Friday, September 26, 2014

Global Campus enrollment rises 17%

DSC_0062Washington State University Global Campus posted a 17 percent enrollment increase in fall 2014 as the university overall reached an all-time enrollment high of 28,686, according to WSU’s Office of Institutional Research.

The increase was led by students seeking online graduate degrees. Graduate enrollment in the Global Campus rose 49.4 percent, from 482 students in 2013 to 720 students this fall. The percentage of graduate students self-identifying as ethnic minorities increased from 20.5 percent to 22.5 percent, the highest figure for any WSU campus.

Undergraduate enrollment in WSU’s online degree program also posted a healthy increase of 8.9 percent in the last year, from 1,894 to 2,062.

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One reason for the Global Campus increase, said WSU Vice President Dave Cillay, is the 2013 decision to charge a single tuition rate for non-resident and resident online students

“In 2013, just 0.7 percent of our undergraduates were international students,” he said. “That jumped to 3.6 percent this year. We anticipate that as more people learn of our traditional yet innovative approach to online education, our enrollment will continue to grow. But whether we have 10 or 10,000 students, what’s important is the service we provide to each person who decides to entrust us with their academic goals.”

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 onlineschoolscenter.com.

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:

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“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.