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Congratulations, alum Nic Nelson!

Nic Nelson, 2007 Master’s of Liberal Studies graduate of FHSU, was just named Athletic Director at Briar Cliff University in Iowa.

Congratulations, Nic!

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Are Professional Skills Getting Shortchanged?

A new report from the Council of Graduate Schools says that academic skill preparation of graduate students is not enough to support and train the 21st century smart workforce.

Survey data reported paints a picture of students only partially ready to go into the working world after their degrees are complete:

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What focus and emphasis should professional skill-building have in a graduate education?  What skills are the most important for our students and your workplaces?

 

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Ed Tech VERSUS Online Learning?

A challenging editorial today in Inside Higher Education claiming that one can hate educational technology but love online learning.

Technology has – at least until now – been more of a force for ill than for good in higher education.
Our edtech tribe has consistently over-promised and under-delivered on the potential and benefits of technology.
We have done too little to put the educator at the center of our efforts.

Are we putting the instructor – and the student, for that matter – at the front of online learning and technology as we should?

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What Should Be on Your Transcript?

In Inside Higher Education today, an idea for revising the university transcript.  For a century, transcripts have been a listing of classes with a GPA and the university’s name.  A university degree, especially at the graduate level, is much more than what the transcript captures though.

The article suggests inclusion of the following in a transcript:

  • A Developmental RecordTo ensure well-rounded development, recognition is awarded on the transcript to students who have taken part in a series of community service and enrichment activities, including lectures, concerts, and artistic performances.

  • A 21st Century Literacy RecordTo recognize the acquisition of such 21st century literacies – including cross-cultural competence, critical and contextual thinking, advanced communication skills, and sensemaking – digital badges would be displayed on the transcript.

  • A Co-curricular TranscriptTo acknowledge the skills and knowledge that students acquire in co-curricular activities – such as internships, externships, study abroad, service learning – these would be included on the transcript.

  • A Competency-based Transcript Alongside grades, a competency-based transcript would specify the abilities, aptitudes, and skills that a student had demonstrated and mastered. There is an ongoing debate about how granular and standardized the competencies should be.

  • A Universal TranscriptA universal transcript would consolidate all of a student’s learning – academic and non-academic.  Such a universal transcript might help individuals receive academic credit for military and corporate training.

What do you want to see on a transcript?  What do employers, doctoral institutions, and the public need to see?  How can we provide that information?

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TODAY – Initial Spring ’17 Enrollment Deadline

Graduate students – today is the deadline for pre-enrolled students to finalize their enrollment for Spring 2017!  If you pre-enrolled for classes, you must finalize them before midnight U.S. Central time tonight or risk losing your spot in the classes for which you’ve pre-enrolled.  Classes have mostly filled, so don’r risk losing your spot – finalize your enrollment today!

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FHSU’s online MBA is #1!

Fort Hays State University’s online MBA program has been recognized by AffordableColleges.com! In their review of 2016 data from schools across the nation, FHSU rose to the top.  They set out to find the programs that combine quality with affordability, and they recognized FHSU’S excellent student-firsf focus and accessible tuition rates.

Ready to take the next step?  Apply here!

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Meet Zahrah Aljaber

Zahrah Aljaber came to Fort Hays State University from Alhasa, Saudi Arabia. She graduated with her Master’s degree in General Communication Studies after two years and three major chapter publications with Common Ground LLC in Champaign, Illinois. Zahrah received her Bachelor’s degree in Arabic Language from King Fasil University, and has worked as an Arabic language instructor. She speaks Arabic, English and some Farsi. Now her focus is on family life and university teaching in Saudi Arabia while contributing research and bilingual, bicultural language skills. Zahrah mentors and volunteers in the international academic community. Her research on electronic communication in the UAE was published in 2015, Electronic Communication in Developing Countries Explanatory Theory, Volume 2 as chapter 18,  (https://cgscholar.com/bookstore/works/electronic-communication-in-developing-countries?category_id=common-ground-publishing  and  https://www.amazon.com/Electronic-Communication-Developing-Countries-Explanatory/dp/1612298060).

She is soon to be published with co-researcher Marcella McCluskey as chapter 3, “Internet and Electronic Communication Usage in Online Shopping in Jordan,” and as sole researcher and author of “Internet and Mobile Phone Usage in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Education,” chapter 6; both in Electronic Communication in Developing Countries: A World of Difference, Volume 3 in 2017. These three chapters comprise sections of her MS thesis, Advancing Education: Using Mobile Electronics to Deliver Communications, which are strategic in policy formation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Her thesis director and editor was Dr. Connie Eigenmann, Professor of Communication Studies, Fort Hays State University.

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