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September, 2015

Welcome back to a new academic year! The staff at the Graduate School have been working hard through the summer to process applications for admission and issue GTA contracts for the Fall, 2015 semester as well as clearing Summer, 2015 graduates. We have had record numbers of applications for fall and summer graduates and enrollments continue to climb above 2014 levels, so the year is already off to a strong start.

GTA stipend increases

We are pleased to announce that the university has approved a budget request to increase the GTA stipend from $7,000 per year to $10,000 over the next two years. For the Fall, 2015 semester, GTA contracts are being issued at the rate of $8,500 per year. This stipend has not changed since 2005.

Enhancements to Graduate Student Application System

Graduate School staff are now working with the New Development Team in the Computing Center to build out a substantial enhancement to our current application system which has a goal of going live on or about November 1. Testing will be starting this fall in a few departments and training will be forthcoming after that.

Graduate Student Conference Travel Competition

The Graduate School will begin to offer a competition for graduate student conference travel funding assistance in September, 2015. We plan to run one competition in the fall and one competition in the spring semester. Graduate students interested in this opportunity should visit the student conference travel assistance page on the Graduate School website to learn more and to apply. The Fall application deadline is September 15.

Graduate Council News

The Graduate Council met on August 26th at 3:30pm in Picken Hall #122. We are pleased to add the 20th graduate degree program to FHSU with the launch of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (approved by KBOR in June, 2015) so we now have 21 sets on the Council. Graduate Council members for 2015-2016 with their programs and date of term expiration are:

Dr. Jim Barrett (MSE – 2016)
Dr. Jennifer Bonds-Raacke (MS and EdS in Psychology – 2016)
Janelle Harding (MSN – 2016)
Dr. Kim Perez (MA in History – 2016)
Linda Ganstrom (MFA – 2016)
Dr. Tom Schafer (MS in Geosciences – 2017)
Dr. Jayne Brandel (MS in SLP – 2017)
Dr. Elliott Isom – (MS in Counseling – 2017)
Dr. Carl Singleton (MA in English – 2017)Dr. Christine Hober (SEC representative – 2017)
Dr. Elmer Finck (MS in Biology – 2017)
Dr. LeAnn Brown (MPS – 2017)
Dr. Robert Moody (MS and EdS in Ed Admin – 2018)
Dr. Greg Weisenborn (MBA – 2018)
Dr. Scott Robson (MS in COMM – 2018)
Dr. Dorothy Fulton (MS in Special Ed – 2018)
Dr. Suzanne Becking (MIT – 2018)
Dr. John Zody (MS in HHP – 2018)
Dr. Jerry Spotswood (MLS – 2018)
Dr. Jenny Manry (DNP – 2018)

Changes – New Faces

With the re-organization of the university this spring, the Graduate School will now have three new faces in the office this fall: Matt Means, Director of the Honors College, Dr. Chapman Rackaway, Director of Liberal Education, and Mr. Kenton Russell, Coordinator of the First-Year Experience. Leslie Paige, Coordinator of the Office of Scholarship and Sponsored Projects remains in the office, but now reports directly to Provost Glynn. Dr. Crowley is now the Dean of the Graduate School and Assistant Provost for Academic Programs.


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May, 2015

Re-Engineering News

Thanks to an outpouring of support from FHSU faculty and staff members, the Graduate School will remain a centralized unit serving the 21 graduate programs at Fort Hays State University. The results of Phase I of the university Re-Engineering process was announced to the university on April 21, 2015. Dr. Tim Crowley will remain as the Dean of the Graduate School and the current office will remain as is in its current office location. Two changes do effect the unit, however. The Office of Scholarship and Sponsored Projects (OSSP) and staff member Leslie Paige will report now to the new position of Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs. Dr. Crowley’s Assistant Provost for Internationalization title will no longer be in effect beginning June 7, 2015 as all international education duties will be assumed by a newly created position of Associate Provost for International Programs. Dr. Crowley will assume responsibility for the Honors College, Liberal Education, and catalog/course management duties for the university.

Graduate School Honors Ceremony

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Faculty, staff, and students gathered on May 13, 2015 to honor outstanding graduate students for the 2014-2015. A group of 25 graduate students and 3 faculty advisors were honored for outstanding achievement and service to the Graduate School. President Martin addressed the gathering with encouraging words and indicated a bright future for graduate education at FHSU. Here is a full list of awardees:

Outstanding MBA Achievement Award
Rachel Frische
Jay Connelly
Jill Moeder
Brandi Obermueller
Kevin Brousson
Jeremy Hacker
Lexie Xiaomeng Lin
David White
Outstanding MLS Culminating Experience Concentration
Dongya Qu IEL
Julie Maranto Humanities
Serena Garcia Social Sciences
Jiawei Dong Global Management
Stephen Combs Humanities
Outstanding GTA Award Degree Program
Adam Armijo Psychology
Kevin Kenney Psychology
Garrett Nathan SLP
Blake Roth SLP
Jackie Kelei Zhang MPS
Lincoln Mohler MBA
Kevin Brousson MBA
Jill Moeder MBA
Ryan Gress HHP
Andrew Gannon HHP
Outstanding Thesis/Field Study/MFA Catalog
Phillip Paul Robbins Psychology
Courtney McCue Psychology
Outstanding Graduate Faculty Advisor
Dr. Robert Meier Informatics
Dr. Jenny Manry Nursing
Mr. Glen McNeil HHP

2015 Commencement Ceremonies


Fort Hays State University celebrated it’s 112th Commencement ceremonies on May 15 and 16. 2015. Approximately 250 graduate students were hooded by Dr. Crowley. The May 15 ceremony included candidates from the Colleges of Business and Entrepreneurship and Health and Life Sciences. The May 16 ceremony included candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences and Education and Technology. We estimate approximately 500 graduate degrees will be cleared by June 1, 2015 from Summer, 2014-Fall, 2014-Spring, 2015.

KBOR Approves Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Degree Program

At the May 20, 2015 Kansas Board of Regents meeting, FHSU’s proposal for a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program was approved. This is the first doctoral program in the university’s history and represents a significant achievement milestone. Program leader Dr. Jenny Manry and Nursing department chair Dr. Christine Hober spent many hours of work this year on this project. Applications for admission to this program will begin to be accepted in January, 2016 with the first cohort of students beginning their studies in the Summer, 2016 session. Please contact Dr. Jenny Manry with additional inquiries.

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January, 2015

The Spring, 2015 semester has begun and a comparison of enrollment reports indicates that we are 145 students larger than Spring, 2014 on the first day of the semester. The four trends to look for in our August, 2014 post continue to remain unchanged – accelerated pathways to Graduate School, technology, internationalization, and prior learning assessment. Recent rankings news of our online degree programs are relatively favorable and help provide momentum for strong program demand. Additional programming trends to watch for in the coming years are: addition of doctoral programs, increased admissions selectively, and possibly increased tuition. As the state of Kansas enters a new period of austerity in terms of state general fund expenditures for higher education, the coming months will be a challenging time for us to continue to offer access to affordable quality graduate programs.

Fall, 2014 notes

The Fall, 2014 semester is now in the history books. The Graduate School continued to be a point of pride for the university in several traditional indicators including: enrollment, learner outcomes indicators, new programming development, and innovative partnerships.

Enrollment News

Fall, 2014 20th day graduate enrollment reached the 2,182 student mark which represents a growth rate of 8.67% over Fall, 2013 20th graduate enrollment. This is the fourth consecutive year of enrollment growth in the Graduate School and five of the last seven years have produced enrollment growth. Fall, 2014 application growth was 7.2% over Fall, 2013 growth. Applications to our graduate programs have increased annually for six of our past seven years for a mean annual growth rate of 8.46%.

Learner Outcomes Indicators

Learner Outcomes data from the Spring, 2014 semester have now been compiled and analyzed. We now have longitudinal data from two academic years for Learner Outcome #1 to compare and baseline data for Learner Outcomes #2 and #3.The three learner outcomes for 19 programs housed in the Graduate School are…

Each graduate student will:
1. demonstrate advanced disciplinary knowledge, skills, and abilities,
2. demonstrate introductory scholarship skills that fit within the FHSU definition of scholarly activities, and
3. demonstrate professional written communication skills.

We now have some longitudinal data for each learner outcome analyzed. Students are assessed on a 5-point Likert scale rubric. Learner Outcome #1 is gathered from faculty committees at the point of comprehensive examination. Our Graduate School rubric defines each value as:

1 = emerging – student has not progressed significantly beyond undergraduate expectations in the discipline
2 = developing – student is beginning to develop advanced knowledge, skills, and abilities in the discipline
3 = advancing – student alternates between advanced and undergraduate level expectations inconsistently
4 = mastering – student displays advanced level disciplinary work in most examples
5 = practicing – student displays advanced level disciplinary work consistently

Learner Outcome #1 – academic years 12-13 and 13-14

Learner outcome #1 data are reported on the comprehensive examination report form. The error bars representing two standard deviations include 95% of these data. Between 14-19% of our end-of-program students are performing below expectations (<=3). The sample size is 1,012 students for this period.

Learner Outcome #2 – academic year 13-14

Learner outcome #2 data are reported on the Admission to Candidacy form. With a mean of 4.15, only 9% of our end-of-program students are failing to meet our research learner outcome goal expectation (<=3).

Learner Outcome #3 – academic year 13-14


Learner outcome #3 data are reported on the Admission to Candidacy form. With a mean of 4.14, only 9% of our end-of-program students are failing to meet our writing learner outcome goal expectation (<=3).

These data demonstrate the tremendous value the 19 FHSU graduate programs add to their students from the point of admission to the point of matriculation.

New Program Development

FHSU is pursuing its first doctoral program – the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).  Nursing faculty and several administrators at FHSU have been working hard this fall working through the approval and review steps necessary to be able to offer this program on the Hays campus.  The Kansas Board of Regents have officially approved our statement of intent to develop this program and we have submitted our complete degree program proposal. Internally, the Graduate Council made history by unanimously approving the DNP degree program proposal at it’s January 28, 2015 meeting. A site visit from external consultants is being coordinated for February, 2015.  Documentation required for a program change of this nature has been submitted to our accrediting agency – the Higher Learning Commission. A final decision about the program approval is expected in June, 2015.

New Partnerships

Our EdS to EdD partnership with Lamar University in Educational Leadership continues to attract students.  This doctoral pathway program is a great value to those seeking online EdD credentials at an affordable price.

Our EdD partnership in Educational Leadership with Baker University also continues to attract students interested in a blended program delivery option.

A 3+2 BA/BS Political Science to MPS program in Campaign Management was signed with Emporia State University.  We look forward to see this example of collaboration between two Regents institution grow and be considered for other professional degree opportunities in the future.

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August, 2014

Next week we will begin our annual ritual of meetings in preparation for launching our Fall, 2014 semester here at FHSU.  We are just putting the finishing touches on our summer session and getting ready for the great migration – the arrival of our faculty and students to campus to begin another year of exciting work together.  The exploration of ideas and the exchange of information continues to grow it seems at an exponential rate in higher education today.  It is both wonderful and terrifying.  What will this year bring at FHSU?  How will the Graduate School impact the university and the region?  The arrival of our new president will certainly influence the directions we take.  It will be an exciting year of change.  One thing is for sure…over 2000 graduate students can’t be ignored.  Big things will happen…change will happen…new paradigms will be defined…and our graduate faculty and students will be in the lead.  Our talented graduate faculty will point them in the right directions and our great staff will support them along the way.  With the success of our graduate students will come the success of our undergraduate students, as well.  Hang on for the ride.  Here are four current trends I see impacting graduate education that we should watch for in the coming year.

Onward and upward,
Dr. Tim Crowley
Dean, Graduate School/Assistant Provost for Internationalization


Four current trends impacting graduate education to watch for this year

1. Accelerated Pathways to Graduate School – look for new programming ideas that use 4+1 or 3+2 models to emerge both within the university and through partnerships with outside institutions (e.g. creating combined bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 5 years).  The benefits of such pathways for outstanding students far outweigh the challenges of implementation.

2. Technology – we think the advances in learning technology and their ubiquity will serve as excellent tools for our graduate faculty to teach in innovative ways and make significant strides forward in new learning models.  In the hands of great people, these tools will create a significant advantage over our competition.  We are excited to see what will emerge from the creativity and innovation of our graduate faculty this year, how our students will perform on our assessments, and to hear what our graduates have to say on our exit surveys.  Technology is also impacting the administrative side of the university, and we are getting closer to doing business in a much more efficient way.

3. Internationalization – technology is making our world smaller and this may be a “breakout” year for the Graduate School to open new markets using the Virtual College as an internationalization asset.  We are stepping closer to this reality each year.  We’re not sure what the model will look like, but several ideas have been proposed that have merit and a few are advancing through the execution stages.  Partnerships have been established, but are not yet activated. Remember that internationalization means “the process of becoming international” and we take two steps forward and one step back every year.  Things look like chaos, but we are moving forward and FHSU is positioned well to move forward through the challenges of its future because of it.

4. Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) –  love it or hate it, it’s on our doorstep.  We’ve been studying this national trend for 2-3 years now, but this will likely be the year when the Graduate School will need to define it’s position on this trend.  Graduate Council, we will be looking to you for guidance, so to be forewarned is to be forearmed.  Start doing your homework to understand what this is all about.  We are already starting to see PLA come into play with admissions (i.e. when students come to us with significant prior learning on their undergraduate transcripts) and we will need to get out in front of what we are going to accept in the form of graduate transfer credit we know is coming our way.  The military market is where we will likely see this the most.  As the military redefines all of its benefit programs after the budget sequester, it looks like graduate education across the nation is going to be the big winner for military officers.  Will we be ready to respond?  We will need to be.

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Summer 2014

In the past few weeks, Graduate School staff have been busy clearing Spring, 2014 degrees, working on low GPA notifications, preparing theses for delivery to Forsyth Library for binding, and continuing to accept and process applications for admission for our programs for Summer and Fall, 2014 admission.  This spring, a record 352 students graduated bringing our total count for the fiscal year to 594, which is also a Graduate School record.

Summer session has now begun at Fort Hays State University.  Enrollment continues to climb in graduate course offerings.  Early reports indicate an additional 120 students, but summer enrollment continues to grow daily due to short course offerings in multiple departments.  Deadlines for the summer session have been posted and emailed to all enrolled students.  The summer session ends on July 25th.

On May 14, 2014, the Graduate School honored the following students and graduate faculty for their outstanding accomplishments in the 2013-2014 academic year:

Outstanding MBA Achievement Awards
Corey Moomaw
Caley Love
Gary Hulett
Michael Liebold
Garrett Love
Outstanding GTA Award
Brittany Sheehan HHP
Jordan Allen HHP
Lisa Jones English
Frances Owen Biological Sciences
Yujing (Sunrise) Wang MBA
Trisha Goetz MBA
Michele Duryea Speech-Language Pathology
Mackenzie McCartney Speech-Language Pathology
George Toman School Psychology
Brooke Mann Psychology (Clinical)
Outstanding Thesis/Field Study/MFA Catalog
Michaela Valli Groeblacher MFA
Clinton Helms Biological Sciences
Sharon McCoy MFA
Carla Sloan-Brown Psychology (Clinical)
Whitney Giesing Psychology (Clinical)
Outstanding Graduate Faculty Advisors
Dr. Greg Farley Biological Sciences
Dr. Sharla Hutchison English

In addition, the Graduate School presented two special awards:

a Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. John Heinrichs accepted by Maureen Duffy:


and a Special Service award to former FHSU Provost Dr. Larry Gould:
Dr. Gould closed the evening by giving his remarks on the progress and evolution of the Graduate School during his tenure as Provost:

New FHSU president Dr. Mirta Martin has been to Hays twice in the past two months to learn more about the university and hold discussions with administrators.  Her term of service officially begins on July 1 and her inauguration is being planned for the Fall semester.  The Graduate School looks forward to working with Dr. Martin on advancing graduate education, research, and internationalization of the campus and curriculum in the coming year.

Dr. Martin
Dr. Martin pictured with Dr. Hammond and Senator Moran at the 2014 President’s Dinner.

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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

The Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) in Public Administration program has been ranked the #1 MPA program by, 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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Week of November 18-22, 2013

Graduate faculty mentoring master’s students in areas represented by various State of Kansas legislative committees (e.g. education, health, agriculture, aviation, biotechnology, energy, transportation, manufacturing, environment, and social services) are encouraged to have their students submit posters for the 1st annual Graduate Research Day at the Capitol on February 12, 2014.  Forty students from Kansas Regents institutions will be chosen to represent their institutions on the 2nd floor rotunda of the Capitol.  At FHSU, we will be using a new electronic competition software package called CompetitionSpace to select five students for this event.  The link for this opportunity is  Faculty in these areas should share this link with their students and students should submit the required materials for review of their posters.  The deadline for this will be January 10, 2014.  Thank you for encouraging your students to submit their research work for this opportunity.  Transportation and lunch for the day will be provided.  Note that this is not an adjudicated competition with prizes.  All five FHSU representatives will be recognized equally.  This initiative is being sponsored by the Kansas Council of Graduate Deans (KCGD).

In additional research-related news, the university has been engaged in discussions about export controls.  Drafts of a proposed policy is being shared with Graduate Council and Provost’s Council in preparation for consideration by President’s Cabinet.  Export controls is a complex topic of arcane Federal regulations, but relates to FHSU in a couple of ways – most visibility in the case of specialized proprietary software which is considered a “deemed export”.  As more of our students are foreign nationals, this topic becomes increasingly relevant in our Graduate School.  In all cases, the university will strive to pursue public domain or fundamental research exclusions to these restrictions when possible.

The approach of the end of the semester means high stakes examinations and consequent anxiety and apprehension among our graduate students.  The deadline for reporting comprehensive examinations to the Graduate School has just passed, so if you have not submitted your ballots to the Graduate School for your students, please do so as soon as possible.  The Graduate School policy and procedures for academic appeals can be found at

To close, here are recent data related to the growth of new graduate students (red) vs. new undergraduate students (blue) in our Virtual College programming over the last four years.  It will be interesting to see if the trend lines continue in the same directions next fall.

Comparison of VC enrollment growth 2010-2013 by student

Happy Thanksgiving and safe travels!

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