What a roller coaster ride of a year this has been... and it's not over yet.
Despite the pandemic, the Global Learning team has continued to strive to provide graduate distance student services and professional program support like we have always done. In fact, many of our distance faculty stepped forward to assist their fellow instructors with moving their courses online this past spring. And our team worked quickly with the campus leadership and the communications and marketing department in order to launch the Keeplearning.mst.edu website for students and faculty. In addition, we were able to move three of our summer camps to a virtual format and host our first ever virtual short course. See below for more details.
Although we have no clear picture of the year ahead, we are looking at creative solutions. Like this year, 2021 will be a time marked by ingenuity, flexibility and agility. Our faculty and staff are meeting regularly to discuss how we can plan for and implement more meaningful and educational virtual experiences. Our goal is to continue our mission of providing unique, life-long learning and educational opportunities beyond the campus.
Join us this fall as we host our first Speakers Series. These talks bring together knowledge experts to discuss a wide range of topics — from research, academics, diversity, career exploration and more. Each talk will take place at noon, last approximately 30 minutes and include a question-and-answer session at the end. More information, including Zoom links for all speaker events, can be found online at global.mst.edu/speakers-series. All talks are free and open to the public.
We were excited to celebrate our 283 distance graduates for the 2019-2020 academic year. This past spring, we celebrated our graduates remotely, congratulating them on their achievements through social media and email. We also welcomed over 350 new distance students.
Over the past year, we increased our communications efforts to support our new and current students in the enrollment process. Through these efforts, we saw over 80 percent of our admitted students enroll at Missouri S&T this past fall. We are excited to be working with several academic departments this year to showcase their programs. Although we had to cancel all in-person recruitment events, we collaborated with the Office of Graduate Studies and hosted several Virtual Graduate Fairs and will continue to offer these once a month throughout the year. We are also launching a Digital Lunch and Learn series, so stay tuned!
U.S. News ranks 15 S&T programs among top online graduate offerings
Students interested in pursuing a master’s degree online have 15 nationally ranked programs to choose from at Missouri S&T. U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Online Programs rankings, include Missouri S&T’s online MBA program, 13 online graduate programs in engineering and U.S. News’ computer information technology category.
Despite having to cancel or postpone most of the 2020 planned events, we did successfully coordinate our first virtual short course in August. Public Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Reserves was held Aug 3-6, with 22 participants completing the 12-hour course.
We also worked with the computer science department in launching a pilot offering of the first of two bootcamps — Computer Science Bootcamp I. This program, when both bootcamps are completed, will satisfy the computer science prerequisites for engineers and other non-computer science graduates to enter S&T's master's degree program in computer science. Spring 2021 is the anticipated launch date for the full program. Learn more
Upcoming this fall/winter, Global Learning will focus on training in the metropolitan area utilizing contacts through its Global-St. Louis facility. We are developing the schedule and courses to be offered and will post to the pce.mst.edu website as they are finalized.
Global learning works with academic departments across campus to help launch new programs and courses. If you're interested in teaching a new course, and need help marketing and recruiting for it, contact global learning at 573-341-4132 or email email@example.com.
Lean Green Belt Short Course
December 8-10, 2020
(registration is open)
This is an in-depth dive into the understanding of lean enterprise principles and how to apply them to your organization. Participants who complete all of the course requirements, and pass the qualifying exam, will receive the Lean Green Belt certification. IISE members receive a discount. Learn More
Instructors, share your knowledge.
Need assistance with the development and delivery of short courses, seminars, workshops or other technical training? Let Missouri S&T’s professional and continuing education team do the hard work for you. They can coordinate the logistics while you simply share your knowledge. Contact the professional and continuing education team at 341-4200 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We are here to help you!
When the decision was made to cancel all in-person S&T summer camps, and look at virtual options, three camp directors accepted the challenge. They worked tirelessly to create memorable, interactive learning experiences for their camps — Jackling Introduction to Engineering, Space the Final Frontier, and ASM/Missouri S&T Materials Camp.
“S&T faculty stepped up to the plate and created presentations and activities that kept online campers engaged and interacting with presenters and one another,” said Dr. Jeffrey Cawlfield, Jackling Introduction to Engineering camp director and professor in Geosciences, Geological and Petroleum Engineering. “We know how important summer camps are to the college pipeline, so we did not want to miss any opportunities to encourage high school students toward a STEM degree at S&T.”
“I heard from multiple campers and parents who were very appreciative to have a camp experience that went virtual instead of canceling completely,” said Dr. Jillian Schmidt, camp director for Space the Final Frontier and assistant teaching professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at S&T. “In some cases, it sounds like the whole family got to learn and take part in the activities. So hopefully we reached an even wider audience than usual.”
Missouri S&T remains committed to serving the needs of its students (current, past and future) through the ongoing academic disruptions caused by the pandemic and looks forward to the time we can welcome everyone back to our beautiful campus. Summer.mst.edu
Sylvia Skouby, a featured speaker
Sylvia Skouby, with our recruitment and student services team, graduated in May with a master's degree in industrial-organizational psychology. She was a featured speaker during the Virtual Celebration of Graduates, where she highlighted her experiences and challenged her fellow graduates to never give up on a dream, and to "give yourself the ability to change what your best is." Watch Video
To connect with Sylvia, email email@example.com or call 573-341-4401.
Adam Moss with S&T Global-St. Louis
In early March, Adam Moss joined the global learning team as a student service coordinator II for the Global-St. Louis facility. He serves as the liaison to internal and external campus constituents and day-to-day recruitment operations. Adam has over five years of experience in recruiting and previously served as an online student admissions counselor and student engagement coordinator at Webster University.
To connect with Adam, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 314-835-9822.
Sue Turner retiring in October
Sue Turner, director of professional and continuing education, will retire at the end of October after more than 40 years with the university. In her role, she oversees the development and implementation of education and training programs for adult learners (pce.mst.edu). This includes online training programs through onlinetraining.mst.edu and event planning, from logistics, contract negotiations, to online registration, website creation and marketing. In addition, a number of youth programs are coordinated through her office, including the very popular Jackling Introduction to Engineering summer camp, and the annual Expanding Your Horizons (eyh.mst.edu) in STEM conference for 7th and 8th grade girls.
The global learning team wishes Sue all the best as she begins this new chapter in her life!