Summer Early Entry Prepares Students for First Year of College

College courses like English and math have minimum ACT requirement before students can enroll in them. When students’ ACT scores fall below the minimum, students can complete developmental courses to qualify them for enrollment in their required English and math courses. Summer Early Entry (SEE) allows students to complete developmental courses during the summer so they are fully prepared to take courses in the fall.

SEE is a 5-week program where students live on campus, meet with tutors and take developmental math and/or English courses, including Math 096 or Eng 055. They can also complete a university experience course (UCC 175) and Math 109 for credit. SEE students get to know WKU faculty and staff, as well as other students through social activities and events.

Developmental Courses are required for any student with ACT scores below 16 in English or below 20 in Math.

“These developmental courses are important to preparing students for their English and math coursework,” said Alicia Bingham, program coordinator of WKU Summer Sessions. “By taking them through Summer Early Entry, students have everything they need to successfully start coursework in the fall.”

Carlous Yates, director of student support programs, said the program also provides resources that students can use throughout their college career.

“In addition to completing their developmental courses, students are introduced to resources they need to be successful college students.”

Yates said these resources include hands-on support like tutoring, access to computer labs, programming and weekly meetings with peer mentors to help them meet Cornerstone requirements.

“Through Summer Early Entry students are also able to experience all aspects of college life and learn skills to help them effectively transition into college,” he added.

The program fee includes 6-7 hours of tuition, campus housing, meal plans, M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan and social activities/events. Program dates are July 10-August 10, and applications are available online at Financial aid, housing and meal plans are also available. For more information, visit


Carlous Yates
Director of Student Support Programs

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WKU Summer Start Program Offers Students Early Credit/Tuition Savings

A new program at Western Kentucky University will make students’ first college experience more affordable and less intimidating. It will also prepare students for success.

WKU Summer Start is a unique summer introduction to college for first-year students, connecting them to campus life while living in residence halls. Students complete six credit hours and take advantage of tuition savings, as well as get to know other new students and staff through social events and activities.

WKU Summer Sessions Coordinator Alicia Bingham said, “The goal with Summer Start is to help students ease into college life by taking a small number of classes, experiencing residence hall life and getting to know other incoming students through a living learning community.”

Bingham stated that the program encourages faculty/student mentorship and insight into WKU resources that will help them throughout their college career.

“Starting college can be overwhelming for first-year students,” said Director, Continuing & Professional Development Derek Olive.

“WKU Summer Start offers a small, supportive environment that allows students to acclimate to the overall college experience – living on campus, small class sizes, interacting with faculty, studying, taking exams, meeting other students – and be fully prepared to start classes in the fall,” said Olive .

The program includes housing, meal plan, M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan, organized social outings and a discounted tuition rate (20-60% discount, depending on the student’s in-state or out-of-state status) of $3,100. Students are required to have a current FAFSA on file, which, along with financial aid, may cover the program cost.

WKU Provost Dr. David Lee said that this new program will help students succeed, which is a top priority for the University.

“At WKU, we measure ourselves by the success of our students. WKU Summer Start is a great way for students to make the transition to college and prepare for future success,” said Lee.

The program runs July 15-August 10. Applications are due March 31 and are available online at Space is limited.

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Program Contact:
Derek Olive
Director, Continuing and Professional Development

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Study Abroad in Costa Rica – Gatton Academy – Winter 2017

The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky at WKU conducted two simultaneous faculty-led study abroad courses in Costa Rica during the2017 Winter Term.

They conducted biology research at the Cloudbridge Nature Reserve and shared this blog.

Study Abroad in Costa Rica – Gatton Academy 2017

Learn more about the Cloudbridge Reserve at this link.

And learn more about WKU Faculty-Led Study Abroad course here.


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Meet Arthur Clemons – Focusing on a successful WKU On Demand post-traditional student

Arthur Clemons’ father kept Arthur’s 1970 high school graduation photo in his wallet until he died. Arthur was the only one of his children to graduate from high school – the first member of his family to do so, and he was so proud. Arthur enrolled in college after high school but left the University before he earned his degree when he got married and started a family.

Several decades later, Arthur made the decision to go back college and finally earn his degree in Criminology. He is currently enrolled in WKU’s JUMP program, which allows students to complete their Bachelor’s degree while concurrently working on their Master’s. As a post-traditional student, Arthur has found WKU On Demand’s self-paced classes invaluable and they have allowed him to push forward to reach his goals.

Arthur has succeeded because he has a very specific and disciplined approach to tackling his coursework. “FOCUS! I get on it and stay on it! This is not like going to face-to-face classes; I study 3 to 4 hours a day per course, I use flashcards as a study aid, and I work 5 days a week. I take one class at a time, and I put in the time. I test when the material is fresh in my mind because my memory isn’t as great as it was when I was 20! I enjoy learning, and as you get older, taking classes helps to keep you mentally sharp. I don’t want to know all about one thing; I want to know a little about everything.”

The result of this dedication is that Arthur is able to complete an On Demand class in a compressed time frame of 7 or 8 weeks, and then move on to the next one. “I tell myself, ‘I HAVE to get this done’ and I treat it like my job, because it is my job. My daughter-in-law used to ask me why I worked so hard, and I joked that having my degree would look good in my obituary. But, mostly, I do think that my parents would have been proud of me.”

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Study Away Scholarships Open for Summer

wku study awayThe Student Government Association supports Study Away students by offering scholarships.  Open to students taking a Summer 2017 study away course in one the many location offered this summer around the United States.

Deadline is March 31, 2017.

Learn more…

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WKU Winter Term 2017 Reports Record Numbers

Western Kentucky University faculty and staff made the most of their time off in January, resulting in record numbers for Winter Term (WT) 2017.

WKU Winter Term reported record high course enrollment, with 2,268 students taking classes during the three-week term between the fall and spring semesters – the most students taking courses since its inception in 2006.

According to Winter Term Coordinator Alicia Bingham, WT 2017 had record numbers in several areas, including course enrollment and student credit hour production. Study Abroad enrollment during winter term also doubled.

“Students are utilizing winter term to stay on track toward graduation,” said Bingham. “The intensive course format gives students the opportunity to quickly pick up courses they have missed or focus on a more challenging course and lighten their load during fall or spring.”

Bingham stated that online courses continue to be the most popular format during winter term, but that enrollment face-to-face WT classes increased this year.

“Many international students stay in Bowling Green during the holiday break, and they are able to take advantage of additional classes that are offered within their degree programs,” she said.

“Winter term benefits faculty, too,” she added.

Over 200 faculty taught courses during WT2017, with 22 receiving incentives for having over 20 students enrolled in their classes.

“Winter Term 2017 was a success, and we are looking forward to summer 2017 having good numbers, too.”

For information about WKU Winter Term, visit Information on WKU Summer Sessions is available at

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Program Contact:
Alicia Bingham, WKU Winter Term and WKU Summer Sessions Coordinator

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Study Away Winter Term 2017 Courses Recap


wku study awayThe Division of Extended Learning & Outreach (DELO) formed the WKU Study Away program in 2010, offering off-campus programs that help students apply lessons from the classroom in a practical, hands-on setting. Now WKU Study Away has expanded to also administer Faculty-Led Study Abroad (FLSA) courses in collaboration with the Office of Study Abroad and Global Learning and their academic departments and American Traveler, a non-credit experiential learning program.

During Winter Term 2017, Study Away offered courses in Arizona, Hawaii, Tennessee, Utah, Nevada, New York City, and Washington DC.  Courses were offered in geography, floodplain management, film, hospitality management, sports management, and theater to over 105 students and non-credit participants.

The Office of Study Away also partners with faculty and academic department to administer Faculty-Led Study Abroad.  During Winter Term 2017 faculty taught in Australia, Costa Rica, and France with over sixty students studying economics, biology, and leadership, respectively.

The goal is to provide students the opportunity to enhance their academic achievement by providing unique experiences that complements their coursework.  Along with this faculty get to teach in a new way making their location their classroom.

Spring and Summer courses are open with over 34 different locations available for students to earn WKU credit.  New programs include courses in Spain, Italy, South Korea, Florida, and New Mexico.

For more information, visit or the Office of Study Away at 270-745-4512.

Study Away is a unit of the Division of Extended Learning and Outreach.

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Cooperative Center for Study Abroad Storyteller – Hannah Sells

Check out Hannah’s Story from her CCSA Winter course in London.

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Knicely Conference Center Voted Best Place to Have a Business Meeting

Knicely Conference Center Voted Best Place to Have a Business Meeting

The Knicely Conference Center was recently voted the Best Place to Have a Business Meeting in Bowling Green. The honor was presented to the Knicely Center in the 2016 “Best of” publication in November 2016.

“Best of” is an annual publication produced by the Bowling Green Daily News and the Amplifier. Readers nominate their favorite local businesses and services throughout Warren County and then vote on the top five from each category, ranging from favorite restaurants and grocery stores to doctors and dry cleaners.

We are honored to receive this award from the citizens of our community. This reward reflects the Knicely Center staff’s dedication, hard work and commitment to customer service.

We provide a state-of-the-art venue for meetings, conferences and workshops, offering video teleconferencing, spacious rooms, versatile seating arrangements, wireless computer lab and portable audiovisual equipment.

We also host social events like parties, weddings and receptions, as well as equipment rental and on-site catering.

More information is available at

Stuart Cole

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Ireland adventure for Adult learners this Summer

CCSA Offers Unique Opportunity for Adult Learners!

The Cooperative Center for Study Abroad extends a special invitation to adult learners join an Ireland adventure this summer.

Join veteran faculty for an adventure tour of the Emerald Isles and explore the beauty and majesty of southern and western Ireland. A guided coach tour of Dublin will include visits to Trinity College/Book of Kells and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Optional visits to sites such as Guinness Storehouse, Temple Bar, Kilmainham Goal, the National Library, Farmleigh House and the National Museum will also be available during your 3-day stay in Dublin. A special treat will be a night of traditional Irish music and dance at the Irish House Party!

Program details, pricing and application can be found here:  Irish Eyes – July 2017

Please spread the word to alumni groups, community organizations, friends and colleagues. Space is limited, so encourage interested parties to apply early.

Irish Eyes Are Smiling

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