Students are recruited through the university and College of Business web site. Faculty also attend the university recruiting function during fall quarter.
1. Outreach to community colleges: existing relationships with faculty at Wenatchee Valley Community College, South Puget Sound Community College, Yakima Valley Community College, hosting visits between Anthropology student clubs.
2. Open-door advising for transfer students who visit from other colleges or programs with interest in transferring to CWU, or contact us by phone
3. Regularize staffing of Anth 107 to meet demand for Gen Ed
4. We have recently updated our web page to showcase our programs and curriculum.
5. Last year we established a chapter of the national anthropology student honor society, Lambda Alpha and have over 25 students who qualified and joined.
Student recruitment is effected by regular Department representation (normally the chair) at all CWU sponsored campus events and the annual recruitment effort designed specifically for the visual and performing arts held at the Science Center in Seattle. During the last three years, we have also reworked our website so that it relflects our most recent information including club, scholarship, and gallery updates. We are currrenlty working on producing a color folder for distribution at the above fairs and a postcard for mail in questions and responses. We also distribute a fourteen page booklet describing Department programs, Department goals, faculty contact information, along with ten reasons why you should study the visual arts at Central.
The department maintains close relationships with two-year aviation-related colleges throughout the state.
The department has articulation/degree agreements with BBCC and GRCC. Faculty participate in Air Washington – an affiliation of higher education institutions and industry. The department cultivates and maintains relationships with Aviation High Schools in Washington. Faculty visit targeted High schools & two-year Collegiate Aviation programs on a regular schedule. The department participates in campus recruiting days, high school college fairs, and university open houses. Students and Faculty participate in industry expositions and trade shows. Faculty give presentations to local, regional, national, and international aviation groups on a regular basis. Faculty publish regularly in aviation journals and periodicals.
Student club members and faculty participate in yearly conferences, trade shows, and symposiums.
We continue to manage and award yearly scholarships from the Dennis W. Farrell Foundation to pre-medical students. The number of scholarships given has increased over the five years. Specifically, we have awarded 62 Dennis Farrell scholarships and another 17 to incoming freshmen.
The Natural Science Seminar series continues to be an important biweekly event which brings students, faculty and members of the local community together. A list of recent seminars is included in supporting materials.
The annual Greenhouse Open House continues to be held and draws many individuals from across campus and from the Ellensburg community.
Our undergraduate programs are promoted internally through campus fairs and an undergraduate student handbook which is available in the department office. The BS: Chemistry degree is ACS certified. The ACS publicizes all certified programs in a book and on their website. All department promotion materials contain the fact that students can earn an ACS Certified degree at CWU.
We have significantly increased our recruiting efforts for the graduate program. These efforts include a program brochure, site visits to regional institutions of higher education, and graduate program fairs at professional conferences. The majority of students who choose not to attend CWU state that it is because of the low graduate stipends. We are currently working with the Graduate Office to look at ways to improve the situation. For chemistry it is clear that fewer large stipends is a more effective recruiting tool than more small stipends. In the meantime, we also recognize the importance of obtaining external funding for research, especially funding that provides graduate student support. In addition, we are working to develop nationally recognized research programs through publication and presentation at local and national conferences.
Most of our recruitment at this point is passive. We maintain a Web site, work with the high school journalism teachers association, participate in all major fairs and enrollment activities. The Observer, NewsWatch, and other student activities have made us known to students on and off campus. We have more students than we can currently accommodate. That said, the department is eager to begin a more aggressive recruitment program.
The department engages in the following recruiting activities. We contact by mail and/or e-mail all prospective students identified by the admissions office. The department contacts local high schools to talk with potential students there. The department has been successful in obtaining scholarship money for students in our programs from the National Science Foundaton and Boeing. We provide prospective students with information about the program and information about our scholarships. We also provide posters and flyers containingthis information to the admissions office.
In addition, the department has two outreach programs intended to help increase the diversity of our student body. Both of these programs work with grade school students where a majority of students at the school have backgrounds that are underrepresented in the computing disciplines. One program looks at graphical programming and the other program involves students in the building and programming of robots.
The department does not currently have a program that seeks accreditation. As an aside, the department does co-sponsor the Computer Engineering Technology that is part of the Electrical Engineering Technology degree. This program requires about half of its courses from Cmputer Science. The program is ABET accredited. Information concerning this program will be found with the Electrical Engineering Technology program.
Students are recruited through the university and COB web site. Faculty also attend the university recruiting forums during the academic year.
Each of our major programs has a brochure, and a separate brochure covers the three minor programs. Our website promotes the department in several ways. Information is provided about faculty, including individual web pages for most full time faculty and a page devoted to recent faculty accomplishments. Multiple web pages describe each program, and an online information request form is included for the graduate program. Additional pages describe career opportunities for English majors and famous English majors. Finally, there are pages on special programs and activities such as the Lion Rock Visiting Writers Series, the Central Washington Writers Project, and the Manastash Student literary journal.
The Family and Consumer Sciences Education program recruits at annual FCCLA, state professional association activities and at CWU major fairs.
The Family Studies program utilizes both print and online materials to recruit students internally and externally.
Program brochures are available in the department and posters to recruit students across campus are in the process of being posted.
We are preparing to apply for approval as a Certified Family Life Education program offered by the National Council on Family Relations.
Upon approval, all print and web materials will be updated with appropriate symbols and links to the NCFR website.
Faculty regularly present at Washington State Family and Consumer Sciences Educators conference. This is an ideal opportunity to reach professionals who are in a position to directly recruit incoming college students to the department.
Student recruitment is conducted through our current website that includes program information, course information, employment opportunities for merchandising majors, admission policies and links to the Fashion Merchandising contact and various forms.
The Fashion Merchandising brochure is used to recruit students which are available outside the Family and Consumer Sciences main office at all times, at open houses, major fairs and through the mail by request.
The quarterly Departmental Open House held in the Student Union Building for future Central Washington University freshmen and transfer students. This is an opportunity for the Fashion Merchandising professor and her students to represent the major, answer any questions and recruit future majors and minors.
The Winter Majors Fair is a critical opportunity to ensure that every undeclared student at Central Washington University has help with selecting a major. The Fashion Merchandising professor is on hand to offer information and advisement about the Fashion Merchandising major and minor program.
The Fashion Club is another interactive way to recruit students. The club advisor is actively involved in the club and attends most events which is a great opportunity for student outreach. The club advisor is also the Fashion Merchandising program coordinator and advisor therefore Fashion Club activities are a great way to tap the otherwise unavailable range of students throughout the university community.
Recreation and Tourism
1. We have a program brochure which we pass out to students at various fairs held on campus and also off campus. These types of events usually involve a FCS or RT table or booth with a display.
2. Word of Mouth has been one of the most successful methods. This is informal and percolates from students already admitted into the RT Program.
3. RT 201 Introduction to Recreation and Tourism is required prior to admission to the major. Many students register for RT 201 as undeclared majors and through taking this course decide to apply to be either a Recreation Management or Tourism Management major.
4. The FCS web site including RT has recently been updated.
5. CWU has individuals who actively recruit students. The RT program is included in these efforts
6. Faculty regularly attend professional conferences and promote the program to leaders in the field how often are sought for career advice.
7. Faculty make presentations to orientation and Univ 101 courses on a regular basis.
8. Interns gain exposure for the RT Program with the employers and other employees at placement sites.
9. Dr. Cohen is a member of the Higher Education Recreation Committee of the Washington Recreation and Park Association.
The Interior Design program recruits at CWU major fairs.
Recruiting students to our courses and specializations is a major challange for our Department. Students are recruited to our major, specializations, classes and the OSC certificate program through orientations and advising. We use bulletin boards to advertise our programs. Also the core courses required of all Bus Ad students (Fin 370, MIS 386, and OSC 323) are an opportunity for Dept faculty to interest students in their specializations. Our publicity indicates that we are seeking AACSB accreditation
The University does some advertising of westside programs.
International Education and World Languages Day. The International Education and World Languages Day activity will bring students from high schools in the central and eastern areas of Washington State to the Ellensburg campus. Initially, our main motivation was to increase the enrollments in our languages by exposing young people who had not yet made decisions as to what they wanted to study at college. Undoubtedly, holding this event here will have an impact on the enrollments in our language classes. We are finding, however, that the exercise of planning the event and coordinating with the different areas of the university is also having immediate benefits in interdepartmental, intercollege, and interdivisional interaction and cooperation.
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Members of the department have been working with the Office of Admissions to recruit students for our programs. As part of this recruitment effort, several members of the department have received funds from the National Science Foundation Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Expansion Program (NSF STEP) for a series of activities aimed at increasing enrollment/retention in the Sciences, including the geological sciences.
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The department also engages in outreach at events such as the majors fair, career day, and CAT TRACKS. The department maintains a website that provides curricular and other relevant information. However, the website is not intended to be a direct recruiting tool.
Some instructors in introductory classes (100-level classes) provide career and major information to students. Currently, most of our students are recruited through our introductory classes.
Faculty participate in the Transfer Fairs, Wildcat Weekend, and picnics held for the parents of new students to advise them on what Central offers their sons and daughters. The faculty also distribute a brochure discussing the applicability of history skills to other professions.
Recruitment is via pamphlets, flyers and the web. The web link is http://www.cwu.edu/~iet/
The department maintains a web page to provide pertinent information to current and prospective students. Faculty regularly participate in recruiting and majors fairs. Faculty also teach UNIV101 courses – entry courses for freshmen – establishing early rapport with our students.
The BAS-ITAM program, in its second year of existence, is marketing through community college contacts, brochures, print ads, billboards, information sessions led by our BAS-ITAM Coordinator, and bulk mailings. Enrollments have grown to 38 students in the program.
We distribute brochures to interested students, and provide much information on our website. We have neither the funds or staff to actively recruit.
The department regularly participate in the Freshman Orientation, the Major Fair and regularly host representatives from area companies who come to CWU to interview our students for summer internships and full-time positions.
The GEAR UP & Cornerstone Math Coordinator travels to schools throughout the state of Washington. At times, students and teachers will ask specific questions about majoring in mathematics at Central which opens a door to recruiting talented students.
GEAR UP hosts a college visit for sixth graders to CWU where students from participating schools visit various disciplines and are exposed to the university life. The Mathematics Department had two sessions during this program.
Cornerstone is also encouraging high school students into mathematics and becoming mathematics majors at Central. The fact that Central is awarding college math credits is an incentive for students to consider these choices. Additionally, this year, the Cornerstone program has worked with admissions to recruit these students and offer scholarships to them to attend CWU.
a) Recruiting. Many of our most talented students would not come to CWU if we did not have a jazz program of substance.
Health Programs: School Health Program -- We attend all on-campus major fairs and open houses to provide information to prospective students. Our students in the teaching field do a great job recruiting through word-of-mouth. Public Health Program -- The Public Health Program recruits students through a variety of methods. Faculty attend all career firs, major fairs, freshmen orientations, and transfer student orientations provided at CWU. We also promote the major through the publication of a brochure, flyers, and conference meetings. The program has been promoted through our Departmental web page (http://www.cwu.edu/~pehls) and through various Washington State Department of Health pages. (http://www3.doh.wa.gov/here/connections/mentors2007.html#melodym). This is one area where I believe our program could be strengthened.
Food Science & Nutrition: The largest program within the BS in Food Science and Nutrition degree (Nutrition and Dietetics specialization) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetic Education of the American Dietetic Association. In addition, the post-baccalaureate dietetic internship is also accredited by CADE/ADA. Both of these programs are listed in official publications and web pages of the ADA. Also, our participation in ADA and the state organization WSDA also informs professionals of our programs and these individuals often are used as references by students interested in the dietetic profession.
Para-medicine: The paramedic program is accredited by CoAMPSE, and recruitment is primarily through word of mouth and reputation of the program based on past graduates. We also use our department web site and some brochures to attract and inform prospective candidates.
Exercise Science: Information is disseminated through UNIV 101, taken by all freshman students and through both HED 101 and NUTR 245 – very popular course offerings in the General Education program. Additionally, department website information, communication with community college personnel, and general “word-of-mouth” seems to bring a constant stream of prospective students into the program.
Graduate Programs: External – Prospective graduate students visit the department web site for information about the various graduate programs. Interested students will contact the Graduate Director to find out more about the program of interest. Graduate faculty also recruit at conferences through one on one contact, or posting fliers and contact information about HHPN graduate programs. Colleagues at neighboring institutions will put their students interested in pursing graduate studies in contact with HHPN graduate faculty. Internal – Fliers are posted on bulletin boards and HHPN faculty will visit with students who have indicated an interest in graduate school.
We recruit most of our majors and minors through the general education courses. We make information regarding our majors and minors available on our website and bulletin board. We have also hosted parties to publicize our programs.
The Physics Department’s undergraduate programs are promoted internally through campus fairs with the use of a promotional data sheet. For retention purposes, the Department monitors its majors by contacting them each quarter for advising sessions. For recruitment purposes, the Department with the assistance of the CWU admissions office sends out recruitment letters to interested students.
The department has a web site (www.cwu.edu/~polisci) which describes the basic nature of the discipline, structure of the major, faculty profiles, and the like. Also, we have a brochure which outlines the structure and requirements of the major(s) and minor, and gives a brief synopsis of department services and faculty, which we hand out at admissions and majors events, or to interested students who drop by the department. The Department also has a quarterly newsletter that highlights departmental activities, upcoming events or opportunities, student and faculty accomplishments, future course schedules, and bits of political and academic humor that is distributed to students in all our courses each term. Finally, we also send out (excellent) student recognition letters following the completion of each term. Each faculty member nominates the “best” student(s) in their course from that term, and we then send each of them a letter of congratulation on their accomplishment, mentioning that they appear to have an aptitude for the field, etc. Mainly, this is meant to as a form of accolade or positive reinforcement, but the department hopes it may have a public relations/recruitment benefit as well.
Recruitment of undergraduate majors occurs during campus visits by high school seniors and transfer students, during summer preregistration weekends for new freshmen and transfer students, and by assigning energetic and welcoming faculty to PSY 101.
Graduate students are recruited by web information, presentations at professional conferences, and a poster with reply cards mailed to colleges with undergraduate programs in 2006-2007. Accreditation of our graduate programs is prominently displayed in all of these media.
Students enrolled in sociology and ethnic studies courses have come from throughout Washington State, the Pacific Northwest, from outside the region, and from other nations (particularly Japan). We believe our graduates are our best ambassadors when it comes to student recruitment.
Sociology participates in the Cornerstone Program in two high schools (Chelan and Shelton). This program allows introductory sociology courses carrying CWU credits to be offered by approved instructors in high schools located in areas where participation in the state-wide Running Start program is impractical (schools situated in locations too remote from universities and community colleges). Data suggests these students are more likely to attend college upon graduation, and CWU’s name recognition among Cornerstone participants may increase CWU’s ability to recruit these students.
Campus photographers are invited to all productions in order to keep current photos available to university marketing departments.
Specialized, personalized folders are send to all students inquiring about BA and MA prgrams.
The department works closely with admission staff on college fair visits and Theatre specific open houses.
Faculty visit 3-4 conferences each year presenting workshops and informational meetings about CWU.
Web is updated weekly with upcoming events and activities such as hosted conferences, guest artists workshops, specialized courses and productions.
A national marketing campaign is under way at the department level promoting our MA programs and Summer Musical Thearte Conservatory.