WCU’s Birth to Kindergarten Program was ranked in the top 10 in the nation by thebestschools.org. The online Bachelor in Early Childhood Education degree programs were ranked based on the quality of the program, types of courses offered, the faculty, awards, rankings and reputation, including the reputation for effectively providing online degree programs. See the entire ranking here: https://thebestschools.org/rankings/best-online-early-childhood-education-bachelors-degree-programs/
Dr. Andrew Bobilya recently published a paper with Dr. Wally Rude from Ambrose University in Calgary and Dr. Brent Bell from the University of New Hampshire. The study explored the impact of first-year college student participation in an outdoor orientation program at three different colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada and was published in the latest issue of the Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education and Leadership (JOREL).
A group representing Die Padagogische Hochschule Salzburg Stefan Zweig (The Salzburg University of Education) spent a day and a half at WCU to learn more about the University Participant Program (UP). The UP program is a two-year living and learning community for college aged adults with intellectual disabilities. The Austrian school is hoping to start a similar program at their school. Read the full Citizen-Times article here:http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2017/02/13/austrian-group-visits-wcu-learn-up-program/97850622/
Dr. Roya Scales and Dr. Kelly Tracy, both Associate Professors in the School of Teaching and Learning have co-published an article in the journal Literacy Research and Instruction. The article, “Using Text Sets to Facilitate Critical Thinking in Sixth Graders” can be read here: http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/PPFupMNIDezDcWZHmjzG/full
Thomas “Zabo” McCants, a Park and Recreational Management alumnus has ben selected as the national 2016 Park Ranger of the Year. Ranger McCants is helping to transform Poinsett State Park, SC and the experiences for park visitors. See the full story here: http://www.servicewearapparel.com/ranger/index.php