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This month 167 students who completed their capstones in the first half of 2016 are being recognized for their outstanding work.
To celebrate student excellence in the completion of this important endeavor Western Governors University (WGU) grants “Capstone Excellence Awards.” Since November 2015 the Awards have been presented through a continuous nomination/selection process. Capstone Faculty Evaluators nominate deserving capstone projects. The finalists’ work is then reviewed and approved by the Evaluation Management in each College.
Often students’ capstones were chosen because they provided an excellent example of (1) expressing ingenuity (creativity, originality, initiative, or resourcefulness), (2) exhibiting mastery (higher competency, true craftsmanship, or proficiency), or (3) enabling synergy (creating greater value by serving individuals, an organization, or their community).
Besides the nominating statement and examination of the completed capstone project, the reviewers consider:
Note: the importance and relevance of these criteria differ somewhat by degree program.
The capstone is the culminating degree project where WGU students integrate all of their program competencies. It represents our candidates’ best work, and most of their projects are archived with student permission, thereby available to other students, graduates, mentors, and accreditors to view. See below the list of WGU students (now graduates) who received the Capstone Excellence Award for their work during the first half of 2016. You can also link from there directly to these students’ nomination statement and archived work in the Capstone Excellence Archive, accessible through WGU authentication.
This recognition is noted on the recipients’ WGU transcript, and they receive a Capstone Excellence Award certificate. This achievement is also recognized in various University publications. For aspiring students seeking future “Capstone Excellence Award” recognition, please review the submissions in the Capstone Excellence Archive and discuss criteria with your Student Mentor and Capstone Course Mentor to guide your capstone efforts.
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