Dean’s Welcome Message
There are many aspects of my position that I just love! Recently, I had the opportunity to read a number of letters of thank you from learners who received Global Campus scholarships for the upcoming semester. While the scholarship amount is generally less than a thousand dollars, the impact is enormous. Some of the letters focus on the transformational nature of their education with comments like, “I live in a rural community and would not be able to continue my education without the online learning opportunity” and “I have already seen benefits from my graduate degree course work in the non-profit organization that I work for”.
Others highlight the role of their education on their family with insights like “After years of being away from school, losing a loved one, raising children and working 60 plus hours a week, I look forward to showing my kids you can overcome the odds to complete your education.” or “After working on my bachelor’s degree for the last 12 years, I will finally finish this year. Graduating with my degree means I will finally be able to apply for the kind of jobs that will give my children and myself a better quality of life.”
I appreciate that Global Campus is serving single parents, first-generation students, place- and time-bound learners, military-affiliated personnel and their spouses. Learners for whom a scholarship lifts them up both personally and professionally. I particularly wanted to note this poignant quote from one of the letters “More than the financial impact, receiving this scholarship has boosted my morale and affirms the value of my plan to provide needs-based, academically and goal-linked scholarships after establishing myself in my career field.”
In a recent report focusing on online college students (Magda and Aslanian, 2018), scholarships are a strong draw for students. The study showcases that a “$500 annual scholarship could sway 39% of students”. Our challenge today is that the Global Campus scholarships are not renewable annually. What a difference that could make! I would encourage you to consider making a donation to the KSU Foundation to support another Global Campus learner at ksufoundation.org/global-campus.
Go Worldwide Wildcats!
Karen L. Pedersen, Ph.D.
Dean of Global Campus
Magda, A. J., & Aslanian, C. B. (2018). Online college students 2018: Comprehensive data on demands and preferences. Louisville, KY: The Learning House, Inc.