Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Global Campus ranked 12th in nation

     WSU Global Campus has been ranked the 12th best online university in the nation by The Best Schools organization.
     “We selected the best online colleges based on academic excellence, faculty credentials, student support, awards, rankings, and reputation,” said senior editor Brian Jenkins.
     In 2014, the group ranked WSU Global Campus as the best in Washington state.
     Wondering about other Global Campus awards? Select the “More” button below for a long list.

· Undergraduate program ranked No. 20 in nation (top 10 percent) by U.S. News and World Report
· OMBA and EMBA ranked 21st in nation by U.S. News

· Best in State from Edudemic
· CrimJ Bachelors best nonprofit in nation by Criminal Justice degree Online
· Top online college in Washington state by The Best Schools.
· Global Campus ranked 12th in nation for graduation rate by Online Schools Center
· Graduate degree programs in business and engineering ranked third in nation for veterans by U.S. News & World Report
· Bachelor’s degree program ranked eighth in nation for veterans by U.S. News & World Report.
· Social Sciences degree program ranked ninth in the nation for affordability by the Social Science Careers website.
· Criminal justice program ranked 10th in the nation by Create a Career.
· Criminal justice program named sixth in the nation by
· Undergraduate program ranked ninth in nation by The Best Schools.
· Undergraduate program ranked No. 21 in nation (top 10 percent) by U.S. News and World Report.
· OMBA program ranked seventh by U.S. News and World Report.
· Engineering program ranked 21st by U.S. News and World Report.

· The Ralph E. Gomory Award for Quality Online Education by the Sloan Consortium.
· Online MBA ranked first in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.
· Third in the nation for online bachelor’s degree in psychology from
· Third in nation for online sport management master’s by TheBestSchools.
· Ninth best public online college by Affordable Colleges Online.

· Third place from TheBestSchools for online criminal justice bachelor’s degree.
· Sixth place for supporting the military by the 2012 Guide to Online Schools.
· Ninth place from SuperScholar for undergraduate business degree.
· Seventh place for the bachelor’s degree in criminal justice by SuperScholar.

· Fourth place for the overall degree program by the SuperScholar website.
· Institution Achievement award by the National University Telecommunication Network.
· Sixth for student services by U.S. News and World Report.
· Online MBA program ranked first in admissions selectivity and third in student engagement and accreditation by U.S. News.
· Fourth in nation for online degree programs by SuperScholar.

· Center for Transforming Student Services Innovation Award for Virtual Mentor Program.

· Institution Achievement Award from the National University Telecommunications Network.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

GC student wins leadership award

Katie WalshWSU Global Campus student Katie Walsh has won WSU’s 2015 President’s Award for Leadership, which honors those who “demonstrate exceptional leadership and service to the university.”

“When I heard the news, I was ecstatic,” said Walsh, an ASWSU Global senator who is graduating next month. “It is such an honor to be seen as a leader in my community.”

Among those nominating her was John Larson, ASWSU Global president. “She has been a tremendous asset through her recruiting efforts to bring needed talent to the organization,” he said. “We will miss her cheerful nature and resourcefulness.”


Nominator Kelsea Holbrook, ASWSU Global vice president, praised Walsh for launching a ski event for Global Campus students. “Katie wanted a face-to-face event for the students of Eastern Washington,” Holbrook said. “Instead of just providing suggestions, she researched the feasibility of a skiing and tubing event at Mount Spokane and coordinated all the details.”

Walsh is chair of the ASWSU Global Technology Committee, ASWSU Global secretary and pro tempore treasurer, member of its Governing Documents Task Force, and on the Center for Civic Engagement Student Advisory Board. She is double-majoring in management operations and management information systems. The Redmond, Wash., resident will use her degree to find a management position integrating data analytics, internal auditing and compliance.

Walsh, along with her sister, two sons, and niece, will be attending the 5 p.m. April 23 awards ceremony at WSU Pullman. The rest of her family, she said, will be watching the live-stream presentation, which will be available at this link.

Monday, April 13, 2015

CrimJ student helps run Amazon security

Matthew NugentThe burglar alarm awoke 10-year-old Matt Nugent. His mom grabbed him and his sister, barricaded them all in the master bedroom.

“There was a sense of panic,” said Nugent, now 25. “Then I looked out the back window and saw two patrol cars and immediately knew everything was going to be OK.” The alarm turned out to be false—the paperboy had slung the Sunday edition into the front door—but Nugent had found his passion: To work in law enforcement.

As a teenager, Nugent put aside the siren call of law enforcement, and considered more lucrative careers. But when he was 18, the police arrived again: Nugent was in community college and working as a waiter. An officer stopped by for a to-go order.

“I went up to him and said, ‘How would someone get into law enforcement?’” The officer didn’t hesitate. “Let me take you on a ride-along,” he replied.


Nugent never turned back. He transferred to Bellevue College to study criminal justice. He got a job monitoring alarms at Microsoft’s global security operations center, and worked his way up to shift manager. After his Microsoft contract ended, he enrolled in WSU Pullman’s criminal justice program.

Before he could move to Pullman, Amazon came knocking. They needed someone to build its global security operations center for corporate facilities. Nugent was 23. No way could he pass up that chance. He quickly re-applied to WSU’s Global Campus and started as an online student in January 2013.

Nugent spent 11 months creating the security center for Amazon. It monitors 175 offices worldwide and responds to about 10,000 alarms per week, dispatching either local law enforcement or on-site security. Most are minor breaches, such as people using an emergency exit or not swiping their security badges. But Nugent and his team also deal with bomb threats, medical emergencies and building evacuations. “We’re training for the absolute worst, the worst of the worst,” he said, “things like active shooters.”

Nugent also helps out protect his own community as a volunteer with the Kirkland Police Department. He started in 2008 with the department’s Police Explorers program, which introduces teens to law enforcement, and is now a civilian advisor, acting as liaison between the department and the program.

Nugent will graduate this spring, and has begun applying for master’s degrees in emergency management, criminal justice, and cybersecurity.

“I’d like to work toward obtaining a position in local or federal law enforcement,” he said. “My folks think I’m absolutely crazy to leave something like what I have. But I want to follow my passion and my heart.”

Friday, April 10, 2015

Two students win top WSU awards

award clip fieldcropTwo WSU students will be honored by the College of Arts and Sciences this evening for their writing and research.

Julie Harrington, a business major with a history minor at WSU Global Campus, will receive the Asia Program Award for Best Paper in Asian Studies. James Pappas, an ASWSU Global senator, will present his research at the same reception, and receive the Asia Program Award for Excellence.

Harrington, of Kennewick, Wash., wrote her paper on Ban Zhao, known as China’s first female historian.

“When I received the email telling me I had won the Asia Program best paper award, I was ecstatic,” Harrington said. “I love history and it was so much fun to dive deep into Ban Zhao's life and work—and then to receive an award for something that was already so rewarding was awesome.”


Her advice to other writers? “Love what you write—and what you are writing about,” she said. “If you are passionate about a subject, let that passion flow into your words.”  

Pappas, of Liberty Lake, Wash., won the Crimson Award, the top award for research excellence, in the humanities category of the Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities. His project was titled “The Enemy Within: A Case For What Defeated The Japanese Kamikaze Corps.” It was also nominated for the Howard C. Payne Award for Excellence in Research.

In 2014, Pappas also won the Harold and Jeanne Rounds Olsen Writing Excellence Award for his writing portfolio. “This is all quite humbling, really,” Pappas said of the awards.

Pappas graduates this spring, and will start earning his master’s in history at WSU Pullman this fall.

Before coming to WSU Global Campus, Pappas served eight years abroad in the U.S. Marines and during the Desert Shield/Desert Storm War, and spent 20 years in corporate leadership.