What Should Be on Your Transcript?

In Inside Higher Education today, an idea for revising the university transcript.  For a century, transcripts have been a listing of classes with a GPA and the university’s name.  A university degree, especially at the graduate level, is much more than what the transcript captures though.

The article suggests inclusion of the following in a transcript:

  • A Developmental RecordTo ensure well-rounded development, recognition is awarded on the transcript to students who have taken part in a series of community service and enrichment activities, including lectures, concerts, and artistic performances.

  • A 21st Century Literacy RecordTo recognize the acquisition of such 21st century literacies – including cross-cultural competence, critical and contextual thinking, advanced communication skills, and sensemaking – digital badges would be displayed on the transcript.

  • A Co-curricular TranscriptTo acknowledge the skills and knowledge that students acquire in co-curricular activities – such as internships, externships, study abroad, service learning – these would be included on the transcript.

  • A Competency-based Transcript Alongside grades, a competency-based transcript would specify the abilities, aptitudes, and skills that a student had demonstrated and mastered. There is an ongoing debate about how granular and standardized the competencies should be.

  • A Universal TranscriptA universal transcript would consolidate all of a student’s learning – academic and non-academic.  Such a universal transcript might help individuals receive academic credit for military and corporate training.

What do you want to see on a transcript?  What do employers, doctoral institutions, and the public need to see?  How can we provide that information?

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TODAY – Initial Spring ’17 Enrollment Deadline

Graduate students – today is the deadline for pre-enrolled students to finalize their enrollment for Spring 2017!  If you pre-enrolled for classes, you must finalize them before midnight U.S. Central time tonight or risk losing your spot in the classes for which you’ve pre-enrolled.  Classes have mostly filled, so don’r risk losing your spot – finalize your enrollment today!

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Meet our students – Alyson Burnett Rawitch


Alyson Burnett Rawitch
Stilwell, Kansas
M.A. American History/Public History

Archivist volunteer and docent at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum. Prior to the Great Recession I was a mid-level manager at a Fortune 100 Company.  My husband and I will have been married for thirty years and have two grown children.  The Fort Hays State Virtual College allows the flexibility needed by a non-traditional student yet the quality of a traditional school. Each of my professors have been subject matter experts, approachable as well as good teachers. They have supported my intellectual quest through encouraging participation in academic conferences, publication, as well as through the process of interning at one of the area’s most prestigious historical institutions.

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FHSU’s online MBA is #1!

Fort Hays State University’s online MBA program has been recognized by AffordableColleges.com! In their review of 2016 data from schools across the nation, FHSU rose to the top.  They set out to find the programs that combine quality with affordability, and they recognized FHSU’S excellent student-firsf focus and accessible tuition rates.

Ready to take the next step?  Apply here!

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Meet Zahrah Aljaber

Zahrah Aljaber came to Fort Hays State University from Alhasa, Saudi Arabia. She graduated with her Master’s degree in General Communication Studies after two years and three major chapter publications with Common Ground LLC in Champaign, Illinois. Zahrah received her Bachelor’s degree in Arabic Language from King Fasil University, and has worked as an Arabic language instructor. She speaks Arabic, English and some Farsi. Now her focus is on family life and university teaching in Saudi Arabia while contributing research and bilingual, bicultural language skills. Zahrah mentors and volunteers in the international academic community. Her research on electronic communication in the UAE was published in 2015, Electronic Communication in Developing Countries Explanatory Theory, Volume 2 as chapter 18,  (https://cgscholar.com/bookstore/works/electronic-communication-in-developing-countries?category_id=common-ground-publishing  and  https://www.amazon.com/Electronic-Communication-Developing-Countries-Explanatory/dp/1612298060).

She is soon to be published with co-researcher Marcella McCluskey as chapter 3, “Internet and Electronic Communication Usage in Online Shopping in Jordan,” and as sole researcher and author of “Internet and Mobile Phone Usage in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Education,” chapter 6; both in Electronic Communication in Developing Countries: A World of Difference, Volume 3 in 2017. These three chapters comprise sections of her MS thesis, Advancing Education: Using Mobile Electronics to Deliver Communications, which are strategic in policy formation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Her thesis director and editor was Dr. Connie Eigenmann, Professor of Communication Studies, Fort Hays State University.

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Congratulations to FHSU Communication Sciences and Disorders graduate students!

A team of Fort Hays State University graduate students in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders won the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association Knowledge Bowl recently in Philadelphia.

The graduate students competed against 10 other teams in the finals at the 2016 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association conference. FHSU’s chapter of the national association will receive $750 for their student organization, and each of the five participants will receive $150 for the fee of the national certification exam.

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Meet our students – Eleanor Heimbaugh


Eleanor Heimbaugh

Lindsborg KS

Master of Fine Arts Ceramics


I am an artist, educator, and native Kansan.  My current ceramic work is a pseudoscientific investigation of artifacts, specimens, and fossils, of 21st century American culture.


I chose the FHSU MFA Ceramics program because I wanted to work with Linda Ganstrom who is a pillar in the field of ceramics and an expert on teaching how to teach.  A unique quality of the graduate program was being able to be mentored by Linda and work closely with her.


My experience in the MFA Ceramics program has been life changing and provided me

with significant opportunities in my field that have led to my current employment.  The program provided me with challenging content, intensive structure, a network of friends in art, and a Low- Residency option that has helped me to grow as a person, artist, and teacher.

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