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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.”

View the original story at bizjournals.com

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, 2019

Jan 16, 2019

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Wright State's online M.S. in industrial and human factors engineering as No. 41 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.

Wright State University Has More Than $1 Billion In Annual Economic Impact On The Region

Dec 06, 2017

Wright State University has more than a $1 billion annual economic impact on the region and supports over 14,000 jobs, according to a study by the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE) for fiscal year 2016. The study measured the impact of Wright State in the Dayton Metropolitan Statistical Area, a region that includes Greene, Montgomery, Miami and Preble counties. It did not measure the impact of Wright State’s Lake Campus, which operates in Mercer County. Wright State’s $1 billion-plus impact was created by its operations, student spending and capital expenditures.

Sidney Daily News story: WSU tops for military students

Nov 27, 2017

Excerpt

Wright State University has been ranked among the nation’s best schools for veteran, active-duty and military dependent students.

The Military Times Best: Colleges 2018 list ranks Wright State No. 80 out of 218 schools that made the list. More than 600 schools submitted a 150-question survey to be considered.Wright State received a better ranking than schools such as the University of North Carolina, the University of Oklahoma and The Ohio State University.

“Only the best made the cut,” said George Altman, the Military Times editor in charge of the rankings. “For the past eight years, we’ve seen colleges and universities consistently increasing their resources, revising their policies and improving their academic outcomes for military and veteran students. The Military Times Best: Colleges rankings showcase the very best of these efforts.”

The Military Times based the rankings on survey responses and also used data from the federal Education, Defense and Veterans Affairs departments to determine how schools stacked up across five categories: university culture, academic quality and outcomes, policies, student support, and cost and financial aid.

The Military Times noted that Wright State has 760 military-connected students and does a good job with retaining them. It also noted that the university has a veterans center and gave it four stars on GI Bill Gap coverage.

Wright State has long been recognized as a welcoming campus for veterans and other military-connected students. The university offers an array of resources to help those students transition to campus.

In fall 2014, Wright State opened a new Veteran and Military Center (VMC), a 4,500-square-foot area designed to provide a welcoming space on campus for veteran and military students. The VMC is designed to efficiently provide support services for veteran and military students and provide a space where they can relax and study together. It is considered a model for processing GI Bill benefits.

Wright State awards education credits for military training and experience and offers courses designed to appeal to veteran and military students. The university also delivers high-quality career counseling and helps veterans connect with other students through campus events, student clubs and the VMC.

The university’s Graduate School offers scholarships for Ohio National Guardsmen and military personnel and civilian workers at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base who want to pursue graduate degrees. The College of Nursing and Health offers a Veterans Bachelor of Science in Nursing for veterans and members of the Air Force, Army and Navy.

For the full Military Times Best: Colleges 2018 rankings, go to https://www.militarytimes.com/education-transition/rankings/2017/11/20/2....

Read the original story at sidneydailynews.com

DBJ story: Wright State ranks among nation’s top schools for military students

Nov 27, 2017

Excerpt

Wright State University is one of the best schools in the nation for veteran, active duty and military dependent students, according to a new ranking.

The Military Times: Best Colleges 2018 list for four-year universities ranks Wright State No. 80 out of 218 schools across the country. More than 600 schools submitted a 150-question survey to be considered for the distinction, which is a record number of applicants.

Wright State earned a better ranking than several other Ohio schools, including The Ohio State University (89th), the University of Akron (92nd), the University of Toledo (97th) and Youngstown State University (119th).

The only Ohio school to rank ahead of Wright State was Bowling Green State University, which placed 54th.

The top-ranked school was D’Youville College, of Buffalo, N.Y., followed by the University of South Florida in Tampa, and Armstrong State University in Savannah, Ga.

“Only the best made the cut,” said George Altman, the Military Times editor in charge of the rankings. “For the past eight years, we’ve seen colleges and universities consistently increasing their resources, revising their policies and improving their academic outcomes for military and veteran students. The Military Times Best Colleges rankings showcase the very best of these efforts.”

The Military Times noted that Wright State has 760 military-connected students and does a good job retaining them. It also noted that the university has a veterans center, and gave it four stars on GI Bill Gap coverage.

The university offers an array of resources to help veterans and other military-connected students transition to campus.

In fall 2014, Wright State opened a new Veteran and Military Center, a 4,500-square-foot area designed to provide a welcoming space on campus for veteran and military students. The VMC is designed to provide support services for veteran and military students, and create a space where they can relax and study together. It is considered a model for processing GI Bill benefits, according to the university.

The university’s Graduate School offers scholarships for Ohio National Guardsmen and military personnel, and civilian workers at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base who want to pursue graduate degrees. The College of Nursing and Health offers a Veterans Bachelor of Science in Nursing for veterans and members of the Air Force, Army and Navy.

The Military Times based its rankings on survey responses, and used data from the federal Education, Defense and Veterans Affairs departments to determine how schools stacked up across five categories: university culture, academic quality and outcomes, policies, student support, and cost and financial aid.

For the full list, visit militarytimes.com.

Read the original story at bizjournals.com

Wright State ranked among nation’s top schools for military students

Nov 21, 2017

Wright State University has been ranked among the nation’s best schools for veteran, active-duty and military dependent students.

The Military Times Best: Colleges 2018 list ranks Wright State No. 80 out of 218 schools that made the list. More than 600 schools submitted a 150-question survey to be considered, a record number.

Wright State received a better ranking than schools such as the University of North Carolina, the University of Oklahoma and The Ohio State University.

“Only the best made the cut,” said George Altman, the Military Times editor in charge of the rankings. “For the past eight years, we’ve seen colleges and universities consistently increasing their resources, revising their policies and improving their academic outcomes for military and veteran students. The Military Times Best: Colleges rankings showcase the very best of these efforts.”

The Military Times based the rankings on survey responses and also used data from the federal Education, Defense and Veterans Affairs departments to determine how schools stacked up across five categories: university culture, academic quality and outcomes, policies, student support and cost and financial aid.

The Military Times noted that Wright State has 760 military-connected students and does a good job with retaining them. It also noted that the university has a veterans center and gave it four stars on GI Bill Gap coverage.

Wright State has long been recognized as a welcoming campus for veterans and other military-connected students. The university offers an array of resources to help those students transition to campus.

In fall 2014, Wright State opened a new Veteran and Military Center (VMC), 4,500-square-foot area designed to provide a welcoming space on campus for veteran and military students. The VMC is designed to efficiently provide support services for veteran and military students and provide a space where they can relax and study together. It is considered a model for processing GI Bill benefits.

Wright State awards education credits for military training and experience and offers courses designed to appeal to veteran and military students. The university also delivers high-quality career counseling and helps veterans connect with other students through campus events, student clubs and the VMC.

The university’s Graduate School offers scholarships for Ohio National Guardsmen and military personnel and civilian workers at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base who want to pursue graduate degrees. The College of Nursing and Health offers a Veterans Bachelor of Science in Nursing for veterans and members of the Air Force, Army and Navy.

The Military Times digital platforms and newsweeklies serve as a source of independent news and information for service members and their families.

For the full Military Times Best: Colleges 2018 rankings, go to https://www.militarytimes.com/education-transition/rankings/2017/11/20/218-schools-make-military-times-best-colleges-2018-rankings/

Wright State Ranked Among Nation’s Top Schools For Military Students

Nov 21, 2017

Wright State University has been ranked among the nation’s best schools for veteran, active-duty and military dependent students. The Military Times Best: Colleges 2018 list ranks Wright State No. 80 out of 218 schools that made the list. More than 600 schools submitted a 150-question survey to be considered. The Military Times based the rankings on survey responses and also used data from the federal Education, Defense and Veterans Affairs departments to determine how schools stacked up across five categories: university culture, academic quality and outcomes, policies, student support, and cost and financial aid.

Engineering Doctoral Programs Ranked Among National Universities, U.S. News & World Report, 2018

Nov 16, 2017

U.S. News & World Report ranked Wright State University’s doctoral engineering programs No. 137 out of the 1,388 schools included in their 2018 National Universities rankings.

Business Programs Ranked Among National Universities, U.S. News & World Report, 2018

Nov 16, 2017

U.S. News & World Report ranked Wright State University’s business programs No. 249 out of the 1,388 schools included in their 2018 National Universities rankings.

DDN story: U.S. News ranks 2 Wright State programs in annual ‘best colleges’ list

Sep 12, 2017

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U.S. News and World Report has released its annual rankings of the best colleges and programs and Wright State University made the list.

Wright State had two of its academic programs ranked by U.S. News on the 2018 list.

Wright State’s undergraduate engineering programs, with highest degree being a doctorate, received the highest honor for the school, coming in at No. 137. WSU tied with the University of Dayton in the category, according to the rankings.

The business programs at Wright State also received an honor. WSU’s business programs were ranked No. 249, according to the report.

Around 1,388 schools are included in the rankings, according to U.S. News.

Read the entire post at daytondailynews.com

Wright State University Nationally Ranked for Social Media Engagement

Jul 20, 2017

In the world of social media, Wright State University is gaining recognition for our high levels of engagement. For the first time, the university was nationally ranked in the 2017 Higher Ed Social Media Engagement Report. At #251 in the nation, Wright State is ahead of such major social media influencers as Ohio State, Michigan, Harvard, Duke, Yale, Stanford, Oregon, Florida, Florida State, Boise State, Maryland, Princeton, and Ohio University.

The Higher Ed Social Media Engagement Report by Up&Up and Rival IQ included all 338 Division I institutions. The report did not measure athletics accounts; they focused on each institution’s main university channels, which for Wright State include our main Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. These individual platforms were also ranked. The university’s most engaging platform, Instagram, was ranked at #205 in the nation. Our Twitter came in at #213 and Facebook at #272.

Unlike other studies that focus solely on vanity metrics like the number of fans or followers, Rival IQ used a proprietary analytics software to develop the rankings, computed using a weighted score of audience, activity, and engagement. The report favors measurable interactions on social media posts, including likes, comments, favorites, retweets, shares, and reactions. The study examined all university-level account posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram from August 2016 through May 2017. Locally, the University of Dayton and Xavier landed spots in the report’s top 10. Read more about this study at https://www.upandup.agency/education-news/2017-higher-ed-social-media-engagement-report.

In addition, our own Katie Halberg, Wright State’s director of social engagement, was recognized as one of Sixth City Marketing’s “40 Higher Education Marketers You Should Be Following on Twitter in 2017.” Way to go, Katie!

You can read the full list of marketers to follow at https://www.sixthcitymarketing.com/2017/01/18/40-higher-education-marketers-you-should-be-following-on-twitter-in-2017/.

 

"Best Graduate Education Programs—Master of Nursing," U.S. News & World Report, 2017

Mar 14, 2017

U.S. News & World Report ranked the Wright State University-Miami Valley College of Nursing and Health program No. 115 out of 142 programs that were ranked. There are 532 accredited nursing schools with master’s or doctoral programs in the nation. Wright State’s program was ranked higher than those at Gonzaga University, Kent State University and Ohio University.

Source: Wright State Newsroom

Wright State’s College of Nursing and Health programs ranked as among the best in the nation

Mar 14, 2017

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Wright State University’s Master of Nursing program as among the best graduate education programs in the nation in 2018.

The magazine ranked the Wright State University-Miami Valley College of Nursing and Health program No. 115 out of 142 programs that were ranked. There are 532 accredited nursing schools with master’s or doctoral programs in the nation. Wright State’s program was ranked higher than those at Gonzaga University, Kent State University and Ohio University.

“We are proud to be able to offer quality nursing education to our students and provide competent nursing professionals to the Dayton community,” said Deborah L. Ulrich, interim dean of the College of Nursing and Health.

Programs in the U.S. News rankings were based on quality, student selectivity and program size, faculty resources and research activity.

The magazine said Wright State’s nursing program had a 45.3 percent acceptance rate, an average GPA of 3.24 and total enrollment of 208. It had 3.4 students for each faculty member, 21.3 percent of faculty in active nursing practice and $964,000 in National Institutes of Health research and other grants.

Wright State’s nursing college was also ranked among the best RN programs in Ohio by RegisteredNursing.org — No. 17 among 84 colleges and universities and higher than Case Western, Kent State and the University of Akron. The rankings were based on the percentage of graduates who passed the National Council Licensure Examination, designed to determine if they are ready to practice as entry-level nurses.

In addition, Wright State’s nursing college was ranked No. 73 in the nation and fifth in Ohio in online RN-to-BSN programs by RNtoBSN.org, a group of professional nurses, educators, writers and editors committed to furthering nursing education.

"Best RN Programs in Ohio," RegisteredNursing.org, 2017

Mar 07, 2017

The Wright State University—Miami Valley College of Nursing and Health ranked among the best RN programs in Ohio by RegisteredNursing.org—No. 17 among 84 colleges and universities and higher than Case Western, Kent State and the University of Akron. The rankings were based on the percentage of graduates who passed the National Council Licensure Examination, designed to determine if they are ready to practice as entry-level nurses.

Source: Wright State Newsroom

"Best Online Programs—Graduate Business," U.S. News & World Report, 2017

Jan 10, 2017

U.S. News & World Report ranked the Wright State University Raj Soin College of Business’ online Master of Information Systems and Master in Logistics and Supply Chain Management 63rd among the 139 schools responding to the survey, naming it one of the “Best Online Programs — Graduate Business.”

Source: Wright State Newsroom

"Best Online Programs—Graduate Education," U.S. News & World Report, 2017

Jan 10, 2017

U.S. News & World Report ranked Wright State’s online Master of Education program, offered by the College of Education and Human Services, 43rd among the 275 schools responding to the survey, naming it among “Best Online Programs — Graduate Education.”

Source: Wright State Newsroom

U.S. News ranks Wright State online programs among best for 2017

Jan 10, 2017

U.S. News & World Report has named Wright State University’s online graduate programs in education and business as among the best in the nation for 2017.

The magazine ranked Wright State’s online Master of Education program offered by the College of Education and Human Services 43rd among the 275 schools responding to the survey, naming it among “Best Online Programs — Graduate Education.”

And the Wright State Raj Soin College of BusinessMaster of Information Systems and Master in Logistics and Supply Chain Management was ranked 63rd out of 139 respondents and was named among the “Best Online Programs — Graduate Business.”

Wright State’s Industrial and Human Factors Engineering program offered by the College of Engineering and Computer Science was ranked 56th among 94 schools, topping well-known schools such as the University of Florida, University of Colorado and University of South Carolina.

And Wright State’s online nursing program offered by the College of Nursing and Health was ranked 94th among 116 schools.

Don Hopkins, director of the master’s programs in the Department of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management, said the department is honored to once again be ranked among the top online programs in the country.

“These continue to be two fast-growing areas in terms of employment and strategic leadership in corporations, and we are proud of our graduates and their accomplishments,” Hopkins said.

Another ranked program was Wright State’s online MBA program, which received a ranking of 124th out of 255.

“That we were able to achieve this ranking based on just one year in which the MBA was offered with an online-only option is a testament to the outstanding faculty, staff and students at the Raj Soin College of Business,” said Thomas Traynor, the college’s associate dean for graduate programs and executive education. “The online education infrastructure and support staff at Wright State deserve tremendous credit for having put in place excellent computing systems and helping faculty integrate the latest technology and methods for online learning into our programs.”

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

Wright State’s College of Education and Human Services offers four asynchronous 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.

“We continue meeting the student demand for totally online programs, but we are infusing synchronous activities to provide for ‘live’ interactions between class participants and the course instructors,” said Grant Hambright, director of educational leadership programs.

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. The programs now have more than 120 students.

The programs are delivered by faculty in the Department of Leadership Studies in Education and Organizations.

“The programs are highly successful due to the hard work of distinguished faculty members including Grant Hambright, Yoko Miura, Chris Cline and Nancy Williams and program coordinator Kyra Robinson,” said Carol Patitu, chair of the department.

Online and on-campus students are integrated in the Master in Industrial and Human Factors Engineering, 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.

“Online graduate education gives working engineers the best of all worlds, and our program really strives to meet their needs,” said Frank Ciarallo, associated professor in the Department of Biomedical, Industrial and Human Factors Engineering. “It enables students to manage their current job, family, personal life and career goals.”

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.

“With our great faculty, technology setup and tech-savvy students, it’s a great way to further career goals in engineering,” said Ciarallo. “It’s really satisfying being part of the successful life stories of the students. Students with the ambition and commitment to do the online master’s program really see the return on the investment.”

"Best Online Programs," U.S. News & World Report, 2017

Jan 10, 2017

U.S. News & World Report ranked Wright State’s Master of Industrial and Human Factors Engineering No. 56 among its 94 best online graduate engineering programs in 2017.

Source: Wright State Newsroom

Wright State University named to the 2015 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

Dec 07, 2016

Wright State University was named to the 2015 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the university’s support of volunteering, student community service, service learning and civic engagement.

Source: Wright State Newsroom

“Military Friendly School,” G.I. Jobs magazine, Victory Media, 2017

Nov 10, 2016

Victory Media, the parent company of G.I. Jobs magazine, has named Wright State University military friendly again. It is the eighth consecutive year the university has earned the designation.

Source: Wright State Newsroom

Military Times has named Wright State University to its Best for Vets: Colleges 2017 Rankings

Nov 07, 2016

Military Times has named Wright State University to its Best for Vets: Colleges 2017 rankings. It is latest in a series of accolades and designations for Wright State that have praised how the university serves veteran and military students and their connected families.

Source: Wright State Newsroom

Wright State named to Best for Vets list

Nov 07, 2016

Military Times has named Wright State University to its Best for Vets: Colleges 2017 rankings. It is latest in a series of accolades and designations for Wright State that have praised how the university serves veteran and military students and their connected families.

Seth Gordon, director of Wright State University’s Veteran and Military Center, said Wright State’s culture reflects a strong commitment to veterans, service members and their families.

“These young men and women have done remarkable things in service to their country,” said Gordon. “For some of them, the sacrifice has required them to receive extra support while in school because, compared to others in their peer group, they have developed different needs. Having others around that understand their commitment and in many cases, sacrifice, is important.”

Seth Gordon, director of the Wright State University Veteran and Military Center

Seth Gordon, director of the Wright State University Veteran and Military Center

In March, Wright State earned the No. 1 ranking in 2016 by Military.com and CollegeRecon for Best Veteran Programs. For several years running G.I. Jobs and Military Advanced Education have honored the university by designating it military friendly.

The Military Times rankings factor in the results of a school-by-school survey of more than 500 institutions and their respective veteran and military student offerings and rates of academic achievement. The survey asked colleges and universities to document an array of services, special rules, accommodations and financial incentives offered to students with military ties and to describe aspects of veteran culture on campus.

Wright State serves about 750 veterans or military-connected students — service members, Guard and Reserve members and military dependents. Wright State offers an array of resources to help those students transition to campus.

Opened in the fall of 2014, the Veteran and Military Center facilities at Wright State are among the nicest in Ohio. With over 1,800 square feet designated for them, military and veteran students benefit from a small computer lab, three private study rooms, a lounge area, kitchenette and 500-square-foot conference room that has become popular with nursing students.

“We have four full-time staff members and over a dozen student veterans on staff to support their fellow veterans success,” said Gordon. “The VMC motto is ‘We are each other’s champion.’ The student veterans have formed a community and culture where they take care of each other.”

The Veteran and Military Center provides a welcoming space on campus and provides for support services for veteran and military students.

The Veteran and Military Center provides a welcoming space on campus and provides for support services for veteran and military students.

The VMC is considered a model for processing GI Bill benefits — something Gordon said is directly related to the efforts of Amanda Watkins, the center’s associate director, and Ty Lea Brewsaugh, VMC assistant director and certifying benefits official. The center processes $7.5 million in tuition benefits and related benefits a year for student veterans.

“We take the processing of GI Bill benefits seriously, and we really perform here,” Gordon said. “The people are the reason we’re so successful. Without those two people — Amanda and Ty — nothing that I do would matter. We’re recognized and named to lists like these because of them.”

In addition to the physical facilities, the VMC provides supplemental advising, peer mentorship through the PAVE program and career counseling. The university launched two new academic programs this year designed to support military and veteran students: an accelerated nursing program for former medics and corpsmen; and a Veteran Services minor for those who may want to work with veterans in the future.

Veterans Voices logoThe VMC has also piloted a program called Veterans’ Voices that trains student veterans to gather the oral histories of other veterans using the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project model. This year, the work of those students will be airing for the third season of audio stories on WYSO, which features several Wright State student veterans telling stories about or with other veterans. Those stories debut Thursday, Nov. 10, on WWSU and on Friday, Nov. 11 (Veteran’s Day) on WYSO 91.3 FM.

The rankings are also published online at MilitaryTimes.com, as well as ArmyTimes.com, NavyTimes.com, AirForceTimes.com and MarineCorpsTimes.com and are set to be published in a special magazine issue of Military Times on newsstands in mid-November.

View the complete Military Times ranking at http://www.militarytimes.com/bestforvets-colleges2017.

Wright State club football team ranked No. 5 in the nation

Oct 21, 2016

For the fifth straight week, the Wright State Club Football was ranked in the National Club Football Association (NCFL) Power Rankings Top Ten. Saturday they travel to top-ranked Oakland University.

“It’s been great because we haven’t lost yet,” said Forrest Cordova, the Raiders senior QB.

Cordova, who also played Division II college football, said the big difference with club football is that the players concentrate on school work first. NCFA players attend practices and games only if their schedules allow them to.

“These guys are working hard. They’re trying to get to the point of where they make themselves proud and they make the university proud and recognize what their hard work and accomplishments are,” said head coach Jimmy Johnson.

The Raiders have three games left on their schedule before the conference championship.

They host Ohio State on Oct. 29, and the University of North Carolina on Nov. 12.

Tickets are $5 for general admission and free to all Wright State students with their ID.

“Military Friendly School,” Military Advanced Education, Victory Media, 2016

Jul 22, 2016

Military Advanced Education and Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, both named Wright State to their Top Military Friendly Schools list for 2016.

Source: Military Advanced Education and Victory Media


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