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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New HLC Guidelines – Are You Ready?

Danni Babb posts an important note about new guidelines for qualified faculty beginning in 2017.

If you teach adjunct for a  four-year institution, part-time for a two- or four-year institution, or teach concurrent enrollment credit in a high school, you will need to be sure you have at least a) a Master’s (or terminal) degree in your field and b) at least 18 credit hours within that degree or beyond in the specific field you teach.

As an example, if you have a Master’s in Business Communication having taken 12 credit hours towards your degree with classes labelled as Communication, to teach a Communication class you would need an additional six credit hours to satisfy the qualifications set forth by HLC.

If you are looking for classes to ‘top up’ a degree in History, Communication, Government, natural Sciences, or English, FHSU offers certificate degree-seeking AND non-degree programs for you.  To find out more, click to our HLC faculty certificates.

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We’re on LinkedIn

The Fort Hays State Graduate School is now on the LinkedIn platform as well as this blog and on Facebook.  Connect with us!



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Meet our students – Jeremy Hughes

hughesJeremy Hughes

Beloit, KS

I graduated from FHSU with a bachelor’s in Organizational Leadership in 2012 and got married shortly after that. Following three years working full time in food services and member services at the Hays Medical Center, I decided to go back to school and earn my MBA at FHSU and further my education and opportunities. At that time, I realized I had a dream to work and teach at a university some day, and a teaching assistantship position would give me a dynamic experience toward this goal. Some interests include traveling and learning about new cultures, playing sports and instruments, and “GoPro”ing my life. My experience in the China GTA program at FHSU has been, so far, proven to be an excellent decision and opportunity for me to grow my professional skills and experiences. I chose the MBA program because of the overall education and useful “hard skills” it would provide, its affordability and tuition assistance, and the opportunity to finish by degree in China–gaining further cultural engagement experience. The staff and faculty have already been assisting me in training and preparing, not only for my next year abroad, but for the next steps after graduation!

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Congratulations, John Gettemeyer

John Gettemeyer, a second-year graduate student in the higher education student affairs master’s program at Fort Hays State University, has received the 2016 National Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year Award from NODA: The Association for Orientation, Transition and Retention in Higher Education.

Congratulations, John, and thanks for your hard work and exception leadership!

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A Different Take on Higher Education Support

Throughout the 2016 Presidential election, attention has focused on higher education with specific focus on its cost.  While FHSU continues to pride itself on our accessible tuition, across the United States higher education institutions are seeing their costs skyrocket.  As a result, access is limited and among those who can pursue higher education their debt loads are concomitantly rising.

During the Democratic primary season Vermont Senator Bernard “Bernie” Sanders promoted an idea to have the federal government pay all tuition for all community- and four-year college students across the country.  Eventual Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s plan called for providing free tuition to children of families making less than $125,000 a year.

New research from the Brookings Institution suggests a different approach to college affordable: subsidize the colleges, not the tuition.

A less-discussed alternative to free college is to invest directly in colleges, especially those that serve low-income students, with the goal of increasing quality rather than only reducing price. Spending at many historically under-resourced institutions has been largely flat in recent years, despite increases in tuition driven by declining state support.

Since declining state support is the primary driver for tuition increases over the last two decades, subsidizing the operational costs of universities and community colleges may be a solution.  But every time a level of government provides money, it adds expectations.  Would the additional federal layer of compliance and complexity be worth the additional money?

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