WGU Student Newsletter October 2013

It’s October, but don’t be spooked—that eerie hoot-hooting you hear is just the sound of Night Owls hard at work by the light of the full moon. The ominous presence you feel is just the task you keep putting off—and all you have to do to ward it off is buckle down and finish. As the days get shorter and a new chill in the air starts you shivering, just throw on a sweater, pour something warm into your Liquid Motivation mug, and look to this month’s edition of The Night Owl student newsletter to keep you on track. October doesn’t have to be all nightmares when you focus on your dreams!

Night Owls are 1 in a Million—And, Now, 1 in 40,000!

Another big milestone for the WGU community—there are now more than 40,000 of you currently enrolled nationwide!

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Meet Some Adorable Study Buddies

Looking for a quick study break to refresh your batteries? Maybe something cute will do the trick! Check out these photos of your fellow students’ “study buddies.”

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Mentor Advice: Harvesting an Education

There’s nothing like a good metaphor to put things back into perspective. Feeling a little disconnected from your educational goals lately, or just looking for a new way to think about your studies? Nursing Mentor and “small-town Texas farm girl” Carrie O’Connor explains how earning your degree is a lot like the autumn harvest.

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Third-Party Comments for CCNE

The Nursing Department at Western Governors University is scheduled for a December 2013 accreditation site visit by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Federal regulations require that accrediting agencies allow for public comment on the qualifications of institutions of programs under consideration for continuing accreditation.

Both CCNE and Western Governors University recognize that students, alumni, faculty, and employers of graduates have valuable perspectives on the quality of the programs that prepare baccalaureate and master’s degree nurses. Therefore, we invite interested parties to submit written testimony on the nursing programs at Western Governors University to:

Catherine Sneed
Accreditation Coordinator
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
1 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036

Comments should specify the respondent’s name and relationship, if any, to the institution (e.g., student, alumni, faculty, etc.) and must be signed. No anonymous comments will be considered. Comments will be shared only with members of the evaluation team; at no time during the review process are these comments shared with Western Governors University. The evaluation team only considers comments that relate to the program’s compliance with the accreditation standards.

Letters of comment should be received no later than November 4, 2013.

Improve Your Study Space, Improve Your Productivity

Eleven ways your surroundings can have a big impact on how well you study—and things you can do to make sure your environment is conducive to learning.

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For WGU Grad, the Lessons of Tragedy Led to Success

Business Management graduate Bryan Lee’s story is a moving one of painful loss—and finding strength even in the toughest times.

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