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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Study Away SGA Scholarship Open for Summer courses

wku study awayThe Student Government Association supports Study Away students by offering scholarships.  Open to students taking a summer 2016 study away course in one the many location offered this summer around the United States.

sf_gate_fog480Deadline is March 28.

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Spring Break 2016 will find three groups of students in warm locations.

wku study awaySome students use spring break to unwind in warm climates, while the more adventurous seek intellectual stimulation though challenging courses.

Agriculture at the Equator
offer a chance to explore the history and culture of the Ecuadorian people as well as developmental issues that face the inhabitants and threaten the ecosystem.  Dr. Linda Brown, agriculture department head, will teach AGRI 475 and 475G to students seeking to gain an appreciation for the land and climate of Ecuador, the political, religious, and cultural issues that affect the agriculture ecuadorsector and Ecuador’s relationship with the global community. Starting March 2 and ending on the 11th, this Faculty-Led Study Abroad course earns students three credit hours for the spring 2016 semester.

Learn more here…

Average temperature in Quito in March is around mid-70s F during the day, but 50 F or lower at night.


Students seeking course options a bit closer to home (but not much) will travel to America’s western regions for hands-on experience.

201610-az-hillsideAgricultural Education Explorations in Arizona takes place from March 3 to 9. Students will explore agricultural practices and education in Arizona.  Professor Thomas Kingery will teach AGED 475 in which students actively discover the history, development, and success of Arizona Agriculture Education Programs in secondary schools. This Study Away class enables students to meet people in Arizona’s Native American tribal lands and the see the Grand Canyon.

Average daytime temperature in March is around 70 F.

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california-group740330Geology of Death Valley and the Mojave Desert is a Study Away course that takes students to Death Valley and the Mojave Desert from March 4 to 12.  Dr. Andrew Wulff teaches GEOL 452 in which students will map geologically unique areas while camping on location.

Average temperature in Death Valley in March is around 80 F during the day, but near 50 F at night.

Learn more…

The Office of Study Away is a DELO unit that provides administrative support to create innovative teaching and learning opportunities in partnership with WKU’s academic departments and faculty who seek to provide their students and the community differing perspectives of America and the world.

For more information, contact Jerry Barnaby, Director of the Office of Study Away, at

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Dual Credit and Study Away – The New York Way

wku study awayCheck out the recent View from the Hill that aired on WBKO in Bowling Green.

Watch it now…

A shout out to Dewayne Neeley and Brittney Jones in Dual Credit, and Diana Howard in Study Away.

Going again this year.  Learn more…


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CCSA – The Cooperative Center for Study Abroad Winter Programs Complete

CCSA-logo-FINAL-1000The Cooperative Center for Study Abroad (CCSA) recently wrapped up its Winter 2015-16 study abroad courses through WKU, including five winter programs: London Winter, London Arts & Literature, London Theater, Australian Ecosystems and Two Capitals: London & Dublin.

Over 240 students from 18 institutions completed 16 different courses taught by 16 faculty from eight CCSA member schools.  The London programs started on December 26, 2015, with the two weeks spent in London and the surrounding areas.  The London-Dublin program also started in London on December 26, then moved to Dublin on January 3.  The Australia program started on December 26, then returned on January 9, 2016.

Keith Walters, History of Chemistry outside Science Museum, LondonCCSA Executive Board Chair from Morehead State University, Dr. Royal Berglee, said the CCSA winter programs to London, Dublin and Australia had excellent participation.  Berglee served as program director of the London-Dublin program. He said that it was exciting to see so many students having new experiences and learning about other places and cultures.

One student wrote that “studying in London was a life-changing experience. In my two short weeks here, I got to experience old and new, all while in a culturally accepting atmosphere. It truly was the best decision I could have ever made. It gave me a new confidence in myself and my abilities.”

kaley uk2Winter 2015-16 programs offered a unique set of courses taught by wonderful faculty from our member institutions. CCSA is made up of small and large schools, private and public, but everyone believes in CCSA and the model it offers for so many first-time study abroad students.

CCSA’s twenty-six member institutions are gearing up for the Summer 2016 programs in Australia, Belize, Ireland, London and South Africa. The May & early June application deadline is February 12 with the final deadline of February 29. The late June and July summer application deadline is March 25 with final deadline of April 15.

kaley buckingham palace londonLearn more here.

WKU serves as CCSA’s host institution through the Office of Study Away in the Division of Extended Learning and Outreach.

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Winter Term 2016 Offers Expanded Courses through Study Away

wku study awayWKU students and faculty made good use of their time off during Winter Term 2016 through WKU Study Away and Faculty Led Study Abroad. WKU faculty taught courses in seven programs with over 74 participants.

WKU Study Away offered courses in geography, floodplain management, film and theater, which took students to Hawaii, Utah, California, Death Valley or New York City.

floodplain managementDr. Warren Campbell led a course in floodplain management, which took students to the southern California coast, through Death Valley and into Las Vegas. Dr. Campbell says that teaching study away is very different from teaching in a classroom because students get to fully experience what they learn. He said that students “actually see the overflow spillways at Hoover Dam and see that you can float a battleship in there.  They need to see something in concrete, rock and dirt to fully appreciate these important engineering concepts.”


flsa-delo-logo150Through Faculty Led Study Abroad, WKU faculty taught in Costa Rica, France, New Zealand, South Africa and Taiwan, where students studied biology leadership, outdoor recreation, economics or political science.

south africaDr. Brian Strow and Dr. Claudia Strow taught political science in South Africa. Dr. Brian Strow said that teaching abroad really opens up mentoring opportunities that do not always manifest themselves in a classroom environment. “Students gain a sense of context from being surrounded by a learning environment rather than just abstractly looking at it from the outside,” he said.

Dr. Timothy S. Rich and Dr. Yufen Chang led students to Taiwan, where students studied political science.  He said the students taiwangained immersion into a foreign election, seeing rallies, talking to voters and understanding firsthand why this election mattered” as they saw first-hand the first woman to be elected president of Taiwan.  He added that teaching abroad allows for an intense in-depth study of a topic, aided by having experiences outside of a traditional classroom.

The goal of these programs is to provide students the opportunity to enhance their academic achievement by providing unique experiences that complements their coursework.  Faculty also get to offer students unique perspective by making the course location their classroom.


Spring and summer courses are open for applications with over 34 four different locations available for students to earn WKU credit.  New programs include courses in Barbados and Morocco, along with a spring beak class in Arizona, and a summer class in North Carolina.

More information is available on our website at or by calling the Office of Study Away at 270-745-4512.



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