Study Away Team at TOPs

wku study awayWKU welcomes the newest Toppers to the Hill for the TOP program.

The Study Away team was there to greet them all and tell them about the options with CCSA, Study Away, Faculty-Led Study Abroad, and National Student Exchange.

tops teamBuddy Wren, student worker, spins the tale along with Shawna Blagojevic and Dave Nelson.



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Cooperative Center for Study Abroad welcomes 5 members

CCSA-logo-FINAL-1000The Cooperative Center for Study Abroad (CCSA), a nonprofit consortium that develops, plans and coordinates study abroad programs in predominantly English-speaking countries, welcomes five new members to its ranks.

The five new affiliate members bring CCSA membership to 26 schools from across the United States.

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Incoming students learn about Study Away

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Jerry Barnaby describes options for students and parents.

The Study Away team shared opportunities with incoming students and their parents at the first TOPs session on April 15.

The newest Hilltoppers learned about Study Away, Faculty-Led Study Abroad, National Students Exchange and CCSA – The Cooperative Center for Study Abroad.

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We look forward to seeing everyone on the Hill in the Fall .

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Bingham and Neeley represent DELO at 2016 NCCSS Conference

Bingham Accepts NCCSS President role 

Alicia Bingham and Dewayne Neeley attended the 67th North Central Conference on Summer Sessions (NCCSS) March 16-18 in Chicago.

Neeley was a presenter at the conference, leading the session “An Urban Experiment: Dual Credit in NYC in Summer.” He shared information about a WKU Dual Credit partnership with WKU Study Away to offer two courses during summer 2015 which culminated in a study trip to NYC.

Alicia Bingham NCCSS president photo

Alicia Bingham is officially inducted as the President of NCCSS.

Bingham was inducted as the 2016 President of NCCSS. She has been active in the organization for 9 years, serving as Research and Evaluation Chair for 3 years and as last year’s Conference Chair. She is the second NCCSS president from WKU. Dr. Beth Laves served as President from 2012-2013.

Over 30 summer session administrators attended the conference to explore new initiatives such as marketing abroad for summer students and introducing online courses to a residential campus. Participants also addressed continuing needs such as advising students and finding creative ways to market to students.

NCCSS is a regional organization for summer administrators from accredited American colleges and universities. It was founded in 1949 by deans and administrators in the North Central region who understood the power of collaboration and learning from one another.

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Cuba in the News

wku study awayCuba is in the news and WKU friends and family are invited to join us for Havana Passage:  A Photographic Workshop.

January 2017 will find a limited group of adventurers in Cuba with two internationally recognized photographers leading a workshop in Havana.

Cuba Photo Workshop January 2017Priority registration deadline is July 1, but this workshop may fill up fast, so grab your spot now.

Learn more here.

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Study Away Team at Head for the Hill

study away teamWKU’s Study Away team shared our story with many high school students and their parents at WKU’s Head for the Hill.

A big thank you to President Ransdell for mentioning study away and faculty-led study abroad at the opening session.

And thanks for WKU’s Admissions team for making this event possible.

Buddy, Erin, Diana & Jerry.  


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Cuba Photographic Workshop – January 2017

will at cojimarCuba is front and center in the news right now.  And you can be one of the few Americans to set foot in our Caribbean neighbor.

Havana Passage is a 5-day photographic workshop led by award-winning photographers.

Venture behind the scenes and explore the “hidden Havana” in this short photographic workshop.  There is concern that American influence will change the historical nature of the city as more trade and commerce is allowed.

This workshop is intended to photograph and document Havana, Cuba, as a city with a sense of place, which is steeped in history, traditions and culture.

Learn more and apply today.  Spots are limited.

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WKU Geology Students Explore the Mojave Desert in Study Away Program

wku study awayWKU Geology Students Explore the Mojave Desert in Study Away Program


A group of 14 WKU geology majors and one faculty member are on a Students doing geological analysis in Mojave.week long field excursion in the Mojave desert. So far, they have seen large scale and small scale structural and tectonic features, ancient volcanoes, salt pans, sand dunes erosional landforms, and a variety of sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks. Along with broadening their studies, they have also bathed in hot springs, viewed the Milky Way Galaxy, sampled dates at a beautiful date farm, heard sonic booms from a nearby military base, and visited the lowest point in the U.S.

These students were lucky enough to witness to several rare events such as a sunrise rainbow, the super-bloom, and rain mojave-groupin Death Valley. Today, they will be mapping geologic structures in Rainbow Basin and characterizing granites in the western Mojave.

By Olivia Santangelo

March 9, 2016

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DELO presents at 3rd Annual Student Success Summit

Student Success Summit imageFour members of the DELO family presented topics at WKU’s third annual Student Success Summit. Dr. Wren Mills, and the team of Tanja Bibbs, Danita Reiger-Ward, and Tanya Vincent conducted two sessions for the Summit, focusing on different aspects of encouraging and retaining students, specifically for online learners. The 2016 Summit, entitled “Cultivating a Culture of Retention”, concentrated on approaches to retention and student success with the goal of finding ways to better utilize our campus community’s resources, expertise, and strengths.

In his address, keynote speaker Provost David Lee enumerated four areas that he believes we need to target more effectively as a University: increase the total number of Bachelor’s degrees awarded, improve persistence rates, strengthen progression rates, and raise six year graduation rates. Sharon Hunter, Director of Strategic Enrollment Management & Retention Support, and Chris Jensen, Interim Director of the Academic Advising and Retention Center, updated attendees regarding Enrollment Management’s efforts to intervene with at-risk students by identifying and reaching out to more students, earlier, with new 5th week assessment goals. A Retention Task Force can help students overcome self-defeating behaviors in the B.E.P. (Best Expectation Program), and new programs are being offered in Tutoring services in the AARC, including peer-assisted study sessions, and group tutoring.

Dr. Wren Mills, Distance Learning Training Coordinator, addressed the topic of retention in online courses in her presentation, “Encouraging Online Students to Increase Retention.” Developing a relationship with their students is one of the most challenging and important ways for instructors to improve retention in their online courses, and Dr. Mills outlined different strategies for instructors to increase their presence in their courses. By using video lectures, providing audio feedback, building a learning community, emphasizing the instructor’s social presence, and crafting assignments that encourage retention, instructors can reduce ‘perceived distance’ in the online learning course, and create a safe learning space for their students.

Tanja Bibbs, Assistant Director – Distance Learning, Tanya Vincent, Distance Learning Coordinator – WKU On Demand, and Danita Reiger-Ward, Student Support Specialist – Online Program Services, presented “A Collaborative Approach to Recruiting and Retaining Students for a Personalized Learning Program.” This innovative partnership between the Dept. of Architectural and Manufacturing Sciences and DELO offers modularized, competency-based courses for the bachelor-completion program that has been designed specifically for KCTCS students who are completing their Associates of Science degree. The competency-based AMS Online Bachelor’s program is a personalized learning pathway that provides support for the needs of contemporary students.

President Ransdell stressed in his opening remarks for the Summit that we must find ways to better use our campus community’s resources to support our students. WKU On Demand and Online Program Services are doing that by utilizing their existing infrastructure and resources to create a collaborative approach to recruitment and retention for the AMS Online Bachelor’s program. Distance Learning Training Coordinator, Wren Mills, and the DELO Instructional Design team support and guide instructors as they develop and implement successful online courses for students. The 22 information sessions of the Summit provided varied insights into ways we can support the diverse needs of all of our WKU students, and attendees were encouraged to use the knowledge and connections they acquired at the Summit to improve student success here at WKU.

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Office of Study Away Gears Up for Summer 2016

wku study awayThe Office of Study Away is preparing for Summer 2016 and will offer nearly 30 Study Awayand Faculty Led Study Abroad (FLSA) courses taught by WKU faculty. The Cooperative Center for Study Abroad (CCSA), which the Office of Study Away administers, will also offer unique courses taught by faculty from CCSA member institutions.

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