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National University Telecommunications award

    PULLMAN – WSU has received the first ever National Muriel Oaks University Telecommunications Network (NUTN) Institution Achievement Award. In recognition of WSU’s commitment to technological innovation and distance learning, the award was presented June 23 at the NUTN conference in Saratoga Springs, New York.   NUTN is a consortium of telecommunications professionals from […]

Newell to lead conferencing unit

PULLMAN  – Longtime conference manager Kelly Newell has been named director of Professional Education at WSU.   Newell’s appointment to replace John Thielbahr, who recently retired, was approved by WSU President Elson S. Floyd on Jan. 15.    “I feel very fortunate that we have someone of Kelly’s experience, talents, and work ethic to take […]

Huge hike in students

A 22 percent increase in online students was seen at Distance Degree Programs this fall compared to a year ago. The leap follows six years of 6 percent annual increases. This fall’s 563 new students raised the number of students served from 2,530 to 3,093.   The increase is divided almost evenly between students enrolled […]

Conferencing discussion on campus and online

As WSU expands its global presence, faculty members are seeking new ways to reach far-flung colleagues and audiences.   One crucial tool is conferencing, but the process can be fraught with difficulties. The event must be designed, speakers must be scheduled, and ideas must be refined into reality.   Help is now available on the […]

Muriel Oaks receives Samuel H. Smith Leadership Award

Muriel Oaks, dean of Distance and Professional Education at Washington State University, received the Samuel H. Smith Leadership Award on Jan. 24.  The award is presented annually by the Association for Faculty Women at WSU to honor an AFW member whose leadership has advanced the role of women at WSU and demonstrated exceptional leadership in […]

Outdistancing the competition

The statistics are surprising. Across the nation, it is predicted that upcoming high school graduates will be the first generation with lower rates of college attendance than their parents, according to Vicki McCracken, associate vice president and associate vice provost for enrollment services. This shift in enrollment patterns reflects a number of demographic changes including […]