There’s Still Time to Register for WKU Summer Start!

This program allows first-year students to earn 6 credit hours, experience campus life, create effective study habits and become acclimated to college before their first college term begins in the fall. Students receive a well-rounded introduction to undergraduate academic and social life at the University.

The cost for Summer Start is $3500 for in-state and out-of-state students. Financial aid is available!

Summer Start includes:

Spots are Still Available! To apply, visit the WKU Summer Start website today.

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Summer Early Entry 2018 Registration is Now Open

For many students, math, literacy, and English are challenging subjects. As students enter college, they often need developmental classes to prepare them for future coursework. Summer Early Entry (SEE) allows first-time freshman the opportunity to complete developmental courses during the summer, while bridging the gap between high school and university level courses.

SEE is a 5-week program where students live on campus, meet with tutors, and take developmental math, literacy, or English classes. Students enroll in two courses, which can also include University Experience or Math 109 for credit. SEE students get to know WKU faculty and staff, as well as other students through social activities and events.

Students qualify for developmental courses based on ACT, SAT, or placement exam scores. When student test scores fall within the range set by WKU, developmental coursework is required. A list of the exam scores can be found at

“We want students to graduate on time, so offering the developmental courses in the summer allows students to stay on track,” said Alicia Spurlock, WKU Summer Sessions Program Coordinator. “With Summer Early Entry, students get introduced to college life, complete courses, and end the program more prepared for the fall.”

Director of Student Support Programs Carlous Yates said the program also provides resources that students can use throughout their college career.

The program fee includes tuition for two classes, campus housing, meal plans, M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan and a variety of social activities/events. Financial aid may be available for students who complete the 2017/2018 FAFSA in addition to the 2018/2019 FAFSA. For more information, visit

Program dates are July 9-August 9. Applications are available online now at

Program Contact: Carlous Yates, Director of Student Support Programs








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Partnership Develops Mental Health Video Series for WKU Online Students

WKU Online is partnering with the WKU Counseling and Testing Center (CTC) to produce a series of videos for online learners. The videos will cover topics such as grief, depression, anxiety, and other issues. This is a joint effort between Instructional Design (Andrew Swanson), the Technology Resource Center (Julie Taylor), WKU Online (Holly Young), and counselors at the CTC. 

The series will be used in the WKUCARES organization in Blackboard and is part of Coaching for Academic Readiness and Excellence (CARE), a success coaching program for WKU Online students. The goal of CARE is to help students garner skills to help them achieve their goals through resources that improve time management skills, proactivity, goal-setting, effective study habits, successful test taking and more. The program is recommended for students enrolled in online or hybrid programs. 

Through CARE, students can meet with their student success coach through email, phone, text, or even Skype. By participating in CARE, students have easy access to resources to help them stay on track, including tips for using the library at a distance, writing assistance, and more. Students can also interact with staff and other students, providing an expanded network of support. 

For more information about resources for online students, email Holly Young or Donna Kasznel at or visit the WKU Academic Success Coaching website.


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Society for Lifelong Learning at WKU Class Registrations are Booming!

The SLL members are enrolling in spring term classes now, and they are filling quickly. Members have already reserved over 400 seats.  It’s not too late to register.

It’s not too late to join the SLL and register for classes. Membership Benefits include:

  • Access to a wide variety courses
  •  Travel and social events
  • Flex Memberships are also available to fit your lifestyle
  • Food For Thought events
  • “An Evening With…” events
  • Free parking
  • And much more

For a list of classes, check out the Spring Catalog here.

To join the SLL, visit the website or call (270) 745-1912.

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The Society for Lifelong Learning at WKU Offers Three Food For Though Events this Spring

The SLL has three Food For Thought events this spring. These are open to the entire community and include interesting presentation and lunch. Upcoming events are listed below, along with registration links.

Spaces are limited, so it’s best to register early.

Adventures in Kentucky Barbecue

“If you can kill it, I can cook it,” barbecue man, Red Seavers of Southern Red’s Bar-B-Que, boasted when Wes Berry ate at the southwest Kentucky joint – one of more than 200 he’s visited.

In that one sentence, Red summed up Kentucky’s open-minded approach to cooking critters with heat from wood and coals. In this presentation, the “Hungry Professor” surveys Kentucky’s regional barbecue traditions – probably a greater variety of barbecue styles per capita and square footage than any other state – with a slide show and stories of the people, places, and plates he encountered in the Commonwealth while researching The Kentucky Barbecue Book.

April 4, 2018
Presenter: Wes Berry, Ph.D.
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch: $11 

Register Now! 


Raw honey, locally produced from naturally-raised bees, is not just a sweetener – it’s a “health food!” Learn how local beekeeper Michael McClellan is using homemade horizontal beehives to raise bees naturally without chemical treatments in order to produce the healthiest honey possible from diverse wildflower sources. This raw honey from Irish Acres Apiary will be available for tasting and purchase.

May 2, 2018
Presenter: Michael McClellan
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch: $11

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Smartphones have the ability to take outstanding photos yet many people do not know how to use them to their full potential. This lunch-time event will give attendees the opportunity to learn how to get the best quality photos out of the camera that we always have with us. Bring your smartphone out while Clinton shows us the do’s and don’ts of taking pictures that will preserve those special occasions with family and friends, as well as documenting travels and adventures.

April 18, 2018
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch: $11

Register Now!

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WKU’s Distance Learning Testing Centers to Co-Host State Conference

On Friday, March 23rd, WKU’s Distance Learning Testing Centers (DLTC) will co-host the 8th Annual Kentucky Association of Testing Administrators at Colleges (KATAC) conference at Owensboro Community and Technical College in Owensboro, KY in conjunction with WKU Counseling and Testing as representatives of the KATAC board. 

The conference will be filled with professional development workshops focusing on customer service, data collection, NCTA news, as well as, networking and testing hot topics. 

To register, click here.

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Get a great “Foundation” with new WKU ON Demand courses

WKU On Demand is very pleased to announce that we have added two exciting new, and newly redesigned classes Foundations courses to our catalog for Spring 2018:

MAT 109C (General Math), newly redesigned by Mr. Zachary Bettersworth, is a Math course for non-science majors, suggested for the student who has satisfactorily completed the minimum high school math requirements and needs no further work in algebra.

MAT 109C satisfies the Foundations Quantitative Reasoning requirement. Topics include sets, introduction to probability and statistics, geometry, and consumer mathematics. MAT 109C fulfills the D.2. (Mathematics) general education requirement here at WKU. The course will help the student to understand and apply mathematical skills and concepts. Students complete their work in MyMathLab and there are two proctored exams in the course.

Dr. Marko Dumancic has developed HIST 102 for WKU On Demand. HIST 102 (WORLD HISTORY SINCE 1500) satisfies the Foundations World History requirement. HIST 102 provides an introduction to the global past since 1500. It helps students to understand the diversity of and the connections between the world’s cultures and ideologies and to become acquainted with global political, social, and economic history. It uses readings, exams, and “history labs” to introduce students to major historical developments and consequences as well as key achievements, turning points and individuals impacting world history.

This course also encourages students to think analytically about how people have created and adapted societies and institutions in response to the challenges and opportunities that have confronted them. In addition to the essay and lab work required for this course, there are three proctored exams.

History 102 aims to prepare students for life by emphasizing: Critical thinking, informed citizenship, historical perspective, and social engagement.

Both of these courses are currently open and available for registration. If you know a student who may be interested, they can register for our self-paced, online courses anytime by phone (270-745-4158) or online ( Payment is required at the time of registration, and Financial Aid is accepted.


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DELO Shines at OLC Accelerate Conference

Several members of WKU’s DELO team presented at the annual Online Learning Consortium’s (OLC) Accelerate convention on November 15. The OLC Accelerate convention is focused on “quality online learning, advancing best practice guidance and accelerating innovation in learning for academic leaders, educators, administrators, online learning professionals and organizations around the world.”

DELO’s Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning’s Instructional Design Team members Juliana Ortolani and Andrew Swanson’s presentation, “Video in Teaching and Learning: Stay Ahead of the Curve” explored the impact that video has on a global scale, and how this information applies to teaching and learning, and the implementation best practices. Their presentation made the case for the importance of video in online classes, and why this medium specifically should not be ignored. Andrew and Juliana gave specific teaching and learning video examples displaying how to effectively engage students and meet learning outcomes. They also explored different video tools, both hardware and software, for creating engaging videos on a scalable level.

WKU Online’s Holly Young, the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning’s Catie Yates, and WKU On Demand’s Donna Kasznel presented, “The C.A.R.E. Model: Reconstructing the Online Learning Experience through Individualized Student Success Coaching.” This session explored the various avenues through which the program builds relationships with students and guides them through their academic experience. As non-traditional learners continue to redefine higher education, it becomes increasingly important to provide digitally-accessible alternatives for instruction and student support. The session encouraged participants to consider the possibilities of administrative intervention in the form of student-centered success coaching.


OLC describes itself as ‘a collaborative community of higher education leaders and innovators, dedicated to advancing quality digital teaching and learning experiences designed to reach and engage the modern learner’, and the thousands who attended the three-day conference benefited from a wide variety of innovative educational presentations and interactive sessions.

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New Resources For Online Learners And Faculty/Staff Who Work With Them

As you know, this year DELO reorganized to sharpen its focus on online learning and strengthen the support provided to students and faculty. As part of this reorganization, WKU Online & WKU On Demand have joined forces to increase the breadth and depth of the support provided for online learners with a focus on  student success and retention, as well as student recruitment.

Since coming together this year, we’ve increased outreach efforts, student support services, and have begun the development of new reference materials and resources for faculty and staff who work with online learners.

Below is a brief “progress report” with a few resources that may interest you:

  • Developed the Advisors’ Guide to Online Learning: The Guide is a comprehensive website for faculty and staff who work with online learners, and is tailored to allow direct navigation to most needed resources from a faculty and staff perspective. This site will provide you with the most up-to-date information on things such as:
    • Online Degree Programs
    • Completing the Colonnade Program Online
    • Changes Impacting Online Learners
    • New Support Services for Online Learners
  • Worked with the instructional design team to redesign the Topper Orientation Program for Online Learners: TOP for Online Learners is for degree-seeking undergraduate students, and built around the idea that  the needs of those studying exclusively online differ from those living on campus. TOP for Online Learners walks students through the process of setting up their student accounts and accessing resources online. They also receive tips for succeeding at a distance, gain an understanding of financial aid, as it applies to web and on demand classes, and more! In TopNet, students with a “web” campus indicator are directed to this page for more information. Once enrolled in the orientation, and they proceed at their own pace. Upon completion their TOP hold is lifted, they are provided with advisor information, and can download a guide for future reference.
  • Expanded Coaching for Academic Readiness & Excellence (CARE) via Starfish EARLY ALERT: Starfish is a retention software for monitoring student progress in their courses and degree program, and provides daily reports of critical action items. The list of action items are based on the parameters of the flags that coaches set-up in Starfish. Flags are among the key features in Starfish – they are customizable and can be set based on academic standing, type of course, student, student-group, course participation, assignments, and/or course average. They allow coaches to manage those most at-risk, first, through a comprehensive dashboard that reaches across all disciplines.
    Starfish makes it possible for staff to provide high-touch support for a large number of students in an efficient manner without ever seeing inside the Blackboard course site. This, in turn, helps faculty manage their workloads.
    It’s scalable, and student centered. The implementation of Starfish EARLY ALERT has allowed us to increase the number of students who receive coaching from 12 to over 2,000!
    For more information on CARE, including coaching best practices and a virtual tour of Starfish EARLY ALERT, click here.
  • Newsletters: As an additional way of reaching out, and providing timely information, we now have both a student newsletter, and a faculty/staff newsletter. The faculty/staff newsletter is published quarterly, and will be sent by email. Additionally, you can always access the latest issue through the Advisors’ Guide.
  • Expanded Communication Plans: As part of the recruitment process, we have expanded communication plans, and enhanced the information provided to prospective online learners. This communication incorporates inbound marketing strategies by providing timely, student-centered information based on the value of earning a degree, career outlook information, and downloadable resources. Communication goes out to students who have inquired, but not applied for admission, and students who have been admitted, but not registered for classes:
    • Initial inquiry correspondence
    • Follow-up correspondence received within two days after initial conversation
    • 2 weeks
    • 30 Days
    • 45 Days
    • 60 Days
    • 90 Days
    • 120 Days

Working Together…

Have you noticed a gap in support among the online learners with whom you work? Or do you have a cool idea for a new support strategy? We would love the opportunity to work with you! If you have suggestions – whether it’s for how we can improve internal communication/information or student support – please email Laura Ricke or call 270-745-2481.

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Addressing the Opioid Epidemic: An Evening With Dr. Todd R. Cheever

Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. While the nation has seen an increase in overdoses related to prescription opioids, fatal overdoses involving heroin have tripled since 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And ages 55-64 have the largest increase in overdose deaths.

Dr. Todd R. Cheever will discuss the opioid epidemic on Tuesday, November 14 during “An Evening With.”

Cheever is the Associate Dean of the new University of Kentucky College of Medicine – Bowling Green Campus whose clinical work has focused on treating adults with chronic mental illnesses and substance use disorders. He will share valuable insight into the increase in opioid addiction and how to address it.

The free event will take place at the Augenstein Alumni Center. Coffee and desserts will be served at 6:30 p.m., and the program begins at 7. To RSVP, visit by Monday, November 13.

An Evening With is cohosted by the WKU Alumni Association and the Society for Lifelong Learning at WKU (SLL), a member-driven organization that offers a wide range of high quality, intellectually stimulating, non-credit educational programs and experiences for ages 50 and over who have a love for learning. For information about the Society for Lifelong Learning at WKU, visit Free parking will be available in the Alumni Square Garage.

The Society for Lifelong Learning is a member-driven organization that offers a wide range of high quality, intellectually stimulating, non-credit educational programs and experiences for people 50 and over who have a love for learning.

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Society for Lifelong Learning Contact
Dr. Cindy Ehresman
Program Manager, WKU Lifelong Learning
Western Kentucky University Division of Extended Learning and Outreach

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