In keeping with the spirit of openness and transparency, we've created this Trending Topics page to outline some of the most crucial topics facing the WSU community.

Jay Golden

Jay Golden named the next president of Wichita State

On Oct. 31, the Kansas Board of Regents named Jay Golden as the 14th president of Wichita State University. Golden, the former vice chancellor at East Carolina University, is a leading researcher in environmental sustainability and an advocate for applied learning and economic development.

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Student Wellness Center and YMCA

The new Student Wellness Center and Steve Clark YMCA are open on campus. Benefits include greatly expanded physical and mental health services, access to drop-in daycare and upgraded fitness equipment and facilities.

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WSU entrance

Wichita State asked the Kansas Board of Regents to hold all tuition rates flat for the 2019-20 academic year – a 0.0% increase for undergraduate / graduate and resident / non-resident students. The board approved the tuition request in June.

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Virtual reality cave

Applied learning. Experience-based education. Student-centered instruction.

Regardless of what you call it, the approach to how we educate our students is transforming. Students benefit from a more hands-on approach to acquire the critical thinking skills needed to enter the workforce and be ready to make an impact.

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The new business building

Design for Woolsey Hall, the new building to house the Barton School of Business, is under way. Researchers from a selected architectural team were on campus in October to become more familiar with the current Barton School of Business facilities, observe how students, faculty and staff move through campus, and learn about the types of spaces that most resonate with our community.

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Public-private partnerships

Public-private partnerships, known as "P3s," are a well-established method for universities needing to secure alternative funding, and they are not new to higher education nor to Kansas. P3s are all around us, in research collaborations, bond financing, tax incentives and investments.

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Extending education to the military

A new partnership between Wichita State University and McConnell Air Force Base will provide military personnel the opportunity to work toward their bachelor's degree while on base. Those with a military ID can take courses toward seven undergraduate degrees. Each military student has the option to utilize the Tuition Assistance program offered by McConnell's Education Office.

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WSU Tech affiliation

Starting fall 2018, students were able to take advantage of the new affiliation between Wichita State University and WSU Tech – formerly known as Wichita Area Technical College.

While the two remain separate degree-granting institutions, the formalized affiliation now allows for more collaborative possibilities, as well as increased availability and quality of opportunities for students, while directly meeting the core workforce needs of the state.

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