By Carolyn Shaw, Associate Vice President for Strategic Enrollment Management
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.
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
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.