WKU Online Supporting the recruitment, retention & success of distance learners

  • ICYMI: U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT RANKS WKU ONLINE PROGRAMS AMONG BEST IN NATION
  • HELP YOUR ONLINE STUDENTS STAY ON TRACK WITH COACHING FOR ACADEMIC READINESS & EXCELLENCE
  • HELPING STUDENTS UNDERSTAND TUITION
  • BENEFITS OF TEACHING SUMMER CLASSES
  • SUPPORTING ONLINE LEARNERS
  • RESOURCES TO REMEMBER
  • CONTACT US

ICYMI: U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT RANKS WKU ONLINE PROGRAMS AMONG BEST IN NATION

In its annual ranking of the best online degree programs, U.S. News & World Report has named WKU among the top schools nationwide in five areas for 2017.

“It’s an honor for WKU online degrees to be recognized in these rankings. We’re committed to making quality education as accessible as possible to our students. This national recognition highlights the outstanding work by our faculty and staff,” said WKU Provost Dr. David Lee.

WKU ranked fifth in the nation in the Best Online Bachelor Degree Programs category. The ranking also placed WKU’s M.A. in Criminology 15th in the category of Best Online Criminal Justice Graduate Programs. WKU’s Master of Science in Nursing was ranked 21st in the nation in the Best Online Nursing Degree category. WKU’s Master of Arts in Education for Teacher Leaders ranked 35th in the nation for Online Graduate Education Programs. Gordon Ford College of Business was ranked among the Best Online MBA Programs, climbing 23 places to 61st.

The methodology used in these rankings include student engagement, faculty credentials and training, peer reputation and student services and technology.

“Online students at WKU are encouraged to participate in peer-to-peer interactions, have opportunities for substantive and regular interaction with outstanding faculty and have access to services and technology that support their learning,” said Dr. Julie Uranis, director of Distance & Innovative Learning at WKU.

According to Dr. Beth Laves, associate vice president, Extended Learning & Outreach at WKU, numerous departments contribute to the success of online students.

“We have a large staff of professionals committed to helping online students achieve success. Departments such as Academic Technology, Distance Learning, Library Services, Online Program Services, the Online Writing Center and many others provide ongoing support to distance students,” she added. “The availability of this support helps distance students connect with University resources when they need it, regardless of where they live.”

For information about online degree programs at WKU, visit wku.edu/online or call (270) 745-5173. The methodology used in these rankings can be found online at www.usnews.com/online.

HELP YOUR ONLINE STUDENTS STAY ON TRACK WITH COACHING FOR ACADEMIC READINESS & EXCELLENCE

WKU Online's student success coaching program, Coaching for Academic Readiness & Excellence (CARE), is dedicated to helping distance learners (semester-based web and on demand students) stay on track toward achieving their goals.

The program provides distance learners with a single-point of contact, a personal academic success coach, who will be there for them every step of the way! The student's assigned coach is committed to understanding their needs, answering questions, helping them overcome obstacles and connecting them with resources across campus, including time management, research and writing assistance, technology support, and organization strategies - each resource is distance friendly and designed to lessen stress while improving performance.

Tuition: Part of Every Student's Financial Success

Helping Students Understand Tuition Charges

As faculty and staff members at WKU, we have all faced questions regarding tuition: Is there a full-time rate? What's the distance learning fee? Will I have to pay out of state tuition?

When we are able to answer knowledgeably, it eases everyone's frustration and helps the student.

Here are a few simple things to keep in mind.

First, tuition rates are based on several factors:

  • Student Classification (undergraduate or graduate)
  • Enrollment Status (full-time or part-time)
  • Delivery Mode (Web, On Demand, Face-to-Face) and even the combination of delivery modes plays a part!
  • Residency: In-state or out-of-state

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Full Time Students

Online Students: Students enrolling exclusively in web courses (i.e. semester based web courses, On Demand courses or a combination of the two) are charged the applicable per credit hour rate. There is no full-time distance learning rate, and no out-of-state tuition is ever charged. (Students will be charged the distance learning rate for semester-based web credit hours; the current in-state tuition rate for on demand credit hours, regardless of the number of hours in which the student enrolls).

Semester-based web + face-to-face: Full-time undergraduate students who enroll in a combination of face-to-face classes + web will be charged the applicable in-state or out-of-state tuition rate + an additional per credit hour fee for the web class (the 2016-2017 is $100 per credit hour)

On Demand + face-to-face and/or web: Full-time undergraduate students who enroll in a combination of on demand + face-to-face and/or web classes are charged per credit hour, based on class type (face-to-face, web or on demand) for all hours taken up to 12 credit hours.

Those enrolling in at least 12 hours of face-to-face or web classes, plus an on demand class(es) are charged the applicable full-time tuition rate + the established per-credit-hour web course fee for "web" sections + per credit hour rate for the additional on demand class(es). On Demand credit hours are not included in full-time tuition.

This is often the most complicated tuition model. We’ve included some examples below to illustrate how this combination impacts the student bill at the undergraduate level:

Scenario A: If Sam is enrolled in 9 face-to-face credit hours + 3 on demand, she will pay the per credit hour rate for every class. Her face-to-face credit hour tuition charge will be based on whether she is classified as in-state or out-of-state. The per credit hour charge for her class taken through On Demand will be the in-state per credit hour rate.

Scenario B: Sam enrolls in 6 face-to-face credit hours + 6 web credit hours + 3 on demand credit hours. She will pay full-time tuition as an in-state or out-of-state student + the established fee for her 6 hours of web classes (the 2016-2017 is $100 per credit hour) + the in-state per credit hour tuition rate for her on-demand course.

Part Time Students

Part-time undergraduate students who enroll in a combination of delivery modes are charged the applicable per credit hour rate for each course.

  • On Demand Courses: The per credit hour rate for in-state undergraduate students is always charged, regardless of location (no out of state tuition is ever charged).
  • Web Courses: The per credit hour web course rate is always charged, regardless of location (no out of state tuition is ever charged).
  • Face-to-face Courses: The applicable in-state/out-of-state per credit hour rate is charged.

Graduate Student Tuition

As a graduate student, the applicable per credit hour rate for course type always applies. There is no full-time tuition rate for graduate students.

  • On Demand Courses: The per credit hour rate for in-state graduate students is always charged, regardless of location (no out of state tuition is ever charged).
  • Web Courses: The per credit hour web course rate is always charged, regardless of location (no out of state tuition is ever charged).
  • Face-to-face Courses: The applicable in-state/out-of-state per credit hour rate is charged.

Current Rates

2016-2017 Web Course Rate

  • Undergraduate Students: $496 per Credit Hour
  • Graduate Students: $679 per Credit Hour

2016-2017 On Demand Rate

  • Undergraduate Students: $413 per Credit Hour
  • Graduate Students: $570 per Credit Hour

Kentucky P-12 Professional Educator Rate

The Kentucky P-12 Professional Educator Rate is a special tuition rate for Kentucky teachers in specific graduate programs. It is $395 per credit hour. This rate does not apply to On Demand courses.

Please visit the Bursar's website for complete tuition information, current rates and applicable course fees.

PLANNING FOR SUMMER 2017

It’s never too early to start planning your Summer 2017! WKU Summer Sessions offers benefits to both you and your students!

Increased Summer Stipends

Full time faculty now receive $4,800 for a three credit hour summer class!

Courses with high enrollment earn more, starting at 20 students. Courses with low enrollment are subject to college specific prorated scale.

Flexible Schedule

WKU has one of the most flexible summer calendars in the nation! We have five start dates, but you choose the length of your class. Check out the calendar at a glance for details!

Innovative Courses Encouraged

Take advantage of the intensive course format and try something new! New courses are always welcome, and we can help promote your summer class.

You help make WKU Summer Sessions unique, so talk with your academic department today about teaching Summer Sessions 2017! You can teach online, face-to-face, or Study Abroad/Study Away classes.

For more information about faculty workload guidelines, stipend information, and summer enrollment statistics, check out the WKU Summer Sessions faculty/staff website at https://www.wku.edu/summer/faculty-staff.php

WKU Summer Sessions

summer.sessions@wku.edu

(270) 745-2478

wku.edu/summer

Student Resource Portal at www.wku.edu/online/srp

SUPPORTING ONLINE LEARNERS

Working with distance learners is very rewarding. Most are adult learners and have elected to continue their education online, because of the flexibility and convenience.

In addition to regular teaching and advising responsibilities, you may often find that you're the person’s lifeline to the university. This means providing instruction on student account set-up, library research, tech support, financial aid and other support services. We're here to support you in your efforts! We're happy to work with students to connect them to resources they need, and welcome any referrals you would like to make.

Additionally, we have put together an easily accessible Student Resource Portal where students can access more than 65 support services with a single click! These services include:

RESEARCH ASSISTANCE

The WKU Library has an extensive collection of online resources, tutorials, research guides and library navigation tutorials. The Library has worked with us to set up instructional videos, a quick start guide for distance learners, and tips for finding relevant articles and websites.

THE PRESENTATION COACHING CENTER

The Center is run by Communication professor, Dr. Donna Scheiss. It provides a unique opportunity for students to receive feedback on their delivery technique, structure/flow and transitions, along with helpful instructions for Mediasite setup, as well as troubleshooting suggestions. The purpose of the Center is to provide students with a secure location to practice and improve skills before submitting their final project. It is important to note that our presentation coaches do not evaluate content.

Services are available for graduate and undergraduate students, as well as WKU alumni. They include:

  • Evaluation of the presentation
  • Suggestions for setting up and recording a video
  • Best practices for creating and delivering a presentation
  • FAQ for student issues with technology

THE ONLINE WRITING LAB

The Online Writing Lab is an extension of the Online Writing Center, which is housed in WKU's English Department. The Lab was designed especially for distance learners, and is open to both graduate and undergraduate students.

The Center can provide your students with the feedback they need in live real-time one-on-one meetings or through recorded tutorials. Live or recorded, specific feedback is given on the student’s paper. Tutors can help do the following:

  • Brainstorm ideas
  • Clarify main points
  • Strengthen logic and support
  • Integrate sources and credit them properly
  • Organize content
  • Fine-tune sentence style and more!

Access all this and more through the Student Resource Portal (SRP). Just as a reminder, a link to the Portal is included in every Blackboard course shell as a default button, making it easy for you and your students to access support services. To learn more, visit the SRP at www.wku.edu/online/srp.

RESOURCES TO REMEMBER

  1. Course Development & Distance Learning Resources: Visit wku.edu/dlfaculty/ to learn more about the faculty resources available at WKU.
  2. Marketing & Recruitment for Online Degree Programs: WKU Online works with departments across campus to market new and existing online degrees at no cost to the department. Marketing efforts include digital paid ads, email campaigns, communication plans, website development, print pieces and more! Student inquiries generated through these efforts are managed through WKU Online, ensuring that recruitment of new students doesn’t fall solely on faculty and professional advisors. Contact Cindy Troutman at cindy.hawks@wku.edu or call 270-745-4087.
  3. Student Support: WKU Online provides direct student support for current and prospective distance learners through in-house development of student services and critical partnerships across campus. Students have online access to tutoring, writing and research assistance, success coaching, library services an orientation for distance learners, as well as a list of the best free and low-cost digital tools for online learners – all easily accessible at www.wku.edu/online/srp. If you have questions or suggestions for new services, please contact Cindy Troutman at cindy.hawks@wku.edu or call 270-745-4087.
  4. Proctored Exam Services: Visit wku.edu/testing/faculty.php for information about setting up a proctored exam for semester-based web or On Demand courses.
  5. Requests from external constituents for a customized credit program: Cohort Programs works with academic departments to create quality college credit programs to meet the needs of business and industry, regardless of institutional boundaries. If you have a need, we would love the opportunity to work with you to help you find creative solutions to the challenges of launching new outreach programs (marketing, advising workload, off-site and web delivery, faculty load, adult friendly programs). Current projects include the RN to BSN for Owensboro Health, MSN/DNP for Norton Healthcare, Associates degree in business for TTX, Inc.; and partnerships with professional associations that support concentrations in the Master of Science in Recreation and Sport Administration. If you have questions about how you can start a new program, contact Crissy Priddy or Laura Ricke by email or phone at 270-745-2481.

WKU ONLINE STAFF

Cindy Troutman

As the Program Manager for WKU Online, Cindy is dedicated to finding pathways to online degree completion for students at WKU who need additional flexibility in their schedules. In addition, she works with offices across campus to bring support services to distance learners. Cindy earned an M.A.E. in Adult Education online at WKU.

Nikki Roof

As the Student Support Specialist at WKU Online, Nikki works with current and prospective students to answer questions, guide them through the admissions process and connect them with student support services along the way. She earned her bachelor's degree at WKU, and is now pursuing an online master's degree - WKU's MA in Organizational Leadership.

Holly Young

As Academic Outreach Specialist/Student Success Coach at WKU Online, Holly works with current and prospective students to answer questions, guide them through the admissions process and provide them with strategies for success during their time at WKU. She earned her bachelor's degree at WKU, and is now pursuing an online master's degree - WKU's MA in Organizational Leadership.

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