WSU to add 12 degrees

HANNAH WELZBACKER, Evergreen reporter

The WSU Global campus is in the process of approving 12 new online degrees, according to David Cillay, vice president for Academic Outreach and Innovation.

During his State of the University address last week, WSU President Kirk Schulz announced the new programs, but didn’t mention specifics.

Cillay said the degrees are in various stages of approval. To be offered online, a degree must pass each approval stage: from the department, the college, the provost, various committees, all the way to Faculty Senate and then accreditors.

The undergraduate degrees include a bachelor’s in marketing, sociology, history, environmental and ecosystem science, anthropology, biology, political science and English. New graduate degrees include a masters in music and strategic health communication, both of which still have to go through several stages before they can be offered to students. Cillay said there are two other degrees waiting on college approval and he can’t announce specifics at this time.

The availability of these degrees depends on how fast they move through the approval process, which can take up to 12 months depending on the degree, Cillay said.

He said they employ a third-party market research company to look into potential degrees for WSU. They also examine the individual costs of moving a degree online.