Meet Arlea Carmack

Arlea Carmack

Name: Arlea Carmack
City: Boise, Idaho
Program: EdS in Educational Leadership

I am a mother of 3 sons, a daughter, and grandmother of 14 grandchildren. Attending FHSU Virtual College has given me the freedom to balance my personal life and realize my potential.

I love to learn, to teach, and I love my job as an Adjunct Instructor at FHSU in the Advanced Education Program. My goals are to make a difference in collegiate education and to work from home. I chose the EdS program because a great advisor and mentor, Dr. Suzanne Becking, has helped me see how I can reach my goals.

FHSU has the personal connections between students and faculty that inspire students to reach higher in their education goals and they truly care for their students’ successes. My experiences in the EdS program have been life-changing for me. It has opened doors of possibilities while showing me the difference an Educational Leader can make in their educational role, as well as, their personal lives.

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The Contribution of Masters Degrees at Public Universities

Today’s Inside Higher Ed  features a study of State Comprehensive Universities (SCUs), the category in which you’ll find FHSU.  The study points out that while flagship universities might get most of the attention, the SCU Master’s program offers some unique advantages for students to consider when selecting a graduate program.

“They really provide service to a large number of students, but they don’t get the same press as research institutions,” Titus said. “Many of those students come from disadvantaged backgrounds. They’re nontraditional students, students who don’t live very far away from the institutions they attend.”

FHSU’s mission focuses on serving students who are non-traditional, full-time employed, or from underserved populations.  Our small size also allows us to provide mentorship and support opportunities often lacking at flagship institutions.

Our affordable tuition also provides an advantage to serve students who might not otherwise find a good experience.  Like other SCU’s, Fort Hays State provides accessible quality education because we use our resources very wisely:

Researchers calculated cost-efficiency indexes for residual (short-term) efficiency and for persistent (long-term) efficiency using four models. Across all models, the residual, or short-term, cost-efficiency index for public master’s institutions notched a mean of approximately 91 percent. The persistent, or long-term, cost-efficiency index mean came in between roughly 84 percent and 86 percent. It was 85.7 percent in two models.

“That represents the percentage of efficiency compared to an institution that’s 100 percent cost-efficient, so they’re using resources in an efficient way that would minimize their costs,”

Want to find out more about what our service mission and agile organization can do for you?  There’s more information here or you can contact us at

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Meet Ryan Terry – MBA Alumnus

Ryan Terry

I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Management at The University of Texas at Arlington.  I teach human resource management and organizational behavior and conduct research in the areas of strategic human resource management and sports management.

The China MBA program was easily the greatest experience of my life.  Not only did I receive a great education that prepared me to excel in a Ph.D. program, I also gained invaluable life experiences that caused me to change the way I look at the world which cannot be duplicated.

I chose the China MBA program for the remarkable opportunity to simultaneously earn an elite degree, live overseas and experience a new culture, and gain valuable teaching experience which led me to my chosen career.  I’ll never forget the adventure, ambiguity, challenge, and satisfaction that came with everyday life in China.

Ryan Terry
Arlington, TX

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How is Analytics Changing Higher Ed?

In EdTech Magazine today, a good summary of the big emerging technology trends in higher education.  At the FHSU Graduate School we are always looking for new ways to better serve our students, and the use of data-analytic technology is coming with our new Predictive Analytics system and ERP transition.

But focus on the back-end processes is one thing.  Student learning is another, as one of the panelists shared at the conference:

“How much do you direct a student toward the best practices for them, and how much do you teach them what best practices are by presenting a dashboard and letting them make their own decisions, based on those analytics, about what they should be doing next?”

As students, what were the things that contributed most to your success, and how can we capture them?

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Meet Our Graduate Students – Nancy Patel

Nancy PatelNancy Patel

St. Robert, Missouri

Nancy’s degree: Master of Professional Studies in Human Resource Management.  I graduated from FHSU in May 2016. In June I started working as HR Manager for Woodridge of Missouri LLC dba Piney Ridge Center, it is a residential behavioral treatment center for kids from ages 6 to 21. My position has allowed me to explore various aspects of HR. I am responsible to manage overall processes of the HR functions at my facility. In short amount of time that I have been here, I have already looked into many areas such as the recruitment processes, performance management, employee relations, FMLA, worker’s compensation, policies and procedures etc.

With a background in Psychology, I knew I loved working with people and HR was a perfect balance for me to help people grow and be part of their success.

At FHSU I got excellent mentoring for my career in HR and extremely hardworking, dedicated faculties, who wanted success for their students. HR program at FHSU is outstanding, as it gives students a balance of theory and application in the field.

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Splitting Education and Certification?

A provocative story in today’s Inside Higher Education reports on a group’s desire to uncouple career certification from higher education.

Specifically, the group calls for:

A better approach, the group said, would be for the federal government to push for the creation of a “national network of certified organizations that assess the learning and skills of young people before they enter the workforce.”

Many programs already have standardized disciplinary accreditation, such as CAEP that accredits FHSU’s teacher education programming.  Should accreditation be discipline-specific?  And what implications would discipline-specific accreditation hold?  How would multi- and cross-disciplinary programs be covered in this new model?

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Meet Our Graduate Students – Karen Molineaux 

erly Karen Molineaux
Sitka, Alaska

My Program: Masters of Instructional Technology

I completed my History under grad, and Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) from Eastern Oregon University. I am currently the Instructional Design Technician for the University of Alaska Southeast-Sitka, as well as a wife, mom, step-mom, grandma of 5 (almost 6), and licensed Oregon teacher.

During my MAT program, we trained in technology use in the classroom; I instantly fell in love, and knew that I needed to continue studying and learning this area of education. What attracts me the most to Instructional Technology is that I get to translate pedagogical research and best practices into tool kits that are crafted to promote a sense of community for online rural, remote, and Alaska Native students for retention and completion outcomes – all with a constant focus on student success. In my current position at UAS-Sitka, I have been able to do just that as a member of the Student Services Title III Grant Team. This field continues to expose me to a deeper understanding of all departments in the educational arena, especially in higher ed student affairs and the crosswalk between high school and college or career pathways.

I chose FHSU’s MIT program because of 3 major criteria: It is fully online, the tuition is the best in this field of study that I had found, and the institution is all about Google! My instructors set me up for success from day one, and because of this, I was able to enter into the field of instructional design at the higher ed level with skills and confidence that I had always dreamed of. My experience inspired me to continue on, and I am now in FHSU’s Educational Specialist program for Educational Leadership!


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