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Unique online power engineering program gets under way

By Tina Hilding, College of Engineering and Architecture

PULLMAN, Wash. – Citing the need for trained engineers in the power industry, Washington State University in fall 2014 will debut the first online professional master’s degree program in electrical power engineering. » More …

Awards and honors

• WSU Spokane’s graduate program in interior design ranked ninth in the nation in a recent list released by DesignIntelligence, a bimonthly journal for architecture and design professionals. Rankings are based on surveys of professional design firms.

 

“The ranking suggests our graduate students are doing extremely well in entry level positions,” said John Turpin, associate professor and department chair. “We have had the program for seven years and enough students have gone through to where people are starting to take notice,” he said.

• For the third time in the last 10 years, a student in WSU’s Distance Degree Programs has been named the … » More …

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 through DDP and students whose primary campus is Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities or Vancouver. Of the 3,093 students taking online courses, 842 are from one of the physical campuses.

 

The reason behind the increase is not entirely clear, but Muriel Oaks, dean of the Center for Distance and Professional … » More …

Online tutoring consortium expands

Online tutoring available for a year to WSU distance degree students is now offered to students on all WSU campuses too.

Janet Kendall, director of distance degree programs (DDP), was instrumental in organizing WSU’s participation in the program. She learned about a distance-learning consortium, ONLINE @ www.etutoring.org, and sought to add a Northwest regional group to it.

By accessing the site, students can get help with writing, accounting, statistics and math 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Writing aid comes within 24 hours, while tutors in the other subjects interact in real time with students via computer video and/or voice.

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