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Wright State’s accounting degree program ranked among best in nation

Nov 19, 2021

The accountancy degree program at Wright State University has been named among the finest in the nation in terms of quality and affordability by Best Value Schools.

The accountancy program, offered by the Raj Soin College of Business, was ranked No. 58 out of the nation’s 81 top programs ranked by Best Value Schools, a Boca Raton, Florida-based research organization, for 2021.

The Wright State accountancy program was ranked higher than programs at schools such as the University of Tennessee and Oklahoma State University.

The rankings were based on the cost of attendance, faculty experience, enrollment, student-to-faculty ratio, student resources, number of online offerings, graduation rate and other factors.

The U.S. States Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 10% increase in accounting job opportunities — more than 150,000 — in the next 10 years. A bachelor’s degree in accounting offers students the chance to earn an average salary of $69,350 annually, according to Best Value Schools.

Wright State’s accountancy program has high rates of job and internship placement for its students. It provides opportunities such as the John Talbott Accounting Leadership Program, job fairs with local employers, the Beta Alpha Psi Honor Society, the accounting club and others.

The success rate of Wright State accounting graduates on the CPA exam is consistently among the top programs in Ohio. Wright State’s accounting students have won the Institute of Management Accountants National Student Case Competition five times, and Wright State is one of the few universities to have two teams place nationally in the same year.

Wright State’s human resource management program ranked 50th best affordable in the nation

Oct 06, 2021

Wright State University’s human resource management program is ranked No. 50 out of the nation’s top 100 best affordable programs, higher than those at universities such as Michigan State University, the University of Arkansas and The Ohio State University, according to University Headquarters.

Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, University Headquarters is an independent educational organization dedicated to helping students find the best colleges for themselves and plan career paths.

The group based its rankings on the cost of admission, retention rate, graduation rate, estimated graduating salary and other factors.

Wright State’s Raj Soin College of Business offers a business major in human resource management as well as undergraduate and graduate certificates.

The programs prepare graduates to handle the activities of businesses, organizations and nonprofit organizations that affect its employees. Students learn to create an inviting and empowering environment for employees while meeting all legal and compliance procedures required.

University Headquarters said the job outlook for human resources specialists and managers is predicted to grow by 7% between 2019 to 2029, with 64,500 positions available each year. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says the greatest growth is expected to be in the professional and business services industry.

“The knowledge and services of human resources specialists is likely to be in higher demand as they handle ever more complex health care coverage options and employment laws,” said University Headquarters.

In addition to the cost of admission, retention rate, graduation rate, and estimated graduating salary, University Headquarters based its rankings on the admission rate, the number of programs offered, the number of online programs offered, the percentage of students receiving financial aid, the loan default rate and the number of diplomas awarded.

Wright State’s undergraduate computer science program ranked among best by U.S. News

Sep 15, 2021

U.S. News & World Report has named Wright State University’s undergraduate computer science program among the best in the nation for 2022.

The program, offered by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in the College of Engineering and Computer Science, was ranked No. 191 out of the nation’s top 273 programs. There are believed to be about 900 computer science programs nationwide.

The magazine’s rankings are based on graduation and retention rates, academic reputation, faculty resources, financial resources per student, alumni giving and other factors.

Wright State computer science graduates are proficient in software and software systems across multiple application areas including machine learning, artificial intelligence, cyber security, mobile applications, web development and databases.

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering offers well-equipped educational laboratories, excellent faculty, small class sizes, opportunities for undergraduate participation in funded research projects and a flexible program for working professionals.

The undergraduate computer science program also offers unique opportunities for collaborative research with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and its research facilities, Reynolds and Reynolds, Leidos, Ball Aerospace, the Department of Health and Human Services, the National Science Foundation and other institutions.

Graduates of the program are in exceedingly high demand and command some of the highest salaries among all undergraduate majors in the Dayton region and nationally.

U.S. News ranked Wright State’s undergraduate engineering program No. 147 out of 210 programs surveyed. Those rankings were based on the judgments of deans and senior faculty at peer institutions.

Lake Campus’ psychology program ranked one of the best and most affordable

Aug 17, 2021

The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Program offered at the Wright State University-Lake Campus is one of the nation’s best and most affordable, according to University Headquarters.

The independent education organization ranked the Psychology Program at Lake Campus No. 67 out of 100 psychology programs. The list was based on value and the needed service to the community.

“We’re particularly proud of our inclusion in the top 100, as our B.A. program in psychology only officially started in 2018,” said Dave Hochstein, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology.  “It’s a reflection of the student-centered approach of our faculty and the Lake Campus.”

The Psychology Program prepares graduates for a variety of careers, including administration, advertising, community relations, human resources, human services, marketing, research and education.

The program introduces students to diverse topics in psychology and provides a foundation to continue their education in many graduate programs.  Students learn valuable skills, including how to apply psychological theory, communicate effectively, collect and analyze data, and interpreting statistical information.

For more information on the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Program at Lake Campus visit lake.wright.edu/degrees-and-programs/bachelor-of-arts-in-psychology.

University Headquarters is an independent education organization that provides unbiased resources, including degree guides and college reviews, for students to prepare for their career path.

Wright State’s Raj Soin College of Business named a Best Business School by The Princeton Review

May 20, 2021

The Wright State University Raj Soin College of Business is one of the nation’s most outstanding business schools, according to The Princeton Review.

The education services company chose the Raj Soin College of Business for its Best Business Schools for 2021, an evaluation of on-campus MBA programs at 244 business schools. The list was based on a combination of institutional and student survey data, including career outcomes, admissions selectivity and academic rigor.

Wright State’s Master of Business Administration Program develops managers and leaders whose understanding and vision encompass the total organization. Graduates work effectively within and across functional areas and understand the entire organization and its environment. MBA classes are offered in the evenings and online to meet the needs of working students.

“We recommend Wright State as an excellent choice for an aspiring MBA,” said Rob Franek, The Princeton Review’s editor-in-chief. “What makes our Best Business Schools list unique is that we factor in data from our surveys of students attending the schools about their campus and classroom experiences. For our 2021 list, we tallied surveys of more than 17,800 students at 244 business schools.”

The 80-question student survey asked students about their program’s academics, student body and campus life as well as about themselves and their career plans. The student surveys were conducted during the 2019-20, 2018–19 and 2017–18 academic years.

A survey of administrators covered topics ranging from academic offerings and admission requirements to data about currently enrolled students as well as graduates’ employment.

The Princeton Review did not rank the on-campus MBA programs overall, from 1 to 244, or name one business school best overall. All schools that participated in the surveys were considered for the lists. Schools that did not participate were not considered.

In November, The Princeton Review named the Raj Soin College of Business as one of the nation’s top colleges for aspiring entrepreneurs. The college was ranked No. 46 among schools for graduate entrepreneurship studies in 2021. Wright State’s ranking was based on its Master of Business Administration’s New Venture Creation concentration.

It was based on a survey of more than 300 institutions offering such programs and measured academics, enrollment, mentorship, competitions, scholarships and the number of companies started by graduates.

The Raj Soin College of Business is one of the select business schools to simultaneously hold the designations of AACSB accredited, Princeton Review Best Business School and be ranked by U.S. News and World Report as having one of the best undergraduate business programs.

The Princeton Review, which is headquartered in New York and not affiliated with Princeton University, is a leading tutoring, test prep and college admission services company.

Fortune Education Hub names Wright State’s online M.B.A. program among the nation’s best

Apr 28, 2021

Wright State University’s online M.B.A. program has been ranked among the nation’s best by Fortune Education Hub, a new online platform launched by Fortune magazine for people looking to upskill and advance their careers.

The hub ranked Wright State’s online M.B.A. program No. 50 out of the 104 programs that completed Fortune’s questionnaire. More than 200 online programs were invited to participate.

Fortune Education said its recommendations and rankings are based not just on historical reputations of offering institutions, but also on a deep knowledge of and research into the skills that business needs. The rankings were shaped by data from the questionnaires, including the academic strength of incoming students, along with information collected from hiring managers and business professionals.

Wright State’s Master of Business Administration Program develops managers and leaders whose understanding and vision encompass the total organization. Graduates work effectively within and across functional areas and understand the entire organization and its environment.

Raj Soin College of Business faculty members are recognized in academia for their research and selected by businesses for consultation. In addition, the College of Business has modern and fully integrated classroom technology as well as state-of-the-art online learning infrastructure.

“We have faculty with real-world work experience in the Department of Defense, startup ventures and the corporate world,” said John Martin, professor in the Department of Management and International Business. “Thus our students get a phenomenal combination of theory, real-world application of coursework, not to mention access to professors who are publishing research in cutting-edge, high-quality journals.”

Students may complete their M.B.A. on campus, online or both and choose whether to enroll full- or part-time. Ten different fields of concentration enable students to customize their studies to their professional needs.

“We are able to offer a high-quality M.B.A. program at a very affordable tuition,” said Thomas Traynor, dean of the Raj Soin College of Business. “And our program provides the flexibility needed by professionals, resulting in large and growing numbers of professionals selecting it for their graduate studies in business administration.”

Martin said the faculty and staff pride themselves in terms of student accessibility.

“Students know they can reach out to faculty whether they are deployed overseas or juggling work and family responsibilities at home,” he said. “This, along with faculty collectively possessing expertise in every area of business, makes the Raj Soin College of Business a top choice for hundreds of M.B.A. students.”

The Princeton Review chose the Raj Soin College of Business for its list of “Best Business Schools for 2021” an evaluation of on-campus M.B.A. programs at 244 business schools. The list was based on a combination of institutional and student survey data, including career outcomes, admissions selectivity and academic rigor.

Wright State’s IHE engineering, business online programs among nation’s best, says U.S. News and World Report

Jan 28, 2021

U.S. News & World Report has named Wright State University’s online graduate programs in engineering and business as among the best in the nation for 2021.

Wright State’s ranked programs include the Industrial and Human Factors Engineering Program in the College of Engineering and Computer Science, which was ranked No. 37 out of 97 ranked schools.

The magazine also ranked the Master of Business Administration Program, the Master of Information Systems and Master of Science in Logistics and Supply Chain Management in the Raj Soin College of Business. It said the College of Business has one of the best online master of business degree programs that help military veterans reduce the cost of school, ranking it No. 17 in that category.

The magazine based its rankings on instructor engagement with students, student excellence, student services and technology, expert opinion, and faculty credentials and training. Scores were calculated using data that the programs reported to U.S. News in a statistical survey and from data collected in a separate peer reputation survey.

Wright State’s Industrial and Human Factors Engineering Program (IHE), which scored especially high in faculty credentials and student engagement, offers a highly customizable degree. It prepares working professionals towards effective design and operation of a variety of systems in health care, manufacturing, aerospace, distribution, retail and many others.

Industrial and systems engineers have their hand in virtually every kind of business, from designing products to getting them to market through the creative application of mathematics, science, business and human factors skills. They analyze, improve and make more efficient complex systems in manufacturing, health care, supply chain and other areas, keeping in mind the role humans play in such systems.

The program’s faculty are dedicated to student success and are available evenings and weekends to answer questions and provide less than a 24-hour turnaround. New lecture videos are produced each semester providing a rich student experience.

Graduates are employed by Google, Honda, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Aptima, Cardinal Health, Kroger, Siemens, LexisNexis, General Electric and others.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an 8% increase in employment for industrial engineers by 2028, higher than the national average in both engineering and all occupations. Starting salaries average between $65,000 and $80,000.

U.S. News ranked Wright State’s online Master of Information Systems and Master of Science in Logistics and Supply Chain Management Program No. 31 out of 164 ranked schools.

The program employs a problem-solving approach that uses a blend of real-life experiences, case material and simulations. All students complete an industry capstone project that directly returns value to the sponsoring organization. Most courses include weekly discussion topics among students.

U.S. News ranked Wright State’s M.B.A. program No. 126 out of 295 ranked schools, higher than last year’s ranking of No. 138. It ranked Wright State No. 74 in online M.B.A. programs for military veterans.

Wright State’s M.B.A. program is constructed around an online learning community to create an atmosphere of collaboration. Students matriculate through the curriculum with a minimal face-to-face commitment for the student.

Students can complete the program regardless of their geographic location and at the pace they desire, from one year for those who attend full time to a maximum of five years.

Wright-Patterson, DHL, FedEx, Amazon, Honda, Speedway, Crown and many other organizations have sent employees to Wright State’s online graduate business programs. Nearly every midsized firm in the region and many throughout Ohio employ Wright State’s more than 4,000 M.B.A. alumni.

Currently, one Wright State M.B.A. student is deployed overseas and serving on a ship.

“She is able to view our lectures, interact with students on discussion boards, and take part in an online business simulation with her team,” said John Martin, professor of management. “This flexibility is amazing and gives people like her the opportunity to nearly seamlessly achieve their educational goals.”

College of Nursing and Health ranked among best schools in the nation by Nursing Schools Almanac

Jan 08, 2021

Wright State University’s College of Nursing and Health is among the best nursing schools in the nation for 2020, ranking 17th in Ohio and 83rd in the Great Lakes region, according to the Nursing Schools Almanac.

The almanac provides aspiring nurses with a detailed, comprehensive and analytical resource for selecting their future nursing school. It collected data on more than 3,000 institutions. Only 20% made the list of the best nursing schools in each geographic region.

The almanac assessed schools based on academic prestige and perceived value, including professional designations, grant funding for nursing research, number of years in operation and graduates’ ability to repay student debt in a timely manner. The almanac also took into account the breadth and depth of the nursing programs, including program size and the number of degrees, diplomas and certificates.

Also considered was student success such as first-time performance on the National Council Licensure Examination and the APRN certification tests administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and similar organizations.

In Wright State’s case, the almanac also said students have several opportunities for international immersion, including a study abroad program in the United Kingdom and global health initiatives in Tanzania.

The College of Nursing and Health is committed to excellence in nursing education and providing competent nursing professionals to the Dayton and Lake Campus regions and throughout Ohio. Nursing faculty provide an exceptional curriculum and lab simulations, while community partners offer clinical experiences that prepare students for a multitude of nursing roles.

Wright State ranked among nation’s best for its M.B.A. in international business

Dec 18, 2020

Wright State University’s Raj Soin College of Business is ranked among the nation’s best schools for its M.B.A. in international business by Great Business Schools, an online guide for students considering colleges.

The guide ranked Wright State No. 16 on its list of 25 Best M.B.A. in International Business Programs in 2021.

“All business in the 21st century is global business to some degree, so an M.B.A. in international business is a smart choice for just about any career goal,” Marie Benson, managing editor of Great Business Schools said in an email notification to Wright State. “Programs like yours are preparing leaders for the present and future of business.”

Great Business Schools said it featured only reputable, accredited institutions, ranked according to practical factors like cost, potential salary and student satisfaction.

Riad Ajami, professor of management and international business at Wright State, said the schools were also ranked based on faculty members who hold doctorates in international business and teach in the field, citations of these faculty members and others by Researchgate of their published works, and authorships of textbooks in international business.

Other factors, he said, include study abroad and exchange programs, publications of research articles, editorial board memberships in international business journals and active faculty in learned societies in the field of international business.

“We measure very well on all of these dimensions, including hosting the peer-reviewed Journal of Asia-Pacific Business, textbook publications, an active faculty publishing in the field, and functional [international business] courses in all the areas of business including international finance, international management, global supply chains, international marketing and study abroad programs,” said Ajami.

College of Nursing and Health ranked No. 3 in Ohio among accredited nursing schools

Dec 16, 2020

Wright State University’s College of Nursing and Health is ranked No. 3 among NursingProcess.org’s 10 Best Accredited Nursing Schools in Ohio for 2020, putting it ahead of schools such as Kent State University, Ohio University and Case Western Reserve University.

Nursing.Process.org said Wright State’s nursing program delivers a well-rounded nursing education where what students are taught in classroom lectures is reinforced by labs and other experiential learning opportunities.

“Though the college’s main focus is upon satisfying the critical need for nurses in the Buckeye State, the education you receive here will prepare you for any health care setting you choose to work in,” it said. “The traditional nursing curriculum is enlivened by unique electives like a disaster preparedness class and a course called The Power of Nursing, which helps student nurses explore the personal significance of their work.”

The group said practically any imaginable patient scenario can be reenacted in the college’s Simulation Lab, which resembles a hospital unit with functioning equipment and high-fidelity manikins.

“Students learn specific skills such as IV insertion and blood draws by practicing on lifelike task trainers,” it said. “Clinical rotation sites include Atrium Medical Center, Miami Valley Hospital, Kettering Medical Center and other health care facilities throughout the greater Dayton metropolitan area.”

Nursing.Process.org helps potential nursing students simplify their search for nursing institutions of higher education by giving them access to nursing and career information.

It says a rapidly aging population in Ohio means that the number of jobs available to graduates of accredited nursing schools is growing much faster than the average for all other types of jobs. It says Ohio has an estimated nursing shortage of 32,000.

The group evaluated all nursing schools approved by their state board of nursing and then ranked the schools based on indicators considered important in defining a nursing student’s preparedness for success in personal and professional life. The group measured academic quality, including the acceptance, graduation and retention rates as well as student-to-faculty ratio. It also looked at performance on the National Council Licensure Examination.

In addition, the group reviewed college rankings, ratings and student reviews sourced from various publications including U.S. News & World Report. Additional information was gathered from the schools’ websites.

Wright State’s baccalaureate and master’s degrees in nursing are accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education. The pre-licensure programs have full approval from the Ohio Board of Nursing.

Tunnel vision

Wright State’s tunnel system garners the world’s top ranking from a London-based group
Dec 11, 2020

Wright State University is ranked No. 1 in the world among universities when it comes to tunnel systems. That’s according to a report on a London-based media platform that focuses on higher education policy.

The Top 10 rankings by Wonkhe were compiled by Paul Greatrix, contributing editor of the website and registrar at The University of Nottingham.

Wright State tops universities with tunnel systems, ahead of No. 2 University of Sydney, whose tunnel is festooned with graffiti; No. 3 Brown University, one of whose tunnel entrances is said to be the inspiration for the Bat Cave in the 1960’s “Batman” television series; and No. 7 Yale University, whose tunnels served as a fallout shelter during the Cold War era.

Each tunnel system was based on scale, coolness, utility and associated myths and legends.

“Top of the heap is Wright State University, which seems to have the biggest and best tunnel system of them all and where tunnels are a fundamental part of campus life,” Greatrix wrote.

With two miles of tunnels linking 20 of 23 buildings in the academic section of the Dayton Campus, the tunnel system has made Wright State one of the most accessible colleges in the country.

Greatrix noted that the tunnels provide a convenience in bad weather and make the campus more accessible to persons with disabilities. He also noted that the tunnels may be entered by stairwells and elevators, are facilitated by signs and maps at intersections, and feature vending machines in various areas.

“Well done Wright State,” Greatrix wrote.

Wonkhe bills itself as the home of higher education policy, bringing the sector together through expert analysis. Wonkhe says its articles lead the higher education debate with analysis and commentary. Its events bring the sector together to explore higher education themes and drive professional development.

Magazine ranks Wright State No. 3 in the nation for its wheelchair-friendly features

Dec 01, 2020

Wright State University is ranked No. 3 in the nation for its wheelchair-friendly features and accessibility, according to New Mobility magazine and the United Spinal Association.

The magazine’s Wheels on Campus guide to wheelchair-friendly higher education ranked the country’s Top 20 institutions.

“I was pretty ecstatic in learning that we were in the top three,” said Thomas Webb, director of disability services and Wright State’s coordinator of the Americans with Disabilities Act. “We’re in really good company when we look at the other universities that are listed there.”

New Mobility magazine, which informs wheelchair users about lifestyle issues, is the membership publication of the United Spinal Association, a nonprofit disability rights and veterans service organization.

The magazine’s Wheels on Campus guide helps students who use wheelchairs make informed decisions on choosing a college or university. The magazine said physical access is critical to the full range of college experience, even in the age of remote learning, and that finding a campus that is 100% accessible is a rarity.

“Here are the pioneers and leaders that consistently offer a wide range of inclusive opportunities in a truly accessible setting,” the magazine wrote of the Top 10 schools.

The magazine sent survey emails to 400 colleges and universities and did in-person reporting at selected campuses, including Wright State.

“In terms of wheelchair accessibility, the campus is one of the best in the nation,” the magazine wrote of Wright State. “Universal design principles are present in the centralized main campus of 20 buildings, which are offset around a court of accessible walkways.”

Webb said the magazine did a significant amount of research and legwork to produce the rankings. He said a representative from the magazine came to Wright State to meet with faculty, staff and students and tour the campus.

Wright State goes “beyond the legal minimum of accessibility by providing access underground,” the magazine wrote. “The tunnels, legendary among the Ohio disability community, are especially important to wheelchair users who need to get to classes and activities during occasional snowstorms.”

Webb said the ranking gives Wright State the opportunity to be recognized and celebrated for something it takes a lot of pride in but is also humble about.

“When it comes to students with disabilities, it’s something we’ve excelled at since the 1970s,” he said. “What’s reflected in this ranking is that we have often gone above and beyond in what we provide our students with disabilities.”

Webb said that includes a personal attendant station that offers assistance and support to students with disabilities.

Webb said Wright State is looking to grow its adaptive recreation program and applied for a grant that would enable the purchase of four-wheel quadcycles that would give students with disabilities access to the wooded trails on campus.

Webb said New Mobility magazine has a broad reach and he believes the ranking will have more potential students, especially those outside of the region, taking a look at Wright State as a possible school to attend. He said it may also prompt other universities to seek out Wright State out as an expert in disability services.

Many of the other colleges ranked by the magazine are much larger than Wright State and have more resources.

“A lot of time it boils down to the people who are doing the work day to day and supporting the students,” said Webb. “It’s a good reflection on what they’ve been working on the past 15 to 20 years just to improve the services we have for students with disabilities.”

Princeton Review ranks Wright State as one of the top U.S. schools for aspiring entrepreneurs

Nov 23, 2020

The Princeton Review has named the Wright State University Raj Soin College of Business as one of the nation’s top colleges for aspiring entrepreneurs.

The College of Business was ranked No. 46 among schools for graduate entrepreneurship studies in 2021.

It was based on a survey of more than 300 institutions offering such programs and measured academics, enrollment, mentorship, competitions, scholarships and the number of companies started by graduates.

Wright State’s ranking was based on its Master of Business Administration’s New Venture Creation concentration.

“Our New Venture Creation M.B.A. concentration prepares students to build a successful new business from the ground up,” said Thomas Traynor, dean of the Raj Soin College of Business. “Our graduates know how to capitalize on new ideas and build a complete business plan for a successful launch, guided by professors with experience in cultivating new businesses. This the same approach that we have used in the development of our new Bachelor of Science in Business Entrepreneurship major and Entrepreneurship minor.”

The New Venture Creation M.B.A. concentration features advanced topics in innovation and entrepreneurship to help increase skills and further career goals. It focuses on the economics of innovation, including the technological change, economic growth, globalization and long-wave cycles that affect innovation in business and organization. It also offers also courses on technology-based ventures and entrepreneurship.

The Princeton Review, which is not affiliated with Princeton University, is a leading tutoring, test prep and college admission services company.

Wright State’s undergraduate computer science program ranked by U.S. News

Sep 14, 2020

U.S. News & World Report has named Wright State University’s bachelor of science in computer science (BSCS) among the best in the nation. The program, offered by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in the College of Engineering and Computer Science, was included in the magazine’s rankings for 2021.

Wright State BSCS graduates are proficient in software and software systems across multiple application areas including machine learning, artificial intelligence, cyber security, mobile applications, web development and databases.

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering offers well-equipped educational laboratories, excellent faculty, small class sizes, opportunities for undergraduate participation in funded research projects and a flexible program for working professionals.

The program also offers unique opportunities for collaborative research with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and its research facilities; Reynolds and Reynolds; Leidos; Ball Aerospace; the Department of Health and Human Services; the National Science Foundation; and other institutions.

Graduates of the program are in exceedingly high demand and command some of the highest salaries among all undergraduate majors in the Dayton region and nationally.

Wright State designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education

Jul 02, 2020

The National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security have designated Wright State University as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education.

The master’s degree cyber program that received the designation is part of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in the College of Engineering and Computer Science.

“Your ability to meet the increasing demands of the program criteria will serve the nation well in contributing to the protection of the national information infrastructure,” Karen Leuschner, director of the National Centers of Academic Excellence, said in a June 15 letter to Wright State.

Official letters of notification were also sent to Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, Ohio members of Congress and several congressional committees.

“It’s a big deal,” said Vance Saunders, director of Wright State’s cybersecurity program. “It’s a good thing to have. It’s great recognition and a good indicator of a strong cyber program.”

DHS and NSA jointly created the National Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) in cyber defense and cyber operations in 1999. The goal of the program is to reduce the vulnerability of the national information infrastructure by promoting higher education and research in cyber defense and producing professionals with cyber defense expertise.

Saunders said the designation, which is good through the 2025 academic year, is very much like receiving an accreditation.

“There are certain knowledge units you have to provide,” he said. “There are certain capabilities your faculty has to have.”

Currently, nine schools in Ohio have the designation. Five of them are in southwest Ohio in what is known as the “CinDay Cyber Corridor.”

“That’s pretty amazing,” said Saunders. “This designation continues to reinforce the amazing strength of CAE-designated institutions here in the Miami Valley.”

Saunders said the designation also opens up some opportunities, including new scholarships that become available.

To achieve the CAE designation in Wright State’s master’s degree in cybersecurity with cyberdefense concentration, a student must take six required courses, one elective and complete a thesis. Saunders said having a CAE-CD certified designation on their transcripts will enhance students’ prospects of landing important Defense Department and other government jobs.

“That would put you ahead of someone who didn’t have the designation,” he said.

Wright State offers a bachelor’s degree and certificate in cybersecurity as well as a master’s degree and certificate.

“We have one of the most robust, comprehensive cyber programs across the board,” said Saunders.

In 1982, Saunders enrolled at Wright State on an Air Force scholarship and earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science. Four years later he returned to Wright State, again on an Air Force scholarship, and received his master’s in computer science.

He worked at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and in 1993 was hired by Ball Aerospace and Technology Corp. in Dayton, where he became the chief technology officer for one of the company’s four business areas.

In 2014, he was named director of the cybersecurity program in the Wright State College of Engineering and Computer Science.

One reason to go into cybersecurity is the high demand and relatively high salaries. And its ability to make a difference in the world appeals to Generation Z, those born from 1995 to 2010 and who constitute a large segment of U.S. college students.

Leuschner said the National Cyber Strategy addresses the critical shortage of professionals with cybersecurity skills and highlights the importance of higher education as a solution to defending America’s cyberspace.

“A highly skilled cybersecurity workforce is a strategic national security advantage,” said Leuschner. “The United States government will continue to invest in and enhance programs that build the domestic talent pipeline, from primary through postsecondary education. Education is the key to promoting these ideals.”

Online business graduate programs best for veterans, says U.S. News & World Report

Apr 08, 2020

U.S. News & World Report named Wright State University's graduate business programs as some of the top programs for veterans. Our programs are ranked for their affordability and quality. Wright State University also offers a Veteran and Military Center with personal support, study spaces, and GI Bill help for veterans and other military-connected students.

Logistics and supply chain management master's named 23 most affordable in nation

Apr 07, 2020

Optimal released its list of most affordable supply chain management degrees in the nation and named Wright State's Master of Science in Logistics and Supply Chain Management as number 23 on this list.

"Our goal is to show data that is difficult to find elsewhere,” said Optimal CEO Sung Rhee. “With this launch, Guide to Online Schools shows students what they can reasonably expect to make in salary 10 years after graduating from a particular program. We want people to know how their education choices can measurably impact their financial futures."

Wright State University program will give you a graduate education that will enhance your leadership career in the field of logistics and supply chain management. If you are curious, passionate about innovation, and like solving problems, a Wright State degree in supply chain management will prepare you to excel in a wide variety of career paths and industries.

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Master's of Education in Literacy One of the Top 35 Best Reading Specialist/Reading and Literacy Master’s Online

Apr 01, 2020

The Master's of Education in Literacy at Wright State was recently recognized by topeducationdegrees.org in their list of Top 35 Best Reading Specialist/Reading and Literacy Master’s Online 2019.

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Mar 04, 2020

Wright State University has thrived for more than 50 years under the philosophy that our region and communities deserve the best higher education experience possible at an incredible value. We provide the opportunities to help cultivate lifelong learners and critical thinkers.

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  1. Talk to people about your positive experiences here.
  2. Wear your Wright State apparel…everywhere! 
  3. Celebrate #GreenAndGoldFriday within your department and classes. Wear your Wright State colors proudly every Friday and share photos online with the related hashtag.
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DBJ: Wright State graduate degree program ranked best of its kind in Ohio

Jan 17, 2020

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A graduate degree program at one of Dayton’s largest universities has been named the best of its kind in the state of Ohio.

The Raj Soin College of Business at Wright State University ranked No. 1 among all colleges and universities in Ohio for its online non-MBA graduate business degree programs, according to the latest rankings from U.S. News and World Report.

Of the 188 institutions that earned a ranking in that category, Wright State was the only one from Ohio. Nationally, WSU’s online Master of Information Systems and Master of Science and Supply Chain Management programs tied for the No. 26 spot with similar programs at the University of Massachusetts and American University.

Wright State also earned the No. 138 spot among 335 universities in the nation for its online MBA program.

“The improvements achieved by Wright State’s rankings in both of the online business degree rankings are a direct result of the continuous efforts of the faculty and staff of the Raj Soin College of Business,” said Thomas Traynor, dean of the business college, in a release.

Wright State is one of three institutions in Greater Dayton recognized in this year’s rankings of the best online degree programs at U.S. colleges. The University of Dayton and Cedarville University achieved rankings in several categories; most notably for online graduate degree programs in education, engineering and nursing.

Here’s a breakdown of how Dayton schools performed in each category for distance-education degree programs:

Best MBA (out of 335)

  • Wright State University — No. 138
  • University of Dayton — No. 233
  • Cedarville University — No. 238

Graduate business, non-MBA (out of 188)

  • Wright State University — No. 26

Graduate Education (out of 309)

  • University of Dayton — No. 55
  • Wright State University — No. 198

Graduate Engineering (out of 96)

  • Wright State University — No. 35
  • University of Dayton — No. 63

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Wright State’s engineering, business online programs among nation’s best, says U.S. News and World Report

Jan 14, 2020

U.S. News & World Report has named Wright State University’s online graduate programs in engineering and business as among the best in the nation for 2020.

The magazine based its rankings on instructor engagement with students, student excellence, student services and technology, expert opinion, and faculty credentials and training. Scores were calculated using data that the programs reported to U.S. News in a statistical survey and from data collected in a separate peer reputation survey.

Wright State’s online Industrial and Human Factors Engineering Program offered by the College of Engineering and Computer Science was ranked 35th among the 96 schools responding to the magazine’s survey. The program’s ranking was an improvement over last’s year’s ranking of 41st and tied it with that of Duke University.

Online and on-campus students are integrated in the Master in Industrial and Human Factors Engineering Program, experiencing the same lectures, assignments and instructor interactions. Program graduates work in industries such as automobile, aerospace, health care, military, logistics and supply chain, retail, defense contractors and many others.

“Our Industrial and Human Factors Engineering faculty have continued to take deliberate steps to enhance the quality of their online master’s program,” said Brian Rigling, dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science. “It is gratifying to see the results of their labors increasingly recognized on a national level.”

“The program aims to provide a high-class online engineering program that gives students the flexibility and also accessibility to faculty and peer-student interactions,” added Subhashini Ganapathy, associate professor of biomedical, industrial and human factors engineering.

U.S. News ranked Wright State’s online Master of Information Systems and Master of Science in Logistics and Supply Chain Management programs offered by the Raj Soin College of Business 26th among the 188 responding schools, positioning the programs in the top 15 percent in the nation. That was an improvement over last year’s ranking of 33rd and ranked the program over those at schools such as Syracuse University, the University of Cincinnati and the University of Oklahoma.

The specialized programs offer a hybrid approach through on-campus and online learning experiences. Each class has one full day of residency then five weeks online, with students taking one class at a time. The programs enable students to continue working full time while obtaining their master’s degree in just one year.

U.S. News ranked Wright State’s online MBA program 138 out of the 335 schools responding to the survey.

“The improvements achieved by Wright State’s rankings in both of the online business degree rankings are a direct result of the continuous efforts of the faculty and staff of the Raj Soin College of Business,” said Thomas Traynor, dean of the College of Business. “In addition to the rankings, these master’s degree programs have been designated ‘Best Online MBA’ and ‘Best Online Master’s in Business (non-MBA),’ respectively, by U.S. News and World Report, indicating that they are rated as excellent programs for professionals seeking an online master’s degree in a business field.”

Wright State’s nursing college named one of nation’s best by Nursing Schools Almanac

Jan 09, 2020

The Wright State University-Miami Valley College of Nursing and Health has been named one of the nation’s top nursing schools by Nursing Schools Almanac.

The college is ranked No. 16 in Ohio and No. 80 in the entire Great Lakes Region for 2019, higher than schools such as the University of Toledo, Bowling Green, Indiana State and Western and Eastern Michigan.

The almanac collected data on more than 3,000 institutions. Only 20% made the list of the best nursing schools in each geographic region.

The College of Nursing and Health is committed to excellence in nursing education and providing competent nursing professionals to the Dayton and Lake Campus regions and throughout Ohio. Nursing faculty provide an exceptional curriculum and lab simulations, while community partners offer clinical experiences that prepare students for a multitude of nursing roles.

The Nursing Schools Almanac provides aspiring nurses with a detailed, comprehensive and analytical resource for selecting their future nursing school.

The almanac assessed schools based on academic prestige and perceived value, including professional designations, grant funding for nursing research, number of years in operation and graduates’ ability to repay student debt in a timely manner. The almanac also took into account the breadth and depth of the nursing programs, including program size and the number of degrees, diplomas and certificates.

Also considered was student success such as first-time performance on the National Council Licensure Examination and the APRN certification tests administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and similar organizations.

Wright State’s current pass rate on the NCLEX licensure exam is above 97%, while the state average sits at about 87%. Wright State’s graduate certificate pass rates also are well above state averages, with some at 100%.

Wright State’s College of Nursing and Health is no stranger to high rankings. It was ranked the No. 3 accredited nursing school in Ohio for 2019 by Nursingprocess.org.

Wright State’s baccalaureate and master’s degrees in nursing are accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education. The pre-licensure programs have full approval from the Ohio Board of Nursing.

Raj Soin College of Business named a ‘Best Business School’ by The Princeton Review

Nov 26, 2019

The Princeton Review has named the Wright State University Raj Soin College of Business as offering one of the nation’s best on-campus MBA programs.

“We recommend Wright State University as an excellent choice for a student aspiring to earn an MBA,” said Rob Franek, editor-in-chief of the educational services company.

Wright State’s MBA program develops managers and leaders whose understanding and vision encompass the total organization. Graduates work effectively within and across functional areas and understand the entire organization and its environment.

The Princeton Review ratings were based on a combination of institutional, administrator and student survey data, including the GPA of the first-year class and percentage of applicants accepted.

More than 20,700 students at business schools around the nation were surveyed during the 2018–19, 2017–18 and 2016–17 academic years. Students were asked about their academic experience, quality of faculty, accessibility of instructors and confidence in getting career jobs following graduation.

The educational services company does not rank on-campus MBA programs. Instead, those that are determined to be among the best options are selected for inclusion on its list.

According to AACSB, the leading accrediting body for business schools, 1,626 colleges and universities offer business degrees in the United States. Wright State’s MBA program is one of 248 in the nation and the only one in the Dayton metropolitan area to be a Princeton Review Best Business School.

Students said Wright State’s MBA program provides an in-depth, multidisciplinary understanding of business while emphasizing ethics and sustainability and a global perspective.

“This school is on the rise and is poised to be a leader not only in the country but the world,” one student said in the survey.

The Raj Soin College of Business offers MBA classes in the evenings and online to meet the needs of working students.

The college is one of the select business schools to simultaneously hold the designations of AACSB accredited, Princeton Review Best Business School and be ranked by U.S. News and World Report as having one of the best undergraduate business programs.

The Princeton Review, which is headquartered in New York and not affiliated with Princeton University, is a leading tutoring, test prep and college admission services company.

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Graduating student Hunter Whitt applauds Wright State’s support of students with disabilities
Nov 25, 2019

There were times he thought about giving up on college. Classes were hard. And having cerebral palsy, a disorder that affects mobility, presented extra challenges.

But today Hunter Whitt is preparing to graduate from Wright State University with a bachelor’s degree in communications, a minor in health communications and aspirations of becoming a school counselor.

“What Wright State does for you is life-changing,” said Whitt. “It can open up your mind. It can open up your world, give you the confidence to do anything you want to. I can’t explain how much this university means to me.”

Whitt said that when he arrived at Wright State, the high level of support he received was all new to him and helped foster his independence.

“For Wright State to have the resources to help me was vital in helping me grow and challenge myself in ways I had never been challenged before,” he said. “This college experience really made me realize I can do things on my own.”

Whitt grew up in Ocala, Florida, and spent much of his young life in hospitals. After graduating from Belleview High School in 2013, he moved to Easton, Maryland, where he attended Chesapeake Community College for one year.

Transportation to and from college became a challenge and so Whitt began searching for schools with programs for students with disabilities. When he “Googled” it, Wright State was one of three universities that popped up.

A review of YouTube videos about Wright State’s Office of Disability Services and then a campus visit sealed the deal for Whitt.

“This is a beautiful college,” he said. “My mom was really scared, like any mom who would send their child off to a different state. I didn’t know anyone in Ohio, but I really wanted the opportunity.”

In the fall of 2014, Whitt enrolled at Wright State and began living on campus. Before long he found himself on academic probation.

“It was so tough,” he said. “I didn’t know if this was the right place for me. But after meeting people and getting into organizations, it really opened my eyes and made me realize I could do this.”

Whitt credits the late Jean Denney, former assistant director of physical support at ODS, with helping him find personal assistance. And he says Jennifer Barga, former disability and STEM support specialist at ODS, inspired him and pushed him to become more independent.

“When I thought about giving up, she was there for me,” he said.

About 915 students with disabilities currently attend Wright State, which has received national recognition for its commitment to accessibility.

Earlier this year, College Magazine named Wright State No. 3 in the nation for students with physical disabilities. In 2012, Wright State was named among America’s top disability-friendly universities by “College Success for Students with Physical Disabilities.” The book noted that Wright State has accessible housing, accessible transportation and a tunnel system that connects nearly all of the academic buildings on the Dayton Campus.

Hunter Whitt credits the Office of Disability Services for giving him the support and encouragement he needed to succeed at Wright State.

Whitt, who uses a walker or a wheelchair, likes the tunnels because in colder weather he can wear a hoodie and doesn’t have to go through the hassle of removing a winter coat when he gets to class. He also likes that the tunnels can be a social environment.

“You see people smile as they’re walking,” he said. “It brightens my days seeing people walk around. I get a sense of enjoyment out of that.”

All of the university’s housing units have accessibility options, giving students with disabilities the opportunity to live in any housing unit they choose.

The Personal Assistant Station is a one-of-a-kind facility in the Student Union that provides support to students with physical disabilities at no cost.

Services include helping students in and out of wheelchairs and scooters, cleaning and charging the devices and re-inflating tires. Students are also helped with body positioning, restroom use and clothing adjustments.

Students with service dogs can take them to Wright State’s Wingerd Service Dog Park, which offers a full acre of accessible, fenced exercise space near the academic buildings and residence halls.

ODS’ philosophy is to help students when needed while giving them the opportunity to become more self-reliant and independent.

“They don’t need somebody looking over their shoulder the whole time,” said Angela Masten, disability services coordinator. “We try hard to teach students to be independent so they are ready to enter the workforce after graduation.”

Students with disabilities are required to complete the same schoolwork, attend the same classes and take the same tests as their fellow students. But how they access the curriculum can be different.

“It might be dictating your paper instead of typing it, it might be taking your tests here in our office to have their accommodations, it might be that your books are in electronic format or Braille,” said Masten.

Whitt would like to see Wright State get more national and international attention for its accessibility and disability services.

“There are so many people around the world with disabilities wanting to find colleges like this so they do not feel like they are nothing in this world,” he said. “I will always, always, always market Wright State, not only to people with disabilities but everywhere.”

Whitt has also taken advantage of opportunities outside the classroom.

As a member of the Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity, he participated in the annual Raiderthon, a fundraising dance marathon hosted by Wright State’s Miracle Makers. Proceeds go to Dayton Children’s Hospital, which often treats children with chronic illnesses that require long hospital stays and challenging treatments.

“I grew a new level of happiness helping people, donating money to that organization,” said Whitt. “It will always be a part of me forever.”

Last summer, Whitt interned in Maryland helping people with disabilities find jobs. After graduation on Dec. 14 he wants to work as a school counselor and eventually seek a graduate degree in school counseling. His goal is to help students who may not have support to pursue higher education or careers.

“I want to give students an opportunity to be on the right path, to give them the confidence that I never really had in high school,” he said.

Whitt also would push to have students be more integrated with fellow students who have disabilities instead of being on separate academic tracks.

“I think that’s vital for human growth and human psychology,” he said

Whitt said he never felt rushed to graduate from Wright State and that the university has become a home for him.

“Now that I’m graduating,” he said, “it’s kind of bittersweet.”

College of Engineering and Computer Science named leader in inclusive excellence

Sep 18, 2019

The Wright State University College of Engineering and Computer Science has been named among the nation’s academic leaders in inclusive excellence by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).

The college was among schools receiving a Bronze Level Award, the highest honor given in the inaugural ASEE Diversity Recognition Program.

“I want to commend you for your progress and thank you very much for your support of this important ASEE EDC initiative,” Gregory N. Washington, chair of the ASEE Engineering Deans Council, said in a letter to the college.

Washington said the award demonstrates that the college has established baseline support for groups underrepresented in engineering and has quantifiably analyzed and assessed unit composition, policies, culture and climate related to all underrepresented groups.

“It is very gratifying to be recognized nationally for diversity and inclusion, which are hallmarks of the Wright State mission,” said President Cheryl B. Schrader. “As an engineering professor, I am especially proud of our College of Engineering and Computer Science for harnessing the power of diversity to enrich the classroom.”
Schrader serves on the National Advisory Board that oversees this national initiative.

Wright State is partnering with organizations in STEM-based industries like the not-for-profit research organization Riverside Research, which shares the university’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Riverside Research has entered into a four-year agreement with Wright State to provide scholarships to students typically underrepresented in STEM professions.

“Diversity is an essential component of innovation, which is just one of the many reasons we’re proud to support Wright State and the community at large as the lead on this diversity and inclusion initiative,” said Steven Omick, CEO of Riverside Research. “These students are creating our strong future as a nation.”

Washington said the College of Engineering and Computer Science has also implemented programs and initiatives that strengthen the K-12 or community college pipeline, thereby reducing significant barriers related to long-term growth. It has developed an action plan focused on continuous improvement, he said.

“The College of Engineering and Computer Science has had an enduring commitment to serving a diverse student population and creating an inclusive educational environment,” said Brian Rigling, interim dean. “We are enthusiastic about continued participation in the ASEE EDC initiative.”

Wright State was among 82 universities that applied for the award. It received a Bronze Level Award along with universities such as Georgia Tech, Duke and Harvard. Each institution received two reviews from a team of 24 reviewers.

Founded in 1893, the ASEE is a nonprofit organization of individuals and institutions committed to furthering education in engineering and engineering technology. Its 12,000-plus members include deans, department heads, faculty members, students and government and industry representatives who hail from all disciplines of engineering and engineering technology.

DBJ: Wright State program ranks No. 1 in U.S.

Jun 07, 2019

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Wright State University’s Management Information Systems program is tops in the nation in providing a quality education for military veterans, according to College Factual, a college choice organization that evaluates hundreds of universities.

In its 2019 rankings, College Factual gave the Raj Soin College of Business’ bachelor of science program the No. 1 spot among the management information systems of 147 colleges and universities it reviewed. That is up from No. 3 last year.

Wright State also ranked No. 1 for the second year in a row out of the eight Ohio colleges and universities reviewed.

“Wright State places a high priority on serving the people of our region and we recognize that many of these people are veterans,” said Lindsay Miller, the university’s interim chief diversity officer. “We take pride in being able to serve them holistically, not only with great academic programs such as this but also with exemplary support services from our Veteran and Military Center.”

The rankings were developed to highlight schools that offer quality outcomes in a specific major while also offering support and resources to help veterans and active-duty military students thrive.

“Wright State has made an intentional commitment to ensuring that student veterans have a school that takes their well-being seriously and makes them feel like they belong,” said Seth Gordon, director of the Wright State Veteran and Military Center. “These accolades affirm that investment.”

In compiling the rankings, College Factual evaluated the size and percentage of the veteran population, tuition affordability, resources available to veterans, complaints submitted by veterans and overall university quality.

Wright State’s Management Information Systems program is designed for students looking to work in businesses, nonprofits and government agencies increasingly relying on data to drive decision-making and increase productivity.

The program offers education in core business skills such as accounting, finance, marketing, management and operations management along with emphasizing business and organizational studies and information systems technology.

Based on PayScale survey data, a student who graduates from Wright State with a degree in MIS realizes average early-career earnings of $48,000 a year and average mid-career earnings of $91,000.

It was the first business school program in Ohio accredited by the Computer Accreditation Commission of Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) and one of the first 20 programs nationally to achieve this accreditation.

“We have long known about the outstanding work done by the faculty, staff and students involved in the MIS major and in supporting veterans and active duty military personnel at Wright State,” said Thomas Traynor, interim dean of the Raj Soin College of Business. “The employers of our graduates tell us so and back up their words with great starting job offers and outstanding career advancement outcomes. I am very pleased, but not at all surprised that this success has garnered this independently determined national recognition.”

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Wright State’s Management Information Systems program ranked No. 1 in the nation for military veterans

Jun 05, 2019

Wright State University’s Management Information Systems program is ranked No. 1 in the nation in providing a quality education for military veterans, according to College Factual, a college choice organization that evaluates hundreds of universities.

In its 2019 rankings, College Factual gave the Raj Soin College of Business’ bachelor of science program the top spot among the management information systems of 147 colleges and universities it reviewed. That is up from No. 3 the previous year.

Wright State also ranked No. 1 for the second year in a row out of the eight Ohio colleges and universities reviewed.

“Wright State places a high priority on serving the people of our region and we recognize that many of these people are veterans,” said Lindsay Miller, the university’s interim chief diversity officer. “We take pride in being able to serve them holistically, not only with great academic programs such as this but also with exemplary support services from our Veteran and Military Center.”

The rankings were developed to highlight schools that offer quality outcomes in a specific major while also offering support and resources to help veterans and active-duty military students thrive.

“Wright State has made an intentional commitment to ensuring that student veterans have a school that takes their well-being seriously and makes them feel like they belong,” said Seth Gordon, director of the Wright State Veteran and Military Center. “These accolades affirm that investment.”

In compiling the rankings, College Factual considered the size and percentage of the veteran population, tuition affordability, resources available to veterans, complaints submitted by veterans and overall university quality.

Wright State’s Management Information Systems program is designed for students looking to work in businesses, nonprofits and government agencies increasingly relying on data to drive decision-making and increase productivity.

The program offers a broad education in core business skills such as accounting, finance, marketing, management and operations management along with emphasizing business and organizational studies and information systems technology.

Based on PayScale survey data, a student who graduates from Wright State with a degree in MIS realizes average early-career earnings of $48,000 a year and average mid-career earnings of $91,000.

It was the first business school program in Ohio accredited by the Computer Accreditation Commission of Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) and one of the first 20 programs nationally to achieve this accreditation.

“We have long known about the outstanding work done by the faculty, staff and students involved in the MIS major and in supporting veterans and active duty military personnel at Wright State,” said Thomas Traynor, interim dean of the Raj Soin College of Business. “The employers of our graduates tell us so and back up their words with great starting job offers and outstanding career advancement outcomes. I am very pleased, but not at all surprised that this success has garnered this independently determined national recognition.”

College Factual, located in Troy, New York, is a source of data analytics and insights on college outcomes, covering more than 2,500 colleges and universities and over 350 college majors. Its analysis is available to students from over 50 countries interested in pursuing accredited college degree programs in the United States.

Wright State shows high growth in sending students to study abroad, says State Department

Apr 08, 2019

Wright State University was named among the institutions showing the greatest growth in sending students overseas by a State Department program designed to make international study more accessible and inclusive. Wright State was cited in the category of greatest growth in overseas study by students with disabilities. The recognition was based on the number of students sent overseas as part of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program.

College of Nursing and Health Ranked by U.S. News & World Report, 2019

Mar 20, 2019

U.S. News & World Report ranked the College of Nursing and Health 176th out of 258 schools responding to the survey. The magazine said the college awarded 61 master’s degrees in 2018. The magazine based its nursing rankings on quality assessment by peers; student selectivity and program size; research activity; and faculty resources, including student/faculty ratio, faculty credentials, and percentage of faculty with important academic achievements in nursing.

Electrical Engineering Program Ranked by U.S. New & World Report, 2019

Mar 20, 2019

The College of Engineering and Computer Science's electrical engineering program was ranked 122nd out of 192 by U.S. News & World Report, tied with the University of Colorado. The magazine based its engineering school rankings on quality assessments by peers and recruiters, student selectivity, faculty resources, and research activity. It said the College of Engineering and Computer Science granted 19 doctoral degrees in 2018 and received $12.9 million in research funding, or $167,000 per faculty member.

College of Engineering and Computer Science Ranked by U.S. News & World Report, 2019

Mar 20, 2019

U.S. News & World Report ranked the College of Engineering and Computer Science 148th among the 205 schools responding to the magazine’s survey. The magazine based its engineering school rankings on quality assessments by peers and recruiters, student selectivity, faculty resources, and research activity. It said the College of Engineering and Computer Science granted 19 doctoral degrees in 2018 and received $12.9 million in research funding, or $167,000 per faculty member.

U.S. News ranks Wright State graduate programs among best for 2019

Mar 12, 2019

U.S. News & World Report has named Wright State University’s graduate programs in engineering and nursing as among the best in the nation for 2019.

U.S. News ranked the College of Engineering and Computer Science 148th among the 205 schools responding to the magazine’s survey. The college’s Electrical Engineering Program ranked 122nd out of 192, tied with the University of Colorado.

The magazine based its engineering school rankings on quality assessments by peers and recruiters, student selectivity, faculty resources and research activity.

It said the College of Engineering and Computer Science granted 19 doctorate degrees in 2018 and received $12.9 million in research funding, or $167,000 per faculty member.

“I am proud to see our college recognized for the quality of our research and graduate students,” said Brian Rigling, the college’s interim dean. “As we continue to develop our faculty and grow our collaborations, I expect to see our stature on a national level to continue to increase over the coming years.”

U.S. News ranked the College of Nursing and Health 176th out of 258 schools responding to the survey. The magazine said the school awarded 61 master’s degrees in 2018.

The magazine based its nursing rankings on quality assessment by peers; student selectivity and program size; research activity; and faculty resources, including student/faculty ratio, faculty credentials and percentage of faculty with important academic achievements in the nursing field.

Wright State ranked third in top 10 campuses for students with physical disabilities, 2019

Mar 05, 2019

Wright State is ranked third in the top 10 campuses for students with physical disabilities by College Magazine because of the multiple services available to students. Wright State built the first on-campus service dog park with a covered patio area, a water station, and paved paths. Construction is also underway for a dog agility park. Nearly all of the buildings on campus are connected by underground tunnels and wheelchair-accessible shuttles run across campus for easy access to campus buildings. Students can find help with a personal care attendant to assist with hands-on needs, as well as a station that includes private restrooms, lifts, and personal assistance.

Wright State Ranked in 100 Most Affordable Universities, College Consensus, 2019

Jan 16, 2019

Wright State was ranked No. 89 among the top 100 most affordable universities in the nation, a list that ranks institutions that combine proven quality with reasonable costs.

Wright State ranked by U.S. News & World Report, 2019

Jan 16, 2019

Wright State was ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a top university among hundreds in their ranking. Universities ranked in this category are exceptional, offering a full range of undergraduate, master's, and doctoral programs, as well as participating in groundbreaking research and innovative projects.

"Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs," U.S. News & World Report, 2019

Jan 16, 2019

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Wright State's undergraduate engineering programs as No. 146 among hundreds of engineering programs across the nation. The program faculty are dedicated to student success and offer one-on-one support to all students. The university is also located in Dayton, Ohio, a hub of technical expertise in industrial engineering, human factors engineering, aerospace, unmanned aerial systems, engineering innovation, and more for internships and future career advancement.

"Best Undergraduate Education Ranked by High School Counselors," U.S. News & World Report, 2019

Jan 16, 2019

U.S. News & World Report asked 24,400 guidance counselors to rank which universities offered the best undergraduate education. Wright State University was ranked No. 261 among hundreds of universities in the United States for its exceptional education and affordable tuition.

"Best Online Graduate Business Programs for Veterans," U.S. News & World Report, 2019

Jan 16, 2019

U.S. News & World Report ranked Wright State's online business graduate degree programs for veterans (excluding M.B.A.) No. 17 among all programs for veterans in 2019. All Wright State's online graduate business programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the gold standard of business school accreditation. Wright State is also ranked a top military-friendly university for nine consecutive years. Our programs focus on a problem-solving approach that blends real-life experiences with simulations and case studies. All students complete an industry capstone project in collaboration with community businesses and organizations.

"Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs," U.S. News & World Report, 2019

Jan 16, 2019

U.S. News & World Report ranked Wright State's online graduate nursing programs No. 126 among all graduate nursing programs. The nursing program has a high certfication pass rate, excellent clinical site placements, and an outstanding reputation in the region with strong community partnerships. 

"Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs," U.S. News & World Report, 2020

Jan 16, 2019

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Wright State's online M.S. in industrial and human factors engineering as No. 35 among all graduate engineering programs. The program faculty are dedicated to student success and new lecture videos are produced to help the student experience. The university is also located in Dayton, Ohio, a hub of technical expertise in industrial engineering, human factors engineering, aerospace, unmanned aerial systems, engineering innovation, and more for internships and future career advancement.

"Best Online M.B.A. Programs," U.S. News & World Report, 2019

Jan 16, 2019

U.S. News & World Report ranked Wright State's online M.B.A. degree program No. 175 among all M.B.A. programs in 2019. The online M.B.A. program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the gold standard of business school accreditation. Students can compete the program at their pace and can customize the curriculum with online and face-to-face courses if they want. We also have one of the lowest tuition rates among AACSB-accredited schools in our geographic region.

"Best Online Graduate Business Degree Program," U.S. News & World Report, 2019

Jan 16, 2019

U.S. News & World Report ranked Wright State's online business graduate degree programs (excluding M.B.A.) No. 33 among all programs in 2019. All Wright State's online graduate business programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the gold standard of business school accreditation. Our programs focus on a problem-solving approach that blends real-life experiences with simulations and case studies. All students complete an industry capstone project in collaboration with community businesses and organizations.

U.S. News ranks Wright State online programs among best for 2019

Jan 15, 2019

U.S. News & World Report has named Wright State University’s online graduate programs in business, engineering and nursing as among the best in the nation for 2019.

The magazine based its rankings on instructor engagement with students, student excellence, student services and technology, expert opinion, and faculty credentials and training. Scores were calculated using data that the program reported to U.S. News in a statistical survey and from data collected in a separate peer reputation survey.

U.S. News ranked Wright State’s online Master of Information Systems and Master of Science in Logistics and Supply Chain Management programs offered by the Raj Soin College of Business 33rd among the 156 schools responding to the magazine’s survey. The programs’ score of 70 ranked higher than those of such schools as the University of Cincinnati, Syracuse and Oklahoma.

The specialized programs offer a hybrid approach through on-campus and online learning experiences. Each class has one full day of residency then five weeks online, with students taking one class at a time. The programs enable students to continue working full time while obtaining their master’s degree in just one year.

The online MBA program ranked 175th, with a score of 53, out of the 232 schools responding to the survey.

The online Industrial and Human Factors Engineering Program offered by the College of Engineering and Computer Science was ranked 41st among the 74 respondents. The program’s score of 64 ranked higher than those of schools such as Clemson, Duke and Villanova.

Online and on-campus students are integrated in the Master in Industrial and Human Factors Engineering Program, experiencing the same lectures, assignments and instructor interactions. Program graduates work in industries such as automobile, aerospace, health care, military, logistics and supply chain, retail, defense contractors and many others.

Brian Rigling, interim dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, said the development, maintenance and offering of these online programs represents a major investment of time and effort by faculty in response to student demand for more flexible pathways to degree completion.

“Clearly, their efforts are paying dividends for the communities that we serve,” said Rigling. “We will continue to expand our online offerings and innovate in that space.”

Frank Ciarallo, associate professor of biomedical, industrial and human factors engineering, said the online format provides course content to enrolled students with as little as an internet connection and a computing device with a screen.

“Working professionals pursuing a degree as well as full-time students can use their time in a flexible way,” said Ciarallo. “From watching lectures to working on assignments and projects to interacting with our world-class faculty, the online mode works well for degree-seekers with busy lives.”

He said one reason for the high ranking from U.S. News is the faculty’s ability to engage students effectively in the online mode.

“This happens in delivering content through lectures as well as personal one-on-one interaction,” he said. “Our small class sizes support this, but it’s really driven by our faculty’s commitment to the students in the program.”

Online graduate programs offered by the College of Nursing and Health were ranked 126th, with a score of 60, out of 141 respondents.

Supply Chain and Logistics Grad Ranked Top Affordable Master's Program, GradSchoolHub.com

Sep 28, 2018

Wright State University's Master of Science in Logistics and Supply Chain Management ranks among the top online graduate programs in the nation because of its excellent quality and affordability. This cohort program allows you to work with your peers at residencies and online as you advance through your studies.

DDN: U.S. News ranks Wright State business, engineering programs in best colleges list

Sep 11, 2018

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U.S. News & World Report has released its 2019 college rankings and Wright State University made multiple lists.

The Soin College of Business earned Wright State its highest rating in the annual college ranking.

The college of business was ranked No. 274 out of more than 500 schools. WSU tied with 38 other schools for the No. 274 spot, according to U.S. News.

Rankings have”become a shorthand way for people to evaluate the quality of a school,” said Tom Traynor, interim dean of Wright State’s Soin College of Business. While the rankings—including U.S. News’ —aren’t always very comprehensive, Traynor said they can help bolster programs and get them some much desired notoriety.

“It matters,” he said. “Lots of parents and families look at U.S. News & World Report.”

Wright State’s engineering program also fared well among national universities, coming in at No. 146 overall in the category of schools with doctoral engineering programs. WSU’s engineering program tied with 21 other schools including Boise State University and the University of Akron, according to U.S. News.

In the category of “Best National Universities,” Wright State did not receive an official ranking but was named as being in the bottom 72 of 301 schools considered for the ranking.

Here are the categories Wright State placed in.

• No.146 in the overall category of best engineering programs with a doctoral program.

• No. 274 in the category of best undergraduate business programs.

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Business Programs Ranked Among National Universities, U.S. News & World Report, 2019

Sep 11, 2018

U.S. News & World Report ranked Wright State University’s business programs No. 274 out of the 503 schools included in their 2019 National Universities rankings.

Engineering Doctoral Programs Ranked Among National Universities, U.S. News & World Report, 2019

Sep 11, 2018

U.S. News & World Report ranked Wright State University’s doctoral engineering programs No. 146 out of the 206 schools included in their 2019 National Universities rankings.

"Best Undergraduate Education," U.S. News & World Report High School Counselor Rankings

Sep 11, 2018

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Wright State among the best in undergraduate education for high school students based on surveys by high school counselors. They surveyed 24,400 high school guidance counselors from high schools in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., to tell them which universities offer the best undergraduate education to their students. Of the thousands of universities in the United States, only 281 were ranked. Wright State was ranked No. 261 out of 281.

Online Programs Ranked by U.S. News & World Report for 2018

Jan 10, 2018
U.S. News & World Report has named Wright State University’s online bachelor’s degree programs as well as its online graduate programs in business, education, engineering and nursing as among the best in the nation for 2018.
 
The magazine based its rankings on instructor engagement with students, student services and technology, faculty credentials and training, admissions selectivity and peer reputation.
 

U.S. News ranked Wright State’s online Master of Information Systems and Master of Science in Logistics and Supply Chain Management programs offered by the Raj Soin College of Business 19th among the 165 schools responding to the magazine’s surveys. The programs’ score of 82 ranked higher than those of such schools as Michigan State University, the University of Georgia and the University of Cincinnati. It marked the first time the programs ranked in the Top 20.

Wright State’s online Master of Education Program offered by the College of Education and Human Services was ranked 46th among those of the 309 respondents. Its score of 80 was better than schools such as the University of Virginia and the University of Cincinnati.

The online Industrial and Human Factors Engineering Program offered by the College of Engineering and Computer Science was ranked 67th among those of the 93 respondents.

Online graduate programs offered by the College of Nursing and Health were ranked 91st among those of the 159 respondents.

The online MBA program offered by the Raj Soin College of Business ranked 128th out of the 282 considered. Its score of 48 put it above schools such as Wichita State University, New Mexico State University and Kent State University.

Wright State’s online bachelor’s degree programs were ranked 153rd among the 357 respondents. The programs’ score of 67 put them above those of schools such as the University of Oklahoma, Eastern Michigan University and the University of Louisville.

U.S. News ranks Wright State online programs among best for 2018

Jan 09, 2018

U.S. News & World Report has named Wright State University’s online bachelor’s degree programs as well as its online graduate programs in business, education, engineering and nursing as among the best in the nation for 2018.

The magazine based its rankings on instructor engagement with students, student services and technology, faculty credentials and training, admissions selectivity and peer reputation.

U.S. News ranked Wright State’s online Master of Information Systems and Master of Science in Logistics and Supply Chain Management programs offered by the Raj Soin College of Business 19th among the 165 schools responding to the magazine’s surveys.

The programs’ score of 82 ranked higher than those of such schools as Michigan State University, the University of Georgia and the University of Cincinnati. It marked the first time the programs ranked in the Top 20.

The specialized programs offer a hybrid approach through on-campus and online learning experiences. Each online class is five weeks long, with students taking one class at a time. The programs enable students to continue working full time while obtaining their master’s degree in just one year.

Wright State’s online Master of Education Program offered by the College of Education and Human Services was ranked 46th among those of the 309 respondents. Its score of 80 was better than schools such as the University of Virginia and the University of Cincinnati.

The college offers four online programs, two leading to a Master of Education and two leading to an educational specialist degree.

Two of the programs focus on curriculum, instruction and professional development for educators who want to mentor younger teachers, develop curriculum, improve teaching strategies or oversee special programs for students. The other two programs provide coursework for those who aspire to be principals and superintendents.

These online programs have their roots in the former Teacher Leader Program, which began in the 1970s as a way to reach out to students by sending faculty members to teach courses in outlying areas where there were a significant number of students, such as Lake Campus, Marysville, Madison Plains, Mason and Fairfield.

As online technology developed, the program morphed initially into a hybrid model and then to asynchronous online delivery. All four programs are adding web conferencing sessions to enhance student and instructor interaction. The programs, which are delivered by faculty in the Department of Leadership Studies in Education and Organizations, currently have more than 120 students.

“The programs’ success can be attributed to our faculty’s student-centered approaches in online course delivery and their ongoing desire to improve emerging school leaders,” said Grant Hambright, director of Educational Leadership Programs.

The online Industrial and Human Factors Engineering Program offered by the College of Engineering and Computer Science was ranked 67th among those of the 93 respondents.

Online and on-campus students are integrated in the Master in Industrial and Human Factors Engineering Program, experiencing the same lectures, assignments and instructor interactions. Program graduates work in industries such as automobile, aerospace, health care, military, logistics and supply chain, retail, defense contractors and many others.

Frank Ciarallo, associate professor of biomedical, industrial and human factors engineering, said the online course content is very fresh.

“Lectures are captured on video here on campus and made available to program students online within a few hours,” he said. “The online option is a great convenience for the working engineer, both in the Dayton region and farther away. Students can further their careers with a master’s degree in our excellent program while working it into a busy professional and personal life.”

The program, which accepts students with bachelor’s degrees in many engineering and other disciplines, is staffed with seven full-time, tenure-track faculty as well as full-time instructors.

“Faculty really go out of their way to serve student needs,” said Ciarallo. “We know that online students will be focusing on course-related work on weekends and late in the evenings, so we’re ready to respond at all hours.”

Online graduate programs offered by the College of Nursing and Health were ranked 91st among those of the 159 respondents.

The online MBA program offered by the Raj Soin College of Business ranked 128th out of the 282 considered. Its score of 48 put it above schools such as Wichita State University, New Mexico State University and Kent State University.

And Wright State’s online bachelor’s degree programs were ranked 153rd among the 357 respondents. The programs’ score of 67 put them above those of schools such as the University of Oklahoma, Eastern Michigan University and the University of Louisville.


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