February, 2014 – Spring Semester 2014

Welcome back to the Spring semester!  Here are a few topics that have been on our minds recently…

Rankings News

There is some good news regarding graduate education to report as the university begins its Spring, 2014 semester.  The US News and World Report rankings of online programs released its latest rankings on January 7 and three of our programs have improved their annual ranking:

Nursing (MSN) – we are 71st overall.  In Kansas, we are second only to KU.
Business (MBA) – we are 64th overall and the top ranked school in Kansas.
Education (MS) – we are 20th overall and the top ranked school in Kansas.

Here is the link to the full report.

The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Human Resource Management program has been ranked the #1 Human Resource Management program by GetEducated.com.

The Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) in Public Administration program has been ranked the #1 MPA program by GetEducated.com, as well.

Congratulations to all the graduate faculty who teach in these programs and all the support staff who help make them a success!

Enrollment Record

The Graduate School will set another enrollment record when the 20th day is reached next week on February 14th.  Preliminary data indicate greater than 7% increase over Spring, 2013 enrollment, which was in itself an outlier 14% growth semester over Spring, 2012 20th day data.  Growth of over 21% in 2 years has put us well over the 2000 student mark to approximately 2070 students.  We are the fastest growing Graduate School in the Regents system and will soon overtake Emporia State’s graduate enrollments.  Congratulations for all the hard work undertaken to reach this goal.  I am hopeful additional resources to meet high demand growth areas will be forthcoming in the next budget cycle.

Master’s Research Day at the Capitol 

On February 12, the following master’s students from FHSU will join their colleagues from the University of Kansas, Kansas State University, Wichita State University, and Pittsburg State University in displaying posters of their research on the 2nd floor rotunda of the Capitol.  This event is organized by the Kansas Council of Graduate Deans under the Kansas Board of Regents.

Aubray Magnusson – Communication Disorders – Dr. Jayne Brandel
Brooke Mann – Psychology – Dr. Jennifer Bonds-Raacke
Steven Reed – Geosciences – Dr. Hendratta Ali

Please join me in congratulating these students for their hard work and willingness to represent FHSU!

Paperless Admissions System

The Graduate School has recently received funded to begin converting it’s current application and admission system to a 100% paperless system.  We will be outsourcing this process and integration within the current university Student Information System and financials will take several months to build out.  Later this spring we will begin working with department admissions contacts to provide training for working within this new system.  The Graduate School hopes to launch this system by July 1.

Graduate School Honors Ceremony

The annual Graduate School Honors Ceremony will take place at 7pm at the Eagle Hall of the Robbins Center on May 14, 2014.  Outstanding graduate students and faculty will be honored at this event with a reception to follow.  Please nominate individuals for awards consideration by April 30.

Center for Language and Culture (CLC)

The spring and summer study abroad season is beginning to energize and in addition to sponsoring two opportunities, it will be supporting several others with student scholarships and planning advice.  Max Maximov and Christophe Cheroret will give a lunch presentation on faculty-led study abroad activities on Feb. 20th at noon in the Memorial Union.  Lunch tickets will be provided to the first 40 faculty and staff members.

The CLC will continue to offer faculty members support in designing faculty-led study abroad programs for the 2014-2015 academic year.  Conversation tables in foreign languages will also be scheduled and co-curricular excursions for international students will also be planned.

Internationalization of the Campus and Curriculum Award Nominations

Please consider nominating a deserving faculty or staff member for this annual award by April 1, 2014.  The winner will be recognized at the 2014 Fall Convocation.

Internationalization of the Campus and Curriculum Faculty Survey

The 2014 faculty internationalization survey is now available.  Thank you for responding to the survey in order to help the Internationalization Team consider the issues surrounding faculty internationalization of the campus and curriculum.


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