     The U.S. News and World Report rankings, issued Jan. 8, list the Global Campus’ undergraduate degree program as No. 21 out of a field of 276. WSU’s online MBA program was ranked seventh, and its master’s degree in engineering technology management was ranked 21st.
     “These rankings affirm what we’ve known all along,” said Dave Cillay, Global Campus vice president. “Washington State University is a premiere university, and WSU’s online program is able to bring that quality and prestige to a wider audience.”
     U.S. News used four main criteria in determining the rankings: Student engagement, faculty credentials and training, peer reputation, and student services and technology.
     “Student engagement was the most heavily weighted category,” Cillay said, “and we do that uniquely well. Our new Global Connections program brings students together for extracurricular learning opportunities. Our first-in-the-nation online student government provides leadership training and hosts lively face-to-face events. And our passionate WSU alumni network means that students’ sense of engagement continues long past graduation.” More...
     The latest ranking follows other accolades for WSU’s Global Campus:
· The 2013 Ralph E. Gomory Award for Quality Online Education from the Sloan Consortium.
· Third in the nation for online bachelor’s degree in psychology from TheBestSchools.org.
· Third place from TheBestSchools.org for online criminal justice bachelor’s degree.
· Sixth place for supporting the military from the 2012 Guide to Online Schools.
· Fourth place for the overall degree program from the SuperScholars website.
· The Institution Achievement award from the National University Telecommunication Network
     Cillay said college rankings should be only one factor as people consider educational options.
     “We suggest that prospective students look at the bottom line: Will this university help you fulfill your goals? If you’re seeking career advancement, will you get the skills you need, and a distinguished diploma? WSU is a proven university with a century-long record of success. We think that’s what really matters to students.”
     Washington State University’s Global Campus offers online bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and a wide variety of certificates, to about 3,100 students a semester, and has produced 4,533 graduates. Other pillars of the campus are:
· Global Connections, which creates a virtual campus for students, with career fairs, a research pavilion, arts and education events, and a common reading program.
· The Digital Academy, which offers non-credit online courses, such as certificates for working professionals and a variety of free interactive seminars.
· eLearning Services, which offers training for instructors in technology used for both online and on-campus courses.
· Conference Management, which organizes educational conferences where experts can share information both in person and online.