2021 SEM Update - Goal 5


Goal 5  Increase non-degree for credit enrollment 

  • WSU offers a variety of courses for non-degree seeking students and professionals in the community.  These include badges, market-based tuition courses, and lifelong learning classes. WSU welcomes people from high school through retirement who enroll to gain new knowledge and skills. These short courses serve to advance the university’s mission on several levels.  Some of these courses include offering dual credit for high school students taking concurrent enrollment classes.  Other courses are designed at the request of industry to serve specific workforce needs, and still others are ongoing education courses that enrich the lives of anyone who wants to engage intellectually. Those who complete the courses gain new skills, get to experience a small slice of what WSU has to offer, and may choose to seek further educational opportunities at the university.  The decline in total non-degree enrollment this year is directly linked to the delayed start of the school year for USD 259 and surrounding districts.  High school students taking dual credit courses did not get enrolled prior to the 20th day census count at WSU. 

This chart shows the total number of non-degree seeking students over the course of 2015 through 2020.  The overall numbers start at 631 in 2015 and rise to a high of 2,011 in 2019, then drop off to 1,631 in 2020.  The chart also shows some of the types of student who make up those numbers.  The largest group is Non-degree-seeking other students, which climbs steadily from 2015 to 2018, and then shows only slight growth in 2019 and 2020.  The smaller constituent groups are intensive English students, high school guest, and college guests.  Intensive English students start small and shrink to practically nothing by 2020.  High school guests grow steadily from 2015 to 2019, and show a sharp drop in 2020.  The College guests are the smallest group overall, and shrink steadily from 2015 through 2020.
Recruitment and Retention Tips:

  • Strong relations with our alumni provide many benefits to our current students and programs.   Invite alumni to campus to provide advice to current majors on graduate school opportunities, job preparation, career tips, etc.
  • Highlight alumni successes (on department webpage, in newsletters, in university communications) – this raises the profile of the program.
  • Invite alumni with capacity to support practicum students or employ students as interns by posting positions in Handshake

SEM¬ Shout Outs:

  • To John Hammer, IDA, for transitioning the digital credential system from Credly to Acclaim and creating the badge course art symbols for each course.
  • To Mary Morris, IDA, for assisting badge instructors and students with issues regarding Blackboard.  
  • To Robyn Bongartz, Financial Operations, for assisting with the scholarship processes for Badges and Lifelong Learning.
  • To Amber Anderson and Crystal Dilbeck, Online learning/MRC, for working on ePafs and payments for badge instructors.
  • To John Calabro, Online Learning, for helping with the admissions process for students enrolling in graduate badges. 
  • To Trisha Wenrich, School of Social Work, for helping with the behavioral badges.