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Monthly Archives: November 2016
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!
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!
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?
Environmental history, public history
I enjoy being in the outdoors as much as possible, so when I find a bit of downtime from graduate work I prefer to “unplug” and go fishing or camping.
I chose my graduate program because of the encouragement and support I received from the history department as an undergrad, so I knew it would be a good fit to continue my education at FHSU.
My experience with my graduate program has been nothing short of great. Not only have I been able to explore subjects that interest me in greater depth, but as a GTA I have gotten to lecture in front of classes as well as instruct online history courses.